Removing water quickly from fields due to heavy rains topic for Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 11

More frequent and heavier rains cause long periods of delay in fields without adequate drainage. MSU tile drainage specialist, Ehsan Ghane, will discuss options for managing increasing precipitation challenges.

Flooded field.
Photo by Phil Kaatz, MSU Extension

When fields become saturated due to excessive rainfall, the consequences of too much water include water ponding, delayed field work and reduced crop yields. Although many areas of Michigan are dry this summer, changing weather patterns will eventually lead to more rain. Scientists are predicting more intense, frequent heavy rainfalls and increased droughts. Wet springs are predicted to get wetter, and dry summers dryer in some years. Ehsan Ghane, Michigan State University tile drainage specialist, will discuss ways to remove water from your fields more quickly during the Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Aug. 11, 2022.

Following Ghane's presentation, MSU Extension climatologist Jeff Andresen will present a 15-minute weather summary and forecast. One RUP credit and one CCA credit will be awarded following the presentations. A question and answer period will follow until 8 a.m. Other MSU Extension specialists and educators will be available for discussion.

Sign up for the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast 

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MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast sessions are held every week during the growing season via Zoom. These virtual meetings take place every Thursday morning from 7-8 a.m., March 31 through September 22, 2022. The Virtual Breakfast Series is flexible, fluid and able to adapt when issues arise due to unforeseen growing conditions. There will be an open 25-minute Q&A session following the presentations with MSU specialists and educators. Participants are encouraged to log into the Zoom link five minutes prior to the start time for a tech check and receive announcements.

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. 

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 and Thursday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time. 

Sign up to receive Virtual Breakfast Zoom information 

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: FacebookSpotifyYouTubeApple 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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