Field Crops Webinar Series wraps up 2023 with opportunities and challenges of disease control

Martin Chilvers and Albert Tenuta discuss and answer questions about the challenges and opportunities present in disease management in field crop production.

We have had a change in the Field Crop Webinar Series schedule for the last two weeks. Erin Hill and Christopher Landau will now be speaking on Monday, March 27, about weed management and herbicide efficacy with variable weather. This week on Monday, March 20, we will have Martin Chilvers and Albert Tenuta speaking about plant disease management.

Some years weather patterns encourage disease development in field crops and some years diseases are just a side note that wouldn’t have affected the bottom line. The question is: Do you have a plan if this year is a high disease pressure year? Are you up to date on what you should be scouting for? Come join us on Monday, March 20, as Martin Chilvers, a field crops pathologist with Michigan State University, and Albert Tenuta, an Extension plant pathologist from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, discuss disease management in field crops.

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. The live webinars will run on Monday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. ET beginning Feb. 6 and ending March 27, 2023.

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

To register for the webinar series, visit the Field Crops Webinar Series event page. The webinars may be accessed on a mobile device or a computer with a stable internet connection. Webinars will be recorded and archived, and participants may choose to view all recordings from the series at a later date. Credits are available only for participants in the live sessions. 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 Requests for accommodations for persons with disabilities will be fulfilled when possible.

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