Field crop insect issues will be discussed during next Field Crop Virtual Breakfast

Join the MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 25 when Chris DiFonzo discusses field crop insect issues and management strategies.

Insect pest damage
Insect pest damage to corn observed mid-July 2019. Photo by Paul Gross, MSU Extension.

This year has been one for the record books so far. The wet and relatively cool start followed by hot and dry conditions present a mixed bag for insects. These conditions favor certain insects, increase the risk of their damage, and suppress others. Scouting and monitoring are key first steps for farmers in insect management to determine pest pressure. Timely scouting helps determine if insect populations are increasing, declining or approaching action thresholds. Farmers can then make timely decisions and reduce the risk of potential crop damage and loss of income.

Michigan State University Extension field crops entomologist Christina (Chris) DiFonzo will discuss insects that field crop farmers should be scouting for and management strategies during the July 25, 2019, Field Crops Virtual Breakfast meeting from 7-7:30 a.m. via Zoom. She will be available to answer questions you may have. Following the field crops insect discussion, MSU’s agricultural meteorologist Jeff Andresen will present the current weather conditions and the seven- to-10 day forecast.

Participating is easy!

You can join using your computer or mobile device (audio and visual) following the Zoom link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/552324349. Or, call in from your phone (audio only) by dialing 669-900-6833 and enter meeting ID 552-324-349.

To receive a weekly email reminder of the Virtual Breakfast, sign up at http://eepurl.com/gm-PIv. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time.

Can’t make it Thursday morning? Watch the recording!

For those who cannot join on Thursdays at 7 a.m., the Virtual Breakfast sessions will be recorded for later viewing with closed-captioning on the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage. Podcasts are also available on iTunes and Spotify.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media. Stay up-to-date on what is happening in Michigan field crops by liking the MSU Extension Field Crops Facebook page or following @MSUEFieldCrops on Twitter.

Scheduled topics and dates

Note that these may change to cover breaking pest and weather situations.


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