Michigan corn price up from March 2018

TRAVERSE CITY — Corn grown in Michigan sold in March at $3.63 per bushel, down 6 cents from February, but up 4 cents from March 2018, according to to a release from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Great Lakes Region.

Soybeans sold at $8.70 per bushel in March, up 10 cents from February, but down $1.28 from March 2018. Wheat sold at $5.56 per bushel, up 34 cents from February, and up 84 cents from March 2018. Milk sold at $16.50 per hundredweight in March, up 70 cents from February and up $2.40 from March 2018.

Arizona ski resort plans record by staying open until May 19

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — An Arizona ski resort is planning its longest season by remaining open through mid-May. The Arizona Daily Sun reports the Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff expects operate until May 19 because of favorable weather conditions and a record number of skiers.

The resort 144 miles north of Phoenix normally closes in April. If it remains open, Snowbowl will have operated 160 days this winter. The previous record of 144 days was set in the winter of 2016-2017.

Officials say the resort recorded 28 feet of snow this winter, although remaining open would not be possible without machine-made snow using reclaimed water.

GM recalls trucks due to engine block heater cord fires

DETROIT — General Motors is recalling more than 368,000 pickups and other trucks worldwide — including 324,000 U.S. trucks — after 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords.

The recall covers certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 trucks, as well as the 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500. All have GM's 6.6-Liter diesel engines and an optional engine block heater used to keep the block warm in extremely cold temperatures.

GM is asking customers not to use engine block heaters until further notice. The company said Friday that the electric heater cord or the terminals connecting the cord to the heater could short-circuit and fail. That can cause fires. No injuries have been reported.

GM is still trying to find the cause of the problem and develop a fix. The company began investigating the problem in December and found that a fire can occur if a block-heater coolant leak develops and the coolant comes in contact with the cable terminals, or if the cable itself is damaged.