Field Crops Webinar Series starts February 2021

The Field Crops Webinar Series will help growers and agribusiness professionals prepare for the 2021 growing season.

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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. Participants can access the expertise of agriculture specialists and educators from the comfort of their home or office. The theme for this year's series is Management Decisions that Pay, and each session will focus on the economics of various crop, pest and marketing management strategies. Participants will hear how to enhance their corn, soybean and small grain production systems in the coming season and have an opportunity to ask questions of university agricultural experts.

The live webinars will run Monday evenings from 7-8 p.m. beginning Feb. 15 through March 22. Topics will include:

  • Feb. 15: Corn Yield Drivers and Profit Robbers in the Northern U.S. Corn Belt – Joe Lauer, corn agronomy specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Feb. 22: Improving Soybean Production Income – Mike Staton, soybean educator, MSU
  • March 1: Improving Wheat Production Income – Dennis Pennington, wheat specialist, MSU
  • March 8: Weed Control—Effective Options for Tough Weeds at Different Price Points – Christy Sprague and Erin Burns, weed management specialists, MSU
  • March 15: Crop Fertility Decisions—When Less is More and When Less is Less – Kurt Steinke, soil fertility specialist, and Jon LaPorte, farm business management educator, MSU
  • March 22: Grain Price Outlook and Novel Marketing Strategies – Matt Gammans, agricultural economist, MSU

Participants may choose to register for the entire series for $20 per person or for individual sessions at $5 per person per session. Those attending 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 advisors will also be available for each session. Each webinar will also be recorded and archived, and participants can view the recordings at a later date (credits available only for participants in the live sessions).

Accordingly to the recently-published emergency rule from MDARD, pesticide applicators whose credentials expired at the end of 2019 or 2020 will have those credentials extended to June 30, 2021. A welcome part of that rule allows applicators to renew their credentials via continuing education courses like this webinar series. Another good place to look for other MSU Extension programs offering credits is the RUP and CCA Credit Offerings page on the MSU Extension website.

To register for one or more webinar program in the series, visit the Field Crops Webinar Series event page. 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 free of charge from the MSU Extension Field Crops Team webpage.

For additional information or assistance, contact Eric Anderson at 269-359-0565 or eander32@msu.edu. Call by Feb. 3 to request accommodations for persons with disabilities. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

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