Fun facts for a new year!
- Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation, trailing only behind California in the number of different products produced
- Many farmers use GPS (global positioning systems) in their tractors to increase the accuracy of planting and chemical and fertilizer application -- this increases yields and reduces the chance for runoff, protecting soil and water
- Milk from dairy cows is Michigan's top commodity, with over $1.4 billion in cash receipts
- A new pig barn, including technology to regulate the environment, feed and water, could cost $2.8 million!
- A new combine, which farmers use to harvest corn, soybeans and other grains, could cost as much as $300,000 or more!
- Michigan ranks #1 in the country for the production of 12 different commodities, including three types of dry beans, blueberries and petunias
- An acre of cropland in Michigan averages $3,280 and some farmers plant on thousands of acres!
- The cost of seed for an entire year's planting of corn, soybeans and wheat would average around $60,000