Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series continues with conservation for soil health

Join the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series on April 25 as Abby Smith with the Natural Resources Conservation Service discusses conservation practices.

Rows of lush soybean plants growing in a field
Soybeans that were strip tilled. Notice the nice residue cover between rows. Photo by Paul Gross.

Abby Smith, state agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), will talk about conservation practices available with NRCS during the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series on April 25.Conservation planning is the primary tool NRCS uses to identify resource concerns. Walking through the process can help you understand how conservation practices are used to treat resource concerns and how these practices can be beneficial to your farm operation. Smith will talk in greater depth about popular conservation practices used in Michigan and specifically about practices to address soil health. The morning will wrap up with Jeff Andresen, Michigan State University climatologist, providing a weather outlook. 

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series is live via Zoom every Thursday morning from 7 – 8 a.m., March 21 through Sept. 19. Topics are flexible and loosely established at the beginning of the season and can change to address rapidly changing concerns such as flooding and drought. Each year brings different challenges, and this series is designed to meet the needs of our field crop producers no matter what the conditions may dictate.

Each week, restricted-use pesticide recertification (RUP) credits and certified crop advisor (CCA) continuing education unit credits will also be available. To receive recertification credits, participants must be on the live Zoom session.

After RUP and CCA credit information, attendees can leave or stay on for a less formal Q&A discussion with farmers, educators and specialists that lasts until 8 a.m. In addition to the scheduled speaker for the day, other MSU Extension campus specialists and educators with field crops responsibility are frequently part of the call and are available to answer any question related to relevant circumstances happening in their area of expertise.

Participating is easy and free! Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast Series. You only need to do this once to receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number in the weekly email reminders that are sent every Wednesday and Thursday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time.

Sign up for Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series 

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: Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Apple 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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