Field Crops Webinar Series addresses profitable soybean production on Feb. 22

The second session of the Field Crops Webinar Series on Feb. 22, 2021, will feature MSU Extension soybean educator Mike Staton.

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Field crop producers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in the Field Crops Webinar Series 2021, a series of six online programs addressing field crop production and pest management offered by Michigan State University Extension. The theme for this year's series is Management Decisions that Pay. Each session will focus on the economics of various crop, pest and marketing management strategies.

In the second session on Feb. 22, MSU Extension soybean educator Mike Staton will focus on “Improving Soybean Production Income.” The average soybean price for the 2020-2021 marketing year is projected to be $11.15 per bushel. This is welcome news considering the average prices for the previous two years were below the breakeven price for most producers. The higher price will tempt soybean producers to place a higher priority on increasing yields than on reducing production costs. Staton recommends resisting this temptation and proposes that the best way to capitalize on the higher soybean price is to maximize soybean yield without increasing costs. 

This presentation will highlight management practices that maximize yield potential without increasing costs. The economic impact of various crop inputs such as fungicides, seed, seed treatments, starter fertilizer and foliar fertilizers will also be covered. The economic impact for the inputs was determined from numerous on-farm research trials conducted across multiple locations and years.

The live webinars will run on Monday evenings from 7-8 p.m. EST/EDT beginning Feb. 15 and ending March 22, 2021. Participants may choose to register for the entire series at $20 per person or for individual sessions at $5 per person per session.

Those who register for and attend the live webinars will be eligible to earn one MDARD pesticide recertification (RUP) credit per session for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core or Field Crops. One continuing education unit (CEU) for certified crop advisers will also be available for each session. Each webinar will be recorded and archived, and participants may choose to view the recordings at a later date (credits available only for participants in the live sessions).

To register for one or more webinar programs in the series, visit the Field Crops Webinar Series 2021 registration site. Prior to each webinar, registrants will receive an email containing a link to connect to the webinar. The webinars may be accessed on a mobile device or a computer with a stable internet connection—no other equipment is necessary.

For additional information or assistance, contact Eric Anderson at 269-359-0565 or

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