2024 Field Crops Virtual Breakfast kickoff to highlight early season weed control

Spring is here and so is the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series! Join us March 21 for the best management recommendations to start your season off well.

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Photo by Christy Sprague, MSU Extension.

Christy Sprague will be kicking off the 2024 Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series with her session on early season weed control. Early season weed control will be particularly important this spring due to the mild winter that has accelerated weed, cover crop and winter wheat growth. The Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on March 21, 2024, will highlight the benefits of early season weed control, key management strategies and the biggest limitations in controlling these weeds. We will also cover precautions and strategies for managing weeds in the winter wheat crop and considerations for cover crop termination.

Michigan State University Extension climatologist Jeff Andresen will present a 15-minute weather summary and forecast. A question-and-answer period will follow. Other Michigan State University Extension specialists and educators will be available for discussion.

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series is live via Zoom every Thursday morning from 7 – 8 a.m., March 21 through Sept. 19. Topics are flexible and loosely established at the beginning of the season and can change to address rapidly changing concerns such as flooding and drought. Each year brings different challenges, and this series is designed to meet the needs of our field crop producers no matter what the conditions may dictate.

Each week, restricted-use pesticide recertification (RUP) credits and certified crop advisor (CCA) continuing education unit credits will also be available. To receive recertification credits, participants must be on the live Zoom session.

After RUP and CCA credit information, attendees can leave or stay on for a less formal Q&A discussion with farmers, educators and specialists that lasts until 8 a.m. In addition to the scheduled speaker for the day, other MSU Extension campus specialists and educators with field crops responsibility are frequently part of the call and are available to answer any question related to relevant circumstances happening in their area of expertise.

Participating is easy and free! Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast Series. You only need to do this once to receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number in the weekly email reminders that are sent every Wednesday and Thursday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time.

Sign up for Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series 

If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP and CCA credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension field crops team social media platforms: Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Twitter

If you are unable to sign up online, call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0341.

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