Field Crop Sessions Take the Center Stage at the MI Ag Ideas to Grow with Conference, February 15-19, 2021

Learn about controlling pests, farm bill options for 2021, working with lenders, drainage and irrigation, working with MDNR on managing wildlife damage and more. There are over 25 sessions to choose from, over 20 providing RUP credits.

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Covid-19 may have impacted MSU Extension’s ability to host face to face meetings, but the “MI Ag Ideas to Grow With Conference” provides plenty of opportunities for field crop growers to learn.  The main field crop and forage program track is being offered on Tuesday, February 16 running from 9:00 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.  Sessions in this program track include:

  • Corn Tar Spot Management: Disease development and scouting methods, thresholds, fungicide, chemigation, and new thoughts on best timing for control. Marty Chilvers, MSU Field Crops Plant Pathologist
  • Corn Germplasm Screening for Tar Spot, What’s Next in Corn Breeding: Addie Thompson, MSU Corn Breeder
  • Corn Growth, Impact of Planting Date and Relative Maturity on Development: Manni Singh, MSU Cropping Systems Agronomist
  • Focusing on Problem Weeds - Strategies for Control of Johnsongrass, Potentially Glyphosate-Resistant Giant Ragweed, Burcucumber and Common Waterhemp - Erin Burns, MSU Corn Weed Control Specialist
  • Weeds to Watch - Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Michigan and Adjacent States: Erin Hill, MSU Weed Diagnostician
  • Changing Soybean Cyst Nematode Populations – Marisol Quintanilla, MSU Field Crops Nematologist
  • Soybean Research Update – Mike Staton, MSUE Soybean Educator
  • Wheat Research Update – Dennis Pennington, MSUE Wheat Specialist
  • Alfalfa Pest and Production Tips – Phil Kaatz, MSUE Field Crops and Forage Educator

The field crop sessions continue Thursday, February 18, where the focus will be on drainage and irrigation management.

Friday’s (February 19) track will focus on weather and wildlife damage.  Dr. Jeff Andresen, Michigan State Ag Climatologist, will discuss the weather outlook for Michigan in 2021 and review changes in weather patterns over the last two decades. Keith Mason will talk about recent updates to the MSU Enviroweather station website and new tools for pest and disease scouting that are expected on the horizon. There will also be a roundtable discussion of ways that you may be able to reduce your farm’s risk of loss from extreme weather events. Closing out the week, there will be a session that discusses what documentation is needed to work with MDNR Wildlife Biologists and the USDA-APHIS program to seek help in managing crop damage from deer, sandhill cranes and geese.

There is no cost to participate in the conference.  However, attendees must register to receive the necessary Zoom links to enter the sessions. Each session will have a separate log in.  Participants will be able to attend as many sessions as they would like and are also able to jump between programmatic tracks when sessions are being offered at the same time.  Both CCA and RUP credits will be available for over 20 sessions throughout the week—enough to fulfill credit renewal requirements for private or commercial (1A) pesticide applicators.

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