Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 15 to focus on new drain spacing tool to maximize profit

Participants will learn how to use the drain spacing tool to estimate the optimum tile drain spacing for their farm.

A field after drainage system installation.
A field after drainage system installation. Photo by Ehsan Ghane, MSU.

The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Thursday, July 15, 2021, will feature Ehsan Ghane, MSU drainage extension specialist, as he discusses different aspects of the Drain Spacing Tool, such as how does this affect the farmer bottom line and how does it protects water quality. The Drain Spacing Tool estimates the optimum spacing of 4-inch lateral drains that maximize economic return on investment in the drainage system. The tool has a geographical user interface that allows navigating to a specific field in the Midwest. Once at the specific field, enter a few simple inputs. Then, the tool uses site-specific soil and weather data to estimate the optimum drain spacing.

A weather update for the week will be provided by MSU agricultural climatologist Jeff Andresen, and there will be an opportunity for participants to have their questions answered.

Sign up for the free Field Crops Virtual Breakfast

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series are held every week during the growing season via Zoom video or phone conference. These virtual meetings will take place every Thursday morning from 7-7:30 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 23, 2021. There will be a 30-minute Q&A session following the presentations.

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 call-in by phone option is also available but note that you will only hear the audio portion. 

Restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs are now available for attendees who attend the live meeting. 

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast. You only need to do this once and you will receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number, as well as weekly reminders every Wednesday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time. 

Sign up for the free Field Crops Virtual Breakfast 

If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., 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 at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension Field Crops Team social media platforms: FacebookSpotifyYouTubeApple 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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