Webinar focuses on herbicide efficacy under weather stress

The March 4, 2019, webinar will feature Erin Burns of MSU and focus on how weather stress can affect herbicide activity.

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On March 4, 2019, from 7-8 p.m., Michigan State University Extension’s Field Crops Webinar – Herbicide Efficacy Under Weather Stress will feature MSU’s Erin Burns discussing how weather stress can affect herbicide activity and how to design a program to improve your weed management by planning to buffer weather impacts.

Future climate scenarios for the Great Lakes Region predict increasing temperatures and more precipitation in heavy rainfall events, leaving more days during the growing season that have little or no precipitation, polarizing the wet and dry periods. Herbicide efficacy and potential crop damage are highly influenced by weather conditions. For example, herbicides are less effective when weeds are drought-stressed and herbicide movement into the soil is less, reducing weed control. This webinar will focus on herbicide efficacy under various weather stressors (cold, hot, wet, dry conditions) and how to design robust weed management programs to buffer weather impacts and achieve consistent weed control and crop safety.

Growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in the 2019 MSU Extension Field Crops Webinars, a series of seven online programs addressing field crop production and pest management. The webinars run every Monday evening between Feb. 18 and April 1, starting at 7 p.m. EST. Participants will learn how to enhance their crop production systems in the coming season and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs will be recorded and can also be viewed independently online at participant’s convenience. Registration is $20 for the full series of seven webinars or $5 per individual webinar session.

One MDARD pesticide recertification (RUP) credit will be available through each live event for application to one of the following categories: Private/Commercial Core or Field Crops.

To find out more or to register for the webinar series, visit 2019 MSU Extension Field Crops Webinars. For more information, contact Eric Anderson at 269-467-5510 or eander32@msu.edu. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling the St. Joseph County Extension Office at 269-467-5511.

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