MSU Extension Field Crops Webinar Series starts February 2023

The Field Crops Webinar Series will again be offered beginning in February to help growers and agribusiness professionals prepare for the 2023 growing season.

Field Crop Webinar Series infographic

Field crop producers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in the Field Crops Webinar Series 2023, a series of eight online programs addressing field crop production and pest management offered by Michigan State University Extension. Participants will be able to access the expertise of agriculture specialists and educators from the comfort of their home or office.

The theme for this year's series is Two for the Price of One: Conversations in Row Crop Agriculture. Each session will feature two speakers giving short presentations and discussing different 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. 6 and ending March 27, 2023. Topics include the following:




Feb. 6

Crop Fertility and Biologicals on a Tight Budget…Again

Kurt Steinke, Soil Fertility Specialist, MSU and
Jim Camberato, Soil Fertility Specialist, Purdue University

Feb. 13

Healthy Soils and the Scourge of Heavy Tillage and Compaction

Anna Cates, Soil Health Specialist, University of Minnesota, and
Holly Hatlewick, District Administrator, Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District

Feb. 20

Agronomic Considerations for Managing the 2023 Growing Season

Manni Singh, Cropping Systems Agronomist, MSU and
Laura Lindsey, Soybean & Small Grains Specialist, The Ohio State University

Feb. 27

Technology to Help Make Sense of On-Farm Yield Data

David Bullock, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Illinois and
Elizabeth Hawkins, Agronomic Systems Field Specialist, The Ohio State University

March 6

Soft Landing? Buying and Renting Agricultural Land in 2023

Matthew Gammans, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, MSU and
Wendong Zhang, Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, Cornell University

March 13

Integrated Wildlife Damage in Michigan Field Crops

James DeDecker, Director of Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, MSU and
Amberly Hauger, Wildlife Biologist , USDA Wildlife Services

March 20

Weed Management and Herbicide Efficacy in Variable Weather

Erin Burns, Field Crops Weed Specialist, MSU and
Christopher Landau, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois

March 27

Opportunities and Challenges of Disease Management

Marty Chilvers, Field Crops Pathologist, MSU and
Albert Tenuta, Extension Plant Pathologist, OMAFRA

Cost of registration is $20 per person for the entire series. 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 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. 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 webpage.

For additional information or assistance, contact the St. Joseph County Extension office at 269-467-5511 or Call by Jan. 30 to request accommodations for persons with disabilities. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

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