Upcoming Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series will explore wildlife damage in Michigan field crops

The Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series on June 1 will highlight research by James DeDecker on wildlife damage management.

A deer running in a field with a tractor behind it.
Photo by James DeDecker, MSU Extension

Michigan is blessed with abundant wildlife. People love watching deer and birds, and hunting is a leading recreational activity in the state. As an agricultural community, we respect and enjoy wildlife that make use of farmland but must also manage the devastating effect they can have on our crops. A 2020 study by McKee, Shwiff and Anderson estimated that losses of corn, soybean, wheat and cotton in the Eastern and Southern U.S. totaled nearly $600 million. A 2019 survey of Michigan farmers found that 81% of respondents felt wildlife damage was an important issue, yet 59% reported that current resources available to address them problem are inadequate. Join the Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series on Thursday, June 1, 2023, as James DeDecker leads a discussion on wildlife damage research done in Michigan and how farmers can manage this issue on their farm. Jeff Andresen, MSU state climatologist, will also join us with his latest weather outlook for the 2023 growing season.

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast series will run every Thursday from March 30 through Sept. 21, 7 – 8 a.m. EDT live via Zoom. Farmers, agribusiness personnel and others interested in agriculture can interact with MSU Extension specialists and educators to get their questions answered. Michigan pesticide applicators can earn enough restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits during the season to recertify their credential. One RUP credit (1A, 1B, Comm or Private Core) and one continuing education unit (CEU) for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) are available with each live session.

Each week features a 15-minute presentation on a timely topic from a MSU Extension specialist or educator followed by a 15-minute weather summary and forecast by MSU Extension state climatologist Jeff Andresen. Participants then receive information to apply for credits and can leave or stay for a Q&A session. In addition to the scheduled speakers, other MSU field crops specialists and educators are frequently part of the call and available to answer questions.

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 phone-in option is also available for the audio portion only.

Participants must use a one-time signup to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast as well as weekly reminders. Registrants can opt out at any time.

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If you cannot join a live session, 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 on the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast website 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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