MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series continues as growing season picks up speed

It’s not too late to join the live series that provides timely, relevant information to field crops farmers and connects them to MSU specialists weekly.

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The Michigan State University ExtensionField Crops Virtual Breakfast Series kicked off its seventh season in March and will continue through Sept. 19, 2024. So far, timely topics and contact with Michigan State University (MSU) specialists have carried growers through an uncommonly warm spring, a later season frost, alfalfa weevil, weed management and more challenges this year. As each season develops, different challenges present themselves. The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series helps producers, consultants, retailers and other agriculture professionals stay informed, all in the span of one hour each week. Participants can join from almost anywhere (yes, including from the cab of a tractor) for the topics and a quick weather update. In addition, restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits and certified crop advisor (CCA) continuing education units are available for live attendees.  

Remaining topics for 2024 are listed below. If you missed out on prior topics, they are recorded and available online 


  • 7:00 – 7:15 a.m. Scheduled topic by MSU Extension specialists and educators 
  • 7:15 – 7:30 a.m. Weather with Jeff Andresen 
  • 7:30 – 7:35 a.m. RUP and CCA credits 
  • 7:35 – 8:00 a.m. Q&A with MSU Extension specialists and educators 

Scheduled topics by date 

  • June 13 – Irrigation Management 
  • June 20 – Cercospora for Sugarbeets  
  • June 27 – Insect Update Beneficials & Corn Borer 
  • July 4 – Off 
  • July 11 – Wild Weather for Hay  
  • July 18 – White Mold - Tar Spot Spraying – Will it Pay? 
  • July 25 – Hot Topics Q&A Session 
  • Aug. 1 – Cover Crops After Wheat 
  • Aug. 8 – MSU Diagnostic Lab Topics 
  • Aug. 15 – Field Crops Nematode Update 
  • Aug. 22 – Lime Recommendations for Field Crops 
  • Aug. 29 – Maximizing Wheat Yield Potential 
  • Sept. 5 – Saturated Buffers - A Two for One 
  • Sept. 12 – Grain Marketing 
  • Sept. 19 – Late Season Weed Control 

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast Series. 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 and Thursday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time. 

Sign up for Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series 

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. 

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 and CCA 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.  

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

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