Field Crops

Session information, including recordings are available below. The sessions have been closed caption by machine, so we apologize for any errors or inaccuracies that may appear until we have a chance to edit the captioning files.

All sessions in this track were eligible for RUP and CCA credits.

Tuesday, February 16

9 a.m. - MSU Corn Program Maturity Group-Development and Tar Spot Risk,  What direction is Corn Genetics Going?

Mani Singh and Addi Thompson

Research conducted in 2020 looked at growth and development of corn at various relative maturity groups.  In the age of tar spot, what might work best?  MSU's Corn Breeder Addi Thomson talks about testing corn germplasm for tar spot screening, and what traits corn breeders are looking at in the future.
*1 Credit - 1A, Comm CORE, Priv Core
*1 Crop Management CEU

Session recording coming soon!

10 a.m. - Focusing on Problem Weeds-Gaining Control of Johnsongrass Glyphosate Resistant Giant Ragweed, Burcucumber, Common Waterhemp

Erin Burns

This session will focus on rapidly spreading (or about to) weed species across southern Michigan and strategies to control them.
*1 Credit - 1A, Comm CORE, Priv Core
*1 Integrated Pest Management CEU

Session recording coming soon!

11 a.m. - Review of Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Michigan and Surrounding States, Submitting Good Samples to the Diagnostic Clinic at MSU & Nematode Management Update

Erin Hill and Marisol Quintanella

This session will review herbicide resistant weed species identified in Michigan, their location, and those reported by the Land Grant Universities in surrounding states, and how to submit a good sample to MSU for determination weed species across southern Michigan and strategies to control them.  It will also address bio-type shifts in Soybean Cyst Nematodes in Michigan, and what nematode feeding in corn might look like in the field.
*Continuing education hours are available for Extension Master Gardeners in District 13
*1 Credit - 1A, Comm CORE, Priv Core
*1 Integrated Pest Management CEU

1 p.m. - Tar Spot Management Fungicides/Chemigation for Application of Fungicides for Tar Spot Control and Key Takeaways for Southwest Michigan

Martin Chilvers and Lyndon Kelley

Southwest Michigan remains ground zero for early season tar spot development and has the highest levels of disease incidence and severity.  Michigan State University Field Crops Pathologist Marty Chilvers will be talking about why this seems to be the case and discuss results of his fungicide studies being conducted near Decatur in Southwest Michigan.  Marty will share what he thinks growers here should consider managing tar spot in Michigan’s hardest hit region including when it is critical to scout, when to consider treatment, and weather conditions that can lead to rapidly developing disease.  
*1 Credit - 1A, Comm CORE, Priv Core
*1 Integrated Pest Management CEU

Session recording coming soon!

2 p.m. - Soybean and Wheat Management Considerations for 2021

Mike Staton and Dennis Pennington

Planting date, variety selection, scouting and environmental conditions impact both the crop and pest development for these important crops.  Mike Staton will discuss some important aspects of planting rate and soybean populations, which has implications for canopy wetness and disease control.  Fusarium head blight remains one of the most important diseases of wheat for yield reduction and grain quality and marketability.  Dennis Pennington will discuss how fertility, stand, weather and timing can impact wheat yields and disease control.
*1 Credit - 1A, Comm CORE, Priv Core
*1 Crop Management CEU

3 p.m. - Alfalfa Pest and Crop Management Session

Phil Kaatz

Forages are an important crop for livestock producers and an important cash crop on many farms.  We have seen an increase in pest and weed issues in alfalfa and mixed species forage production.  Pests such as potato leafhopper and alfalfa weevil have become bigger problems.  Growers are looking to protect their stands and reduce the impact of weeds for better hay quality and returns.  Michigan State University Extension Educator Phil Kaatz will talk about management strategies to address these and other issues.  He will also visit about what types of grass species may be best for yields and palatability for the horse market.
*1 Credit - 1A, Comm CORE, Priv Core
*.5 Integrated Pest Management CEU
*.5 Crop Management CEU

Please be aware this is a partial recording and the very beginning is missing.