Field Crop Virtual Breakfast on May 16 focuses on assessing alfalfa stands for winter damage

MSU Extension’s Field Crop Virtual Breakfast continues May 16 with a discussion on assessing alfalfa stands for winter damage featuring Kim Cassida.

Winter damage in an alfalfa field.
Winter damage in an alfalfa field. Photo by Philip Kaatz, MSU Extension.

Frigid weather and ice sheeting took a toll on many alfalfa fields this winter, and producers are encouraged to scout their fields to assess any damage. To learn more about this topic, join the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019, via Zoom with Michigan State University Extension forage specialist Kim Cassida. She will discuss how to evaluate winter damage and decide if an alfalfa stand should be held onto or replaced, and then present options for extending or replacing stands.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the meeting. A weekly weather outlook will also be part of the meeting with MSU agricultural meteorologist Jeff Andresen.

Healthy vs dead alfalfa roots
Healthy root on the left compared to soft discolored dead root on the right. Photo by Philip Kaatz, MSU Extension.

Participating is easy!

You can join using your computer or mobile device (audio and visual) following the Zoom link: 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 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 the following platforms: iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify.

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Scheduled topics and dates

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

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