Organic Agriculture News Archive

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November, 2013

  • Delayed crop harvest increases highway dangers

    November 27, 2013 | Jerry Lindquist | The delayed harvest of grain crops in Michigan this year has put farm equipment operators and motorists at risk as they attempt to share the roadways in the month with the shortest daylight period of the year.

  • Nine things that should be in a cropland lease

    November 27, 2013 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Knowing what should be included in cropland leases will help both lessee and lessor.

  • Thanksgiving on the farm

    November 27, 2013 | Phil Durst | Farming is not done alone. Thanksgiving is an opportunity and a reminder to say thanks to those who have helped you throughout the year.

  • Crafting a Water System Risk Assessment for a GAP Manual

    November 25, 2013 | Phil Tocco | Water conveyance systems for food safety purposes must be assessed regularly and the same way every time. Creating a standard operating procedure that explains how the assessment will be performed is a good method of standardization.

  • Assessing the risks associated with water quality on food safety

    November 25, 2013 | Phil Tocco | The quality of the water used in production and the systems used to convey it are determining factors to providing safe, wholesome produce. Assessing and evaluating risks posed to the water system are good ways to help ensure water quality.

  • On-farm crop tests can be powerful tools for individual farmers

    November 21, 2013 | Jim Isleib | Simple, low-cost trials on your own farm can help you decide if a new practice will work for you.

  • Breakfast on the Farm featured a year in the crop cycle

    November 20, 2013 | Nancy Thelen | Crop production took center stage at the Breakfast on the Farm program held at the Humm Farm in Gratiot County. The event drew more than 2,400 attendees from 79 towns across Michigan plus five states and Australia.

  • Still time to soil test hay fields

    November 15, 2013 | Jerry Lindquist | Soil testing can be done any time of the year and economic markets indicate that hay fields should be tested sooner rather than later.

  • Protecting irrigation equipment from winter damage

    November 15, 2013 | Lyndon Kelley | Broken pipes from freeze damage and electrical equipment failure are results of poor winter preparation of irrigation equipment. Spending time now on your irrigation equipment can help avoid irrigation start up repairs and delays next spring.

  • Is a flexible farm land rent arrangement in your portfolio?

    November 15, 2013 | Dennis Stein | Landowners and tenants are looking to updating their land rental arrangements and rental rates to reflect the volatile commodity markets.

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