MSU Extension Field Crops Webinar Series continues February 19 with drainage considerations for soil health and water quality

Ehsan Ghane and Monica Jean of MSU Extension will discuss how drainage and soil health are linked with water quality.

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Join Michigan State University Extension for the 2024 Field Crops Webinar Series on Feb. 19 which will discuss how excess phosphorus that ends up in water bodies leads to harmful algal blooms. During this webinar participants will learn how stacking soil health and water management practices can help improve crop yield while protecting water resources. Cover crops improve the soil health, thereby improving water movement through the soil and into the drainpipes. Stacking soil health with water management opens opportunities for retaining nutrients. Soil compaction is a common drainage underperformance issue that will also be discussed.

Field crop producers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in the Field Crops Webinar Series, a series of eight online programs addressing field crop production and pest management offered by Michigan State University Extension.

The theme for this year's series continues the Two for the Price of One: Conversations in Row Crop Agriculture. Each session will feature two speakers giving short presentations and discussing various aspects of the topic in an informal talk-show/podcast format with plenty of opportunity for interaction with the audience. Participants will hear how to enhance their row crop production systems in the coming season and have an opportunity to ask questions of agricultural experts.

The live webinars will run on Monday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. ET beginning Feb. 5 and ending March 25, 2024. Topics include the following:




Feb. 19

Linking Drainage, Soil Health, Cover Crops, and Water Quality

Ehsan Ghane, MSU Associate Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and Extension Drainage Specialist, and Monica Jean, MSU Extension Field Crops Educator

Feb. 26

What Can Beneficial Nematodes Tell Us About Soil Health?

Christine Sprunger, MSU Assistant Professor W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, and Tvisha Martin, MSU Doctoral Researcher, Soil Health and Ecosystem Ecology Lab

March 4

Turning Weather-related Challenges to Agronomic Management Opportunities

Manni Singh, MSU Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems Agronomy, and Jeff Andresen, MSU Climatologist

March 11

Dry Bean Production Agronomics and Market Considerations

Scott Bales, MSU Dry Bean Specialist, and Ackerman Marketing

March 18

Opportunities and Challenges of Disease Management: White Mold in Soybeans & Tar Spot in Corn

Marty Chilvers, MSU Associate Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, and Albert Tenuta, Plant Pathologist for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs

March 25

Weed Control Challenges and Management in Field Crops and Forages

Erin Burns, MSU Assistant Professor in Integrated Weed Management, and Kim Cassida, MSU Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Forages and Cover Crops

Cost of registration is $20 per person for the entire series. Those attending the live webinars will be eligible to earn one Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development 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.

Webinars will be recorded and archived, and participants may choose to view the recordings at a later date. Registrants can join the series at any point in the series and have access to sessions they may have missed. Credits are available only for participants in the live sessions.

Register for the Field Crops Webinar Series

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. Archived recordings from previous seasons are accessible for free from the MSU Extension Field Crops website.

For additional information or assistance, contact the Montcalm County Extension office at 269-467-5511 or Call by Jan. 15 to request accommodation for persons with disabilities. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

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