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  • Is Your Irrigation System Ready to Apply Chemicals, Chemigation and Fertilization

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: With new diseases such as Tar Spot and increasing levels of gray leaf spot in corn as summer temperatures have been on the rise, there has been increasing interest in being able to apply fungicides and other crop chemicals through irrigation water. This session will walk through what irrigation system components and performance are required to achieve adequate coverage to apply agri-chemicals for crop protection.

  • Midwest Water Stewards, Groundwater Monitoring Funded by Agriculture

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow with 2021 - Irrigation Session: Learn about the Midwest Water Stewards and their studies of potential irrigation impact to streams and wells in Indiana and Michigan, with 130 monitoring wells, 300 stream tests, and 55 million data points.

  • Home Irrigation

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources: Home irrigation efforts should no longer consist of oscillating and circular overhead sprinklers at the end of a garden hose. Modern, drip irrigation techniques are a much more convenient and efficient use of time and water resources. This session will introduce you to the basics of design, equipment, installation, and use of landscape and garden drip irrigation.

  • Understanding and Minimizing Cold Damage in Fruit Crops

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Fruit Session: Review of winter and spring cold events, how cold damages plants, and measures growers can use to reduce the impact cold on their crops.

  • The Most Frustrating Weeds for MI Fruit Growers and How to Manage them

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Fruit Session: A review of the "who's who" of the most difficult weeds to manage with recommendations on various tools to use on them.

  • The Mechanisms and Best Usage Practices for Most Used Fungicides

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Fruit Session: A discussion of how and why different classes of fungicides work, and recommendations on how to use this information when deciding on which to use.

  • Practical Monitoring Techniques Based on Insect Behavior

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Fruit Session: A review of common insect monitoring techniques with recommendations on when, where, and how each is best used. Examples of common insect pests will be included.

  • Draining Wet Spots in the Field or Draining the Entire Field

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: Join this presentation to learn more about how to decide if you want to drain part of the field or the entire field. See a demonstration of the Drain Spacing Tool, which estimates the optimum drain spacing that maximizes profit. Learn about blind inlets that drain small depressional areas of the field.

  • Low Cost Sensors to Improve Irrigation Management

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: There have been remarkable improvements in low cost, low voltage micro-processor systems available to the hobbyist “maker community”. These small computers have the ability to read and store data from a wide variety of sensors, and can be used to automate processes, creating opportunities for farmers to integrate this technology for data collection and management. Dr. Younsuk Dong, Michigan State University Department of Biosystems Engineering, will discuss his work in utilizing one of these systems to improve irrigation management, monitor leaf wetness, reduce the risk of crop diseases.

  • Combat Nutrient Loss with Controlled Drainage

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: Join this presentation to learn more about controlled drainage and how it reduces nutrient loss. See examples of control structures that can be used for controlled drainage. Learn about potential crop yield benefit. See examples of economic payback period for controlled drainage.

  • Clover Cents: Money Decisions

    Published on February 17, 2021

    Learn about your money style and what influences our money decisions in this Clover Cents video for youth audiences.

  • Animal Science Anywhere and Kahoot Video

    Published on February 17, 2021

    Instructional video covering Animal Science Anywhere lesson plan: Health for One, One Health for All.

  • The Realities that no one tells you about Owning Chickens and the Direct Marketing of Meat

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Animal Agriculture Session: Many people who buy chicks or even grow chickens do not understand the ramifications of owning such animals. Owning poultry is very different from dogs and cats even though they are of similar size, it is more like owning livestock and they should be treated as such. This presentation will introduce and familiarize potential and current poultry owners with the different aspects of raising poultry that they may not understand. Learn more about nutrition, housing, laws and regulations, sick poultry care, diseases and general considerations when owning and raising poultry. There are a lot of factors to consider when direct marketing meats to consumers. What are the required regulations and how do you follow them? Where can you sell your meat? What factors should you consider when choosing and working with a processor? How do you price the product? What are the impacts of COVID-19 on direct marketing meat and processor scheduling? This session will cover the basics of direct marketing meat and answer these questions and others you have.This presentation is included as part of the Realities That No One Tells You About Owning Chickens recording.

  • Moving the Needle on Soil Health

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: Feeling stuck on improving your soil health? This session will discuss the value of soil health and how it enhances ecosystem services and resilience to changing weather. Learn about ways evaluate, improve and move forward your soil health.

  • Cover Crops as Forage: What to Consider

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: Are cover crops forages or forages cover crops? In many ways they are the same, but there are important differences. This session will discuss considerations for growing cover crops for forage including species, timing, evaluating your stand and forage quality.

  • Barley and Rye for the Brewing and Distilling Industries

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: Does the growing craft beverage market in Michigan provide an opportunity for farmers to produce locally grown small grains? This session will discuss the current markets and requirements for locally grown barley for malting and brewing and rye for distilling. Topics will include management considerations and potential benefits/pitfalls when considering these specialty crops.

  • Cover Crops: Fitting into your System

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: Are you thinking of using or currently using cover crops and looking for alternatives for fitting them into your cropping system? This session will discuss cover crop species and traditional as well as innovative planting methods for including them in your rotations. Topics will include early interseeding, planting green and more.

  • Solar Energy Lease Agreement Considerations

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: With the change in Administrations in Washington, there is likely to be renewed interest in expanding renewable energy resources in the countryside. MSU Extension’s Charles Gould, Michigan State University Extension Bioenergy Educator, has been in the forefront of investigating ways to include solar, wind and biogas generation of power to reduce energy costs to producers. This session will focus on things to consider if you are approached by a renewable energy company to build solar generation on your or adjacent farms. We have asked Charles to discuss how these may impact your operation (or how to minimize the impacts) and what the implications may be for your neighbors and property tax valuation.

  • Soil Fertility and Testing

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: This session will be a basic introduction to soil fertility. We will cover essential nutrients, soil testing, soil test reports, soil pH and fertilizer application rate calculations.

  • Seed Starting with Rebecca Krans

    Published on February 16, 2021

    Our first episode of Cabin Fever Conversations for 2021 featured MSU Extension's Rebecca Krans teaching us about seed starting.