Growing U.P. Agricultural Association

2018-2019 Agronomy Priorities

Growing U.P. Agricultural Association
P.O. Box 168
Chatham, MI  49816
906-439-5114; Fax 906-439-5698
Submitter:  Paul Naasz, Facilitator 

The Growing U.P. Agricultural Association strives to provide direction and support collaborative efforts to share resources through the agriculture industry in the Upper Peninsula.  

Top Four Priorities 

  1. Promote the integration of sustainable crop and livestock systems as supported by the Growing U.P. Agricultural 2018-2019 Livestock Priorities.
  2. Investigate and develop methods to improve soil health and soil biology
    • Evaluate the new methods available to assess soil health and their management implications and understand the interpretations of these methodologies. Support incorporation of these methodologies to improve soil health in the region. 
    • Practices to maximize nutrient efficiency including composting, soil testing, manure analysis and winter livestock feeding strategies.
    • Crop rotation and cover crops in U.P. cropping systems
    • Evaluate no-till practices across the U.P.
    • Utilization of industrial byproducts
  3. Evaluate cost-effective methods to maintain or increase the economic viability of forage production in the U.P. on various soil types
    • Evaluate methods to improve and renovate pastures
    • Continue varietal evaluations
    • Investigate challenges associated with producing high quality forage
      • Improve longevity of alfalfa stands and evaluate harvesting techniques
      • Explore other legume and grass forage options
  4. Continue to investigate and develop other potential cash crop production and marketing strategies including industrial hemp, soybeans, specialty crops (organic vegetables), and seed production.

Other Topics

  • Encourage producer participation in the MAEAP program
  • Encourage the continuation of agricultural education in the schools
  • Address emerging invasive species issues