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  • Wild Spartans: All About Honey Bees with with Ana Heck

    Published on February 9, 2021

    In this episode, we talk to an entomologist researching the pollinators of our world. Meet MSU apiculture researcher, Ana Heck, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “All About Honey Bees: Working with a Superorganism” as we discover what the buzz really is about bees!

  • Bug Bites! Session 3: Quality checks and post-delivery handling

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 3: Quality checks and post-delivery handling with Chris Anzell from Koppert Biological Systems. Recorded live on October 20, 2020. Chris joins us to discuss best practices for post-delivery handling as well as some simple quality checks that growers can perform on their beneficial organisms.

  • BugBites! Session 5: Effective fungus gnat and shore fly suppression with beneficial organisms

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 5: Effective fungus gnat and shore fly suppression with Saul Alba and Greg Bryant from Beneficial Insectary. Recorded live on November 2, 2020. Saul and Greg discuss the biology and behavior of fungus gnats & shore flies and the variety of beneficial organisms commonly used to control them. Monitoring techniques and application strategies are also discussed.

  • Bug Bites! Session 4: Biopesticide integration: strategy and economic considerations

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Biopesticide integration: strategy and economics with JJ Klimp from Hidden Leaf Greenhouse in Kalamazoo, MI. Recorded live on Oct 27, 2020. JJ shares his approach to successfully integrating biopesticides into his biological control program - what he sprays, when he sprays, and why he sprays it. He includes examples of real spring floriculture crop cycles and provides cost analyses on his chosen management decisions.

  • Bug Bites! Session 1: Poinsettia IPM

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 1: Poinsettia IPM in Ontario with Dr. Sarah Jandricic from OMAFRA. Recorded live on October 6, 2020. Dr. Jandricic discusses best practices for managing the Silverleaf whitefly (Bemisia tabaci), the most common and troublesome pest in commercial poinsettia production.

  • Bug Bites! Session 2: Aphidoletes and aphid parasitoids

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Session 2: Aphidoletes and aphid parasitoids with Kelly Vance and Erik van der Sluys from Beneficial Insectary. Recorded live on October 13, 2020. Kelly and Eric cover the ins and outs of managing aphids with Aphidoletes aphidimyza (a predator midge) and Aphidius wasps. Pesticide integration and intraguild predation are also discussed.

  • Clover Cents: Needs and Wants

    Published on February 5, 2021

    Learn about financial wants and needs in this Clover Cents video for youth audiences.

  • Enhancing profitability of spring crops

    Published on February 5, 2021

    MSU Professor Emeritus Royal Heins discusses how to reduce input costs in the commercial production of annual bedding plants, especially for larger containers that typically have more than one liner. Emphasis is on direct stick propagation into the final container, which reduces costs by eliminating the cost of producing and transplanting a similar number of liners. This strategy also shifts labor to earlier in the season, with the potential to reduce overtime labor during traditional peak weeks. Delivered at the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo in December, 2020.

  • Southwestern Rice Bowl

    Published on February 5, 2021

    MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor Renee Sanders demonstrates an easy recipe idea: Southwestern Rice Bowls.

  • Healing Powers of Honey Bees: Small Organisms, Epic Possibilities

    Published on February 4, 2021

    Educator Adam Ingrao describes how honey bees help people view the natural world in a new and healing way.

  • Feeding the World: Small Organisms, Epic Possibilities

    Published on February 4, 2021

    Researcher Jennifer Pechal is working with farmers in several African countries on a sustainable solution for malnutrition by raising and feeding highly nutritious flies to animals.

  • Fighting Infectious Diseases: Small Organisms, Epic Possibilities

    Published on February 4, 2021

    Researcher Eric Benbow studies insects in lakes, ponds and streams to understand their impact on pathogens that can emerge and spread disease to humans and wildlife.

  • Fighting Invasive Species: Small Organisms, Epic Possibilities

    Published on February 4, 2021

    Researcher Marianna Szűcs discusses her lab’s work using natural enemies to manage invasive species.

  • ABCs of successful plug production

    Published on February 3, 2021

    Dr. Roberto Lopez presents information on producing high-quality, compact, and uniform plugs. In this webinar you will learn: how to properly store seeds; methods to improve germination; and tips on managing temperature, light, moisture, fertility, and height during the various stages of plug production.

  • Managing crop height

    Published on February 3, 2021

    Professor Emeritus Royal Heins discusses the history of DIF, which is the temperature difference between the day and night, and how it can be used to manage plant height of floriculture crops produced in greenhouses. He also discusses graphical tracking of the height of potted flowering plants to help growers achieve their desired height targets.

  • 2021 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decision Webinar

    Published on February 3, 2021

    Recording of the 2021 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decisions Webinar

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Introduction to Crossbred Dairy Beef Production

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session 1 of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses crossbred dairy beef production. Raising purebred dairy steers for beef production results in some challenges compared with native beef cattle. Additionally, implementing a crossbreeding program on dairy farms where a terminal beef sire is bred to the dairy cows is becoming increasingly popular across the U.S as an option to increase the value of male dairy calves. Research implementing this crossbreeding strategy with Jersey cattle is presented. Along with sire selection considerations and management practices to help make crossbred dairy beef production a success.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Tips for Raising Dairy Beef Calves

    Published on February 1, 2021

    In session two of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Marianne Buza offers some tips for raising dairy beef calves. First, Marianne discusses the importance of colostrum consumption by the calf, colostrum use on Michigan diary farms, and how you can measure to check if the calf has received adequate colostrum. Sanitation practices were discussed to help ensure the prevention of disease between calves. Additionally, when to consider euthanasia was discussed, as well as using necropsy as an investigative means to combat future morbidity and mortality outbreaks.

  • Video: Groundwater Model

    Published on February 1, 2021

    Explanation of how groundwater and surface water interact with presenter Bindu Bhakta, Sustainable Natural Resource Management Extension educator

  • Together we will conquer 2021

    Published on January 29, 2021

    Spartans Will continue to teach, work and connect with others around the world. Together we will conquer 2021.