Michigan State University hosts dry bean and sugar beet virtual field day
Online webinar updated growers and agribusiness industry on current research and outreach
Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch and Extension hosted a virtual field day highlighting dry bean and sugarbeet research August 19 from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
"Michigan’s dry bean growers continue to look for efficient, cost-effective ways to maximize the potential of their land. The MSU Virtual Field Day affords them an opportunity to continue to learn and improve their respective operations," said Joe Cramer, executive director of the Michigan Bean Commission. "We appreciate Michigan State University’s effort to make this knowledge available during these unprecedented times."
Subjects covered included
- Organic dry bean production
- Dry bean end use quality
- Dry bean breeding
- Dry bean variety development
- Weed control
- Sugarbeet root and foliar diseases
- Sugarbeet cyst nematode
- Nutrient management
The first half of the event focused on dry beans, and the second half will focused sugarbeets. Each presentation lasted approximately 10 minutes, including time for Q&A.
The following researchers and Extension specialists presented:
- Scott Bales, dry bean research and Extension specialist
- Daniel Bublitz, sugarbeet research and Extension specialist
- Karen Cichy, associate adjunct professor, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences; and research assistant Weijia Wang
- Francisco Gomez, assistant professor, dry bean breeding and genomics program, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
- Linda Hanson, research plant pathologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture; adjunct associate professor, MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
- Vicki Morrone, Extension organic field crop and vegetable outreach specialist
- Brian Levene, research associate under Department of Entomology Assistant Professor Marisol Quintanilla,
- Christy Sprague, professor Extension weed specialist, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
- Kurt Steinke, associate professor and Extension specialist, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
- Jaime Willbur, assistant professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
"This virtual field day was excellent opportunity to see the dry bean and sugarbeet research being done by the experts at MSU,” said Bublitz. “The presentations provided useful information that can be applied to farm operations."
This event counted for two restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits and two certified crop adviser (CCA) credits.
For more information on MSU’s Virtual Field Days, click here.