Soybeans and nitrogen applications featured on upcoming Field Crops Virtual Breakfast

Participants will learn if applying nitrogen fertilizer to soybeans is profitable and what products, application methods and rates have the most potential to increase profitability.

A combine planting soybeans in a field.
Planting soybeans in Sanilac County. Photo by Mike Staton, MSU Extension.

Field crop producers will learn about the most current research and recommendations regarding nitrogen management in soybeans by tuning in to the Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 7 a.m. Kurt Steinke, MSU Extension soil fertility specialist, will provide research-based recommendations to help soybean producers decide if they should apply nitrogen fertilizer to soybeans. Specifically, Steinke will cover starter and broadcast nitrogen fertilizer effects on nodulation, yield and income.

At the conclusion of Steinke’s presentation, MSU Extension climatologist, Jeff Andresen, will provide a 15-minute weather summary and forecast.

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast series will run every Thursday from March 30 through Sept. 21, 7 – 8 a.m. EDT live via Zoom. Farmers, agribusiness personnel and others interested in agriculture can interact with MSU Extension specialists and educators to get their questions answered. Michigan pesticide applicators can earn enough restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits during the season to recertify their credential. One RUP credit (1A, 1B, Comm or Private Core) and one continuing education unit (CEU) for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) are available with each live session.

Each week features a 15-minute presentation on a timely topic from a MSU Extension specialist or educator followed by a 15-minute weather summary and forecast by MSU Extension state climatologist Jeff Andresen. Participants then receive information to apply for credits and can leave or stay for a Q&A session. In addition to the scheduled speakers, other MSU field crops specialists and educators are frequently part of the call and available to answer questions.

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 phone-in option is also available for the audio portion only.

Participants must use a one-time signup to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast as well as weekly reminders. Registrants can opt out at any time.

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If you cannot join a live session, 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 on the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast website 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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