The Field Crops Webinar Series continues with a discussion on agronomy and weather-related challenges for 2024 production

This webinar focuses on farm management practices with a focus on navigating weather-related challenges to maximize agronomic management decisions.

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Weather is a favorite topic among farmers because it has profound affects in all aspects of agriculture, especially those crops produced in a field setting. Please join Michigan State University Extension in the fifth session of the 2024 Field Crop Webinar Series on Monday, March 4. Michigan State University Cropping Systems Agronomist Dr. Manni Singh, and MSU Climatologist Jeff Andresen will be discussing the relationship between weather, agronomy and cropping systems management.

Recently, growing seasons have presented both weather-related challenges and opportunities for field crop producers in Michigan and across the region. Early season drought, late season rains, large precipitation events and warmer winters are some of the challenges producers in Michigan have dealt with. This discussion will focus on management strategies in response to weather incidences that can lead to increased yield and reduced input costs while also minimizing production risks related to weather, ultimately resulting in improved farm profitability.

Field Crop producers, consultants, and agribusiness professionals are invited to participant in the Field Crops Webinar Series, a series of eight online programs addressing field crop production and pest management offered by Michigan State University Extension.

The theme for this year's series is Two for the Price of One: Conversations in Row Crop Agriculture. Each session will feature two speakers giving short presentations and discussing different aspects of the topic in an informal talk-show/podcast format with plenty of opportunity for interaction with the audience. Participants will hear how to enhance their row crop production systems in the coming season and have an opportunity to ask questions of agricultural experts.

The live webinars will run on Monday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 5 and ending March 25, 2024. Topics include the following:





Turning Weather-related Challenges to Agronomic Management Opportunities

Dr. Manni Singh, MSU Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems Agronomy, and Jeff Andresen, MSU Climatologist


Dry Bean Production Agronomics and Market Considerations

Scott Bales, MSU Dry Bean Specialist, and Ackerman Marketing


Opportunities and Challenges of Disease Management: White Mold in Soybeans & Tar Spot in Corn

Dr. Marty Chilvers, MSU Associate Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, and Albert Tenuta, Plant Pathologist for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs


Weed Control Challenges and Management in Field Crops and Forages

Dr. Erin Burns, MSU Assistant Professor in Integrated Weed Management, and Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Forages and Cover Crops

Cost of registration is $20 per person for the entire series. Those attending the live webinars will be eligible to earn one MDARD pesticide recertification (RUP) credit per session for application to one of the following categories: Private Core and Field Crops Category. One continuing education unit (CEU) for Certified Crop Advisers will also be available for each session.

Webinars will be recorded and archived, and participants may choose to view the recordings at a later date. Registrants can join the series at any point in the series and have access to sessions they may have missed. Credits are available only for participants in the live sessions.

Register for the Field Crops Webinar Series

Prior to each webinar, registrants will receive an email containing a link to connect to the webinar. The webinars may be accessed on a mobile device or a computer with a stable internet connection—no other equipment is necessary. Archived recordings from previous seasons are accessible for free from the MSU Extension Field Crops website.

For additional information or assistance, contact the Montcalm County Extension office at 269-467-5511 or Call by Jan. 15 to request accommodations for persons with disabilities. Requests received after this date will be fulfilled when possible.

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