Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series continues with corn and soybean planting considerations

Join the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series on April 18 with MSU Extension cropping systems agronomist Manni Singh discussing planting considerations for corn and soybean this spring.

A John Deere tractor with planter preparing a field
A soybean planting in St. Joseph County. Photo by Eric Anderson, MSU Extension

By this time, most corn and soybean farmers in Michigan will have made their hybrid and variety selections, and most will be taking possession of seed in the next few weeks. What else must be decided in order to optimize yield potential this season? Tune in to the Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series on Thursday, April 18 at 7 a.m., when MSU Extension cropping systems agronomist, Manni Singh, will discuss making profitable corn and soybean planting decisions. Singh will provide research-based recommendations regarding: 

  • Planting date 
  • Seeding rate 
  • Planting depth 
  • Row spacing 
  • When to switch from soybean to corn planting 

Following Singh’s presentation, MSU Extension state climatologist, Jeff Andresen, will provide a summary of the past week’s weather and a forecast for the next one to two weeks. Participants will then have the opportunity for an open Q&A with Singh, Andresen, and other MSU Extension specialists and educators.  

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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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