Resources and Tools for Farmers

Resources and Tools for Farmers

This program is available to any private Missaukee County landowner that would like to know and understand the make-up of their soil. Whether you are a commercial farmer or home gardener, you can take advantage of this incentive. All you have to do is have your soil tested, bring the results and a receipt to the Missaukee Conservation District where you will be partially reimbursed for the testing costs. The program is being funded by the 2018 Missaukee Conservation District millage.

Why test your soil?

  • Choose the correct fertilizers and give your plants only the nutrients they really need
  • Helps avoid excessive fertilizer use, saving you time and money
  • Protects the environment
  • Prevents possible plant damage
  • Improves crop yield and plant growth

Download the Soil Sampling Guide here: Soil Sample Booklet 2020

Have questions? Contact Jodi DeHate, MAEAP Technician at 231.839.7193 or

There are a lot of great online tools and resources specifically for farmers, but which ones are really great? Jodi has compiled many resources that are easy to use and have a lot of good, unbiased information.

  1. Enviroweather:  This is a MSU tool that can give information on Growing Degree Days, Rainfall, pest emergence, etc… Make sure to change the weather station at the top to the weather station nearest you. Missaukee Conservation District helped fund the weather station in McBain. Other local stations are in Arlene and in Kalkaska.
  2. MSU Weeds: updates from MSU on pesticides, IPM, and pest issues. Another robust site from MSU.
  3. Well logic– This site can help you find your well record.  No need to log in, just start searching. Pro Tip: use the County, Township, Section search. That tends to find most wells the best.
  4. Web Soil Survey- this one is a bit trickier to navigate, but it tells the user what soil types can be found at most locations. To start click on the big green dot. On the next page find the address tab on the left side and enter in an address. Use the navigation buttons above the picture to help you out.
  5. MSU Field Crop page: this page has a ton of great information packed into it, explore this page!
  6. Driftwatch: register your field or site for the specialty crops you grow or beehives. This helps other farmers know where to be even more careful with their pesticide applications.
  7. Midwest Cover Crop website: this site can help you select cover crops for your area and your goals. Great website for all growers, big and small!
  8.  MSU’s EnviroImpact tool – helps farmers make better manure spreading decisions based on weather forecasts and soil temp. Mobile friendly too!
  9. Michigan Sensitive Areas tool– this tool helps you identify sensitive areas on your fields and other conservation practices that may help your farm.
  10. New! Integrated Pest Management Academy – this offers RUP credits!!!
  11. The Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center offers webinars on manure safety, transport, and nutrient management.
  12. Crop Protection Network – a website created by Land Grant colleges like MSU to keep farmers up to date on crop protection issues.
  13. Crop Budget Estimator–  a great tool from MSU to estimate profits based on your inputs and markets. Very detailed.

Do you have another great site that you think should be added to this page? Email or call Jodi at: or 231.839.7193.