2009-05-07 / Sports

Field Notes 05/07/2009

Trail repair seminar
ORTONVILLE — The Michigan Horse Council will present a trail repair seminar Saturday, May 9, at the Ortonville Recreation Area horse camp from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Topics of discussion include tread repair - wet trail, trail reroute, trail closure. Details or to help out, www.michiganhorsecouncil.com.

Farmers’ planting outlook
NATIONWIDE — The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture released its 2009 Prospective Plantings report April 17 which shows crop planting projections for the upcoming spring/summer growing seasons.
Corn growers expect to plant 2.3 million acres, down 100,000 acres from 2008. Soybean acres are estimated at 1.95 million acres, up 50,000 acres from 2008. Sugarbeet growers are projecting to plant 138,000 acres, up a slight 1 percent from last year. Michgian’s dry edible bean plantings are estimated at 210,000 acres, up 5 percent from 2008, and barley acres are projected at 11,000, down 1,000 from last year.
MIchgan’s hay harvest acres are expected to reach 1.1 million acres, an increase of 80,000 from 2008. Corn growers added that they plan to plant 85 million acres for all purposes in 2009, down 1 percent based on falling corn prices. If the numbers hold true, it will be the third largest corn acreage planted since 1949, with 2007 and 2008 as the most acres planted. The soybean plantings will mark the largest on record if those numbers hold true.

Field Notes by Lisa Paine

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