Weather and Wildlife

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, as indicated below.

Friday, February 19

9 a.m. - Weather Outlook for 2021 in Michigan, Our Changing Growing Season Trends

Jeff Andresen

The session will discuss the weather outlook for the 2021 growing season.  Jeff Andresen, MSU Ag Climatolgist, will discuss what his crystal ball has in store for growers for 2021, and how the changing trends may impact crop growth and pest management.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Soil & Water Management CEU
*.5 Integrated Pest Management CEU   

10 a.m. - Using the Enviroweather Station Data for Management and Building Your Own? 

Keith Mason, Erin Lizotte, Younsuk Dong

The MSU Enviroweather system provides excellent weather information for agricultural management across the state.  The system is getting a facelift that should allow users greater access to information and management tools.  Keith Mason will be on hand to discuss these changes, what they will mean for users, and other potential tools the team hopes to provide to enhance crop and pest management decisions.  Erin Lizotte, Long time MSU Fruit Educator, has now been charged with leading MSU’s IPM Program.  She will talk a little about what direction she would like to take the program and ask for some input from participants on what you would like to see for more or better tools in pest management.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Soil & Water Management CEU
*.5 Crop Management CEU   

11 a.m. - Managing for Weather Extremes - How Well Set is Your Operation to Handle Challenges?

Bruce MacKellar, Tim Harrigan, Mani Singh, Lyndon Kelley, and Sarah Fronczak

Weather patterns across the Midwest are changing.  Warmer, wetter winters, more summer heat, more intense rainfall events, more changeable conditions, warm temperatures followed by extreme cold in early spring.  These have led to planting delays in field and vegetable crops and damage to fruit trees. These also have created challenges in the being able to apply chemicals in a timely manner to control pests effectively. This session will discuss some things to consider that may help manage around our changing weather.
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, 1C, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Soil & Water Management CEU
*.5 Nutrient Management CEU  

Session recording coming soon!

1 p.m. - Working with MDNR and USDA to Reduce Wildlife Damage on Your Farm

Bruce MacKellar, Lyndon Kelley, Eric Anderson

Damage from Deer, Sandhill Cranes, Geese and other species has been on increase for several years.  This session will provide an overview of what sort of information needs to be collected, documented for the MDNR and the USDA APHIS Wildlife Service to be able to control wildlife during the growing season and during the fall hunting season for game species.  MSU Extension Educators have worked closely with MDNR Wildlife Biologists in Southwest Michigan over the last couple of years to help provide some feedback on levels of wildlife damage to crops.  The session will also discuss non-lethal methods that can be used to help reduce damage from sandhill cranes, birds and deer. 
*1 Credit - 1A, 1B, Comm CORE, Priv CORE
*.5 Integrated Pest Management CEU
*.5 Crop Management CEU   

Session recording coming soon!