Alfalfa planting recommendations featured on upcoming Field Crops Virtual Breakfast
The April 13 Field Crops Virtual Breakfast will feature Kim Cassida on establishing alfalfa stands.
Alfalfa is the cornerstone forage for perennial haylage and hay production. Establishing a new stand takes careful attention to detail to ensure success. Join the Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series on Thursday, April 13, 2023, to learn how site preparation, timing, seeding methods and variety selection can help improve the odds of getting a successful and persistent stand. Whether you are establishing alfalfa as a cash crop or for your livestock feed you will want to join us for this discussion. Jeff Andresen, MSU state climatologist, will also join us for his latest weather outlook for the 2023 growing season.
The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast series will run every Thursday from March 30 through Sept. 21, 7 – 8 a.m. EDT live via Zoom. Farmers, agribusiness personnel and others interested in agriculture can interact with MSU Extension specialists and educators to get their questions answered. Michigan pesticide applicators can earn enough restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits during the season to recertify their credential. One RUP credit (1A, 1B, Comm or Private Core) and one continuing education unit (CEU) for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) are available with each live session.
Each week features a 15-minute presentation on a timely topic from a MSU Extension specialist or educator followed by a 15-minute weather summary and forecast by MSU Extension state climatologist Jeff Andresen. Participants then receive information to apply for credits and can leave or stay for a Q&A session. In addition to the scheduled speakers, other MSU field crops specialists and educators are frequently part of the call and available to answer questions.
Participating is easy and free! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line. If you are new to Zoom, simply download the Zoom app and you will be ready to join online every week to see visuals shared by presenters. A phone-in option is also available for the audio portion only.
Participants must use a one-time signup to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast as well as weekly reminders. Registrants can opt out at any time.
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If you cannot join a live session, 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 on the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast website 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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