Is alfalfa autotoxicity the cause of your poor alfalfa stand?

Join the MSU Extension Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 13, 2020, with Kim Cassida as she talks about the nuances of this problem.

Photo by Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension

Alfalfa has a unique trait known as autotoxicity. It contains an unidentified water-soluble compound or compounds that are toxic to new alfalfa seedlings, causing direct failure of germination and seedling establishment in some cases. The most damaging effect is permanent damage to surviving root systems that causes reduced persistence and lifetime yield for the stand. The duration and extent of autotoxicity is influenced by a complex mix of environmental, genetic and management factors. Join Kim Cassida to learn more about this problem and how it can be managed at the next Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 13, 2020.

MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast sessions are held every week during the growing season via Zoom video or phone conference. These virtual meetings take place every Thursday morning from 7-7:30 a.m. starting April 16 through Sept. 10, 2020.

Participating is easy and free! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line. If you are new to Zoom, simply download the Zoom app and you will be ready to join online every week to see visuals shared by presenters. A call-in by phone option is also available but note that you will only hear the audio portion.

Restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits are now available for live attendees.

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast. You only need to do this once and you will receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number, as well as weekly reminders every Wednesday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time.

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If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension Field Crops Team social media platforms: Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, and Twitter @MSUExtension.

If you are unable to sign up online, call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0341.

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