2012 Drought Disaster Resouces 

Click here to connect with the MSUE Ag New Website - Drought resources page
Universities with DROUGHT resources, this is a listing of several Universities links that have drought related information and resources on a variety of topics.   (  pdf file )

Beef Feedlot placement vs. selling corn crop evaluation Webinar  is now available for your review and considerations.
Web Link:    https://connect.msu.edu/p9gaku3mm89/

 Beef Feedlot Placement additional resource is a power point version of this beef feeder placement presentation.
If you are interested in looking at your farms situation using this spreadsheet evaluation tool (excel templated)  consider contacting your local MSU Extension educator to setup a time to use this tool. Visit MSU Extension's Web page and use the  Find a Expert  tab to located the Extension Educator for your area.

Beef Feedlot Feed and Forage Alternatives to help deal with high commodity prices and limited drought impacted commodity supplies.  Featured in this presentation is Dr. Steve Rust,  MSU Beef Specialist who takes use through a process of looking at some alternative feed and forage sources that Beef and Cattle farms may want to consider in their efforts to maintain profitability and to secure enough feed and forages to meet your farms needs.   Alternative feeds have different values and may come with some restriction on total amount that can be utilized in various rations but all farms need to take the time to think outside the normal box and consider if some alternative feeds or forages will help to maintain their farms profitability under current condtions.
Web Link:  https://connect.msu.edu/p12zs85llcu/

Additional BEEF resources can be found at:   http://beefteam.msu.edu/                The beef workgroup has additional information and links to a variety of resources.

Corn Stover (part one of two); an Corn Stalk Alternative Forage & Pricing this crop:   As cattle farms search to find a source of forage alternatives to complete the needs of their cattle rations many farms are considering Corn Stover / Stalks as one of those options.   In this webinar Mark Seamen, MSU Extension Educator takes a look at how a crop farm would develop a reasonable price/ value if corn stover is sold to a cattle farm.   Also featured is Kevin Gould, MSU Extension Educator, takes a look at some of the values as a forage, harvest considerations and general value of corn stover for a beef cattle farm.
o    Link to this recording is located at:  https://connect.msu.edu/p6upovgc2m3/
Presentation slides used in this session:  1. Harvest corn stover value of nutrients removal, Mark Seamon;   2.  Stover harvesting systems, Kevin Gould;

Corn Stover (part two of two):  Corn Stover/ Stalks an Atlernative Forage for Beef Feedlots, Beef- Cow/Calf and Dairy farms may want to consider as a method to supplement their farms forage needs as a result of the 2012 Drought.  Many farms may find corn stalks as an economical option to replace some of the forages that your farm may have used in the past.  With commodities rocketing higher every livestock farm will need to take the time and make the effort to consider the use of alternative feed and forages to keep their farms profitable this presentation addresses some of these issues.
You can find this recording at:     Link to corn stalk presentation #2    length 1:06 hours   oct. 3rd, 2012    https://connect.msu.edu/p75padlp13e/        If you would rather review this presentation in a .pdf format  here is the link:   (1. Feeding value of untreated and treated corn stover in high grain diets)(2. Corn Stover Feeding Systems) (3. Utilizing Corn Stalks as a Forage Source on Dairy Farms),  (4. Purchase/ Sale Arrangement Considerations)
As a supplement to this webinar recording you will want to use  (feed values of corn stover)   this is a correction of the table presented in this recording.


Guidelines for Buying/Selling High Moisture Shelled Corn  ( pdf file)
Aug 10, 2011 |Gerald Lindquist, MSU Extension Grazing & Crops Educator; Roger Betz, Senior District MSU Extension Farm Management Educator, Dr. Roy Black, MSU Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics Specialist and Dennis Stein, District MSU Extension Farm Business and Risk Management Educator.| Every fall some dairy and livestock farms are looking to purchase extra shelled corn. In certain years, like this one, some cash crop farmers will have immature corn that is very wet and may not make suitable dry corn but could be fed as high moisture shelled corn (HMSC).  The question then becomes how to negotiate a price for HMSC that will be in the best interest of both parties.
To access the complete factsheet click the link above to download.

Guidelines for Pricing Corn Silage and Earlage from Immature Corn (pdf file)
September 8, 2011 | Dr. Roy Black, MSUAgriculture, Food and Resource Economic Specialist & Dr. Steven Rust, MSU Animal Science Specialist| This article describes the nutrient values of corn using different harvest, storage, and processing methods and suggests benchmark pricing methods which might be used to initiate negotiate discussions between cash crop producers who have later maturing corn for sale and livestock producers who use the corn for feed and have the harvest and storage capacity to handle the corn.

Feed and Forages Inventory Worksheet (pdf file) - (word.doc)
September 9, 2011| Dennis Stein, District Farm Management Educator;   This form is laid out to aid you in development of a feed and forages inventory for your farm.

Feed and Forages Measurement tables   (pdf file)
    Feed and forages capacity tables
    Bag silo for haylage
    Bag silo for corn silage
    Silo upright for cracked corn and ground ear corn

September 23, 2011 | Dennis Stein, District Farm Management Educator;  Charts and tables to help in calculation of various feed and forages in different storage structures.

Feed Inventory Disclaimer ( pdf file)
Feed Inventroy Instruction manual (pdf)
Feed Inventory excel worksheet  (xls)

December 2011| Dr. Craig Thomas, District Dairy Educator developed this Dairy Feed Inventory Planner.  Above are the files providing you with the Standard program Disclaimer, user manual/instructions and the actual excel workbook that contains multiple spreadsheets that set up this planning/inventory process.  Questions regarding these file can be directed to Dr. Thomas at the Sanilac MSU Extension office at 810-648-2515 or by email at thomasc@msu.edu
Various Types of Farms financial analysys summary Paper (pdf file) this downloadable staff paper is designed for a farm to assemble their financial and production records into a format that allows them to create a Farm Financial Business Analysis report on their own.  This information can be very valueable if a farm is providing finanical information to their lenders or in the case of the Drought or Freeze Disaster loans this report can be part of the farms financial information needed to obtain a new loan or in some cases in the restructure of current loans.

Fruit Farm Business Analysis  (pdf file)
Vegetable Farm Business Analysis  (pdf file)
Field  Crop Farm Business Analysis  (pdf file)
Dairy Farm Business Analysis  (pdf file)
Swine Farm Business Analysis  (pdf file)