Field Crop Virtual Breakfast on May 30 will discuss prevented planting crop insurance considerations

MSU Extension’s Field Crop Virtual Breakfast continues May 30 with a discussion on factors to consider if wet conditions continue and fields remain too wet to plant by the crop insurance coverage deadlines.

Irrigated field with standing water
Irrigated field with standing water in Cass County. Note the wheel tracks from burndown application, indicating this is not a new situation this spring. Photo by Bruce MacKellar, MSU Extension.

Early season wet and cold conditions followed by more than a week of heavy rainfall and, more recently, thunderstorms every few days has led to significant field work and planting delays across southern Michigan. Planting progress in some southwestern counties continue to be less than 10-15% for corn and even less for soybeans. There are several things to consider if delays continue past the crop insurance deadlines coming up in early to mid-June. To learn more about this topic, join the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, via Zoom with Michigan State University Extension farm management educator Roger Betz.

Flooded field
Photo by Bruce MacKellar, MSU Extension.

Betz will discuss what you might want to consider when evaluating late planting options compared to taking the prevented planting provision of crop insurance. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the meeting. Jeff Andresen, MSU’s agricultural meteorologist, will also provide an updated outlook for weather during the next two weeks, which will be critical in these decisions.

MSU field crops entomologist Chris DiFonzo, our originally scheduled speaker, will join us Aug. 1 for a full discussion on developments in field crop insect control.

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!

Equipment parked in wet field
Tractor and tillage equipment staged and ready for field work as soon as soil conditions allow in northern Cass County on May 23, 2019. This was all too common a sight in southwest Michigan this week. Photo by Bruce MacKellar, MSU Extension.

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.

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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