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Field Crops


  • Crops for Dairy

    MSU Extension provides easy-to-access information and specialized dairy programs, ranging from online resources to educational seminars, to producers and advisors throughout the state.

  • Cover crops for dairy farms

    Published on June 27, 2012
    Cover crops can be a great option for dairy farmers looking to add nitrogen to the soil, reduce weed pressure, build soil organic matter and suppress nematodes.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: Opportunities for dairy promotion

    Published on April 6, 2021
    Educator Marianne Buza talks with Ashley Kennedy, a farmer, blogger, and dairy spokes-person about her experience and strategies to promote the dairy industry with consumers.

  • “Common Sense” for dairy farmers

    Published on December 19, 2017
    Words of encouragement and challenge from the American Revolution hold value today for dairy farmers facing a crisis of their own.

  • Cover Crops Options for Prevented Planting

    Published on June 5, 2019
    Podcast recording on cover crop options for prevented planting.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: LEAN farming for dairies

    Published on April 6, 2021
    Educator Martin Mangual talks with Allen Bonthuis, founder of Farming LEAN, about how LEAN management can be implemented and used by dairy farms to improve efficiency.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Marketing Dairy Beef

    Published on May 30, 2021

    In the first session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Larry Rose (JBS Head of Cattle Procurement) and JT Loewe (JBS Cattle Procurement) have a conversation with the audience discussing marketing aspects of dairy beef. Both Larry and JT share their observations and experiences with crossbred dairy beef cattle at JBS and their future thoughts on the role for crossbred dairy cattle in the beef industry. Additionally, the new contract which Holstein and Holstein crossbred steers can be marketed on with JBS was discussed relative to the old Holstein contract.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: Environmental considerations for winter

    Published on November 20, 2020
    Environmental educators Sarah Fronczak and Erica Rogers discuss what considerations farms need to be aware of as they enter the winter. They cover winter spreading, equipment, silage leach, among other important topics for this time of the year.

  • Mixed forage plantings create ration balancing challenges for dairy producers

    Published on June 19, 2013
    Planting mixed forages can have significant variation across the field. Variation of feedstuffs causes problems in dairy ration balancing.

  • Cover Crops for Urban Farms

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Abby Harper, shares information on integrating cover crops into urban farms and gardens. Urban soils can be heavily degraded when top-soil is removed for construction. Sites that previously hosted buildings also have heavily compacted soils. Compacted soil makes it difficult for crop roots to penetrate and access water and nutrients, and also limit water penetration and cause flooding or standing water Cover crops can also help address non soil-specific problems, such as creating forage for pollinators, reducing weed pressure, and preventing soil and nutrients from running off into waterways.

  • Seeding Equipment for Cover Crops

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross

  • Dairy farmers looking for forages to replace alfalfa

    Published on June 28, 2013
    Many dairy farms across the Midwest are short of alfalfa. Finding an acceptable alternative forage will be a critical factor contributing to the success of dairy operations this next year.

  • Sorghum for Cover Crops and Forage

    Published on January 9, 2020

    Michigan State University (MSU) Forage and Cover Crop Specialist, Kim Cassida, explores how dual-purpose use for Sorghum cover crops can benefit both soil health and livestock. Forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids (sometimes abbreviated as sudex) are exceptionally heat and drought tolerant annual crops that are often used as cover crops. They also have a long history as livestock feed harvested as hay, haylage, or pasture. This makes them a prime candidate for dual purpose use as both cover crop and forage. Dual purpose cover crops can help crop growers recoup the cost of planting a cover, while providing much needed feed for livestock. Because roots are not harvested, many of the soil improvement benefits remain. Frost-killed pasture can be stockpiled for winter grazing similar to corn stover, while also continuing to provide ground cover and erosion protection.

  • MSU Dairy Virtual Coffee Break: Navigating novel government programs for Ag producers

    Published on April 7, 2021
    Educator Stan Moore interviews Dr. Adam Kantrovich regarding the multiple government programs to aid agricultural producers to weather the impact of the novel COVID-19 pandemic.

  • New Crops for New Customers Webinar

    Published on February 11, 2016

    Getting started with new crops for new customers webinar.

  • mast crops for wildlife

    2019 DNR wildlife bureau presentation on mast crops for wildlife

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: On-farm Considerations

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the third session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Jerad Jaborek (Michigan State University) and Garth Ruff (Ohio State University) share some on-farm considerations for beef on dairy cattle. Jerad begins by reviewing a on-farm survey about current beef on dairy practices on dairy farms in the Midwestern U.S. Jerad also explains how to interpret beef cattle expected progeny differences (EPD) when selecting a beef sire. Jerad discusses the importance of proper nutrition, including colostrum, calf starter, and the transition to a feedlot ration. Garth discusses some of the marketing options with beef on dairy calves and techniques or management practices that can be implemented to capture additional value.

  • Optimizing LED lighting for flower crops

    Published on July 1, 2021

    Questions abound when considering use of LED lighting. Choices of fixtures and light quality can be very confusing. In this 45-minute video presentation, Dr. Erik Runkle simplifies the selection and use of LEDs, both indoors and in greenhouses.

  • Dairy Center Heralded for Producing Some of the Nation's Best Milk

    Published on July 9, 2013
    The MSU Dairy Cattle Teaching and Research Center produces some pretty good milk. Actually, it's great milk. In fact, it's some of the best milk in the United States.