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Laurie Isley

U.S. Soybean Farmer
Michigan

Third generation farmer Laurie Isley is the owner of Sunrise Farms, Inc. in Palmyra, Michigan. Laurie and her husband James farm 1,000 acres of corn and soybeans. She received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in Agriculture and Natural Resources and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Laurie was active in 4-H, FFA, and Michigan Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee for six years. She currently serves as the MSPC and Lenawee County Farm Bureau president and is also a program area representative for outreach, resources and administration.

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Ground Work 2021: Michigan Soybean Harvest Moving Quickly

Laurie IsleyOct 11, 2021

The dry August in our region of the eastern U.S. Midwest first showed its impact on our crops with how quickly both our soybeans and…

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Ground Work 2021: Season Just Starting to Change for Michigan Soybeans

Laurie IsleySep 13, 2021

As August ends and September begins, we are seeing the first signs of fall in our region of Michigan, in the eastern U.S. Midwest. I…

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Ground Work 2021: Promoting Sustainable Practices in Michigan Soybeans

Laurie IsleyAug 10, 2021

From mid-July through August, we are consistently watching and waiting for rain. Thankfully, we have had very timely rains so far this season in our…

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Ground Work 2021: Sustainable Practices Making a Difference in Michigan Fields

Laurie IsleyJul 8, 2021

We are enjoying a break from work now that the crops are planted and we’ve done what we can to provide an environment for them…

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Ground Work 2021: Wrapping up Michigan Planting Season

Laurie IsleyJun 4, 2021

We finished planting soybeans in mid-May, and we terminated all our cover crops prior to crop emergence. Corn planting was completed on May 24. It…

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Ground Work 2021: Planting Soybeans in Michigan

Laurie IsleyMay 10, 2021

We are in full planting mode! We often have limited good days to plant our soybeans and corn, due to spring storms. That means when…