Traverse City Record-Eagle

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February 8, 2014

Ag show to tackle trends

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwest Michigan farmers are invited to attend the 30th annual Buckley Farm Show on Feb. 18.

“We are going to zero in on some of the hot button issues and practices that the guys really want to know about,” said show organizer Frank Lipinski. “For example, corn prices dropped 45 percent in the last year, which means you’ve got to market a lot smarter. It’s agriculture economics and marketing.”

Jerry Lindquist will discuss cover crops like groundhog radishes, which can help improve soil quality.

“When you take the wheat crop off you still have two and a half months of growing time,” Lipinski said. “So why not put a crop on there that will not take up unused nutrients — or which could possibly leach away — and instead give yourself a live nutrient system that provides organic matter for when you are ready to plant in the spring?”

Duke Elsner and Greg Shy will provide updates on Michigan State University Extension and Farm Service Agency programs. Natalie Rector will provide an update on corn research projects and grants completed in 2013. Joe Charlevoix will offer a 2014 growing season weather forecast. Another topic of discussion will be the Bayside and Lemke Seed consolidation.

The show will be held at Hannah St. Mary’s School on M-113, one mile east of the intersection of M-37 and M-113. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Lipinski at 231-269-4040 or 231-218-0145.

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