Free Field Crops Webinar Series offered Monday evenings February 24-March 31

Participants will receive condensed highlights from winter MSU Extension programs covering field crop production and pest management in 2014.

Field crop producers and agribusiness professionals who are unable to attend Michigan State University Extension’s traditional winter programs have no need to worry. On Monday evenings from Feb. 24 through March 31, MSU Extension will offer the 2014 Field Crops Webinar Series addressing key production points for the coming growing season in a condensed virtual format. These live webinar programs will run from 7-8 p.m. EST and can be viewed independently online at no cost over a high-speed Internet connection. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each event for application to the Private Core, Commercial Core or Field Crops categories.

The Feb. 24 program will be presented by MSU Extension educators Martin Nagelkirk and Jim Isleib and focus on enhancing small grain systems in the coming season by addressing common production and pest management issues. On March 3, MSU Extension bioenergy educator Dennis Pennington will discuss emerging opportunities to harvest and market corn stover as livestock feed or a biofuel feedstock. On March 10, MSU field crops pathologist Martin Chilvers will address the questions of when and how to economically apply fungicides in corn and soybean systems.

On the evening of Monday, March 17, MSU field crops entomologist Christina DiFonzo will present her recent research findings regarding the development of Bt resistance among Michigan corn rootworm populations. On March 24, new developments in weed control technologies and herbicide resistance management will be the focus of the presentation by MSU weed control specialist Christy Sprague. The final webinar of our 2014 series will occur on March 31 and cover the integration of alternative forages and cover crops into Michigan production systems with a presentation by MSU forage specialist Kim Cassida.

MSU Extension’s 2014 Field Crops Webinar Series represents a unique opportunity to access the expertise of MSU’s field crop specialists from the comfort of your own home or office. Register online for one or more webinar program in the series. Once registered, participants will receive an email containing a link to connect to the webinars.

For additional information or assistance, contact James DeDecker at 989-734-2168 or Call 989-734-2168 by Feb. 17 to request accommodations for persons with disabilities. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

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