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  • Field Crops

    MSU Extension provides research-based field crop production recommendations and resources. Assistance is accessible through educational programs, fact sheets, bulletins, articles, websites and individual contacts.


  • Nematode Management

    Published on July 11, 2019

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for July 11, 2019, focused on nematode management, presented by Marisol Quintanilla, MSU Applied Nematologist.

  • Industrial Hemp Production 101: Considerations for Hemp production

    Published on October 16, 2019

    During the final webinar in the series, Dr. Justice will provide information for those considering changing from ornamental production to industrial hemp production, its potential profits, and yields.

  • Dry Bean Considerations

    Published on May 27, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on May 27, 2021, focuses on dry bean considerations, presented by Scott Bales, MSU dry bean specialist.

  • Using the Enviroweather Station Data for Management and Building Your Own?

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Weather and Wildlife Session: The MSU Enviroweather system provides excellent weather information for agricultural management across the state. The system is getting a facelift that should allow users greater access to information and management tools. Keith Mason will be on hand to discuss these changes, what they will mean for users, and other potential tools the team hopes to provide to enhance crop and pest management decisions. Erin Lizotte, Long time MSU Fruit Educator, has now been charged with leading MSU’s IPM Program. She will talk a little about what direction she would like to take the program and ask for some input from participants on what you would like to see for more or better tools in pest management.

  • Alfalfa Pest and Crop Management Session

    Published on February 16, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Field Crops Session: Forages are an important crop for livestock producers and an important cash crop on many farms. We have seen an increase in pest and weed issues in alfalfa and mixed species forage production. Pests such as potato leafhopper and alfalfa weevil have become bigger problems. Growers are looking to protect their stands and reduce the impact of weeds for better hay quality and returns. Michigan State University Extension Educator Phil Kaatz will talk about management strategies to address these and other issues. He will also visit about what types of grass species may be best for yields and palatability for the horse market. Please be aware this is a partial recording and the beginning is missing.

  • Review of Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Michigan and Surrounding States, Submitting Good Samples to the Diagnostic Clinic at MSU & Nematode Management Update

    Published on February 16, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Field Crops Session: This session will review herbicide resistant weed species identified in Michigan, their location, and those reported by the Land Grant Universities in surrounding states, and how to submit a good sample to MSU for determination weed species across southern Michigan and strategies to control them. It will also address bio-type shifts in Soybean Cyst Nematodes in Michigan, and what nematode feeding in corn might look like in the field.

  • Soybean and Wheat Management Considerations for 2021

    Published on February 16, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Field Crops Session: Planting date, variety selection, scouting and environmental conditions impact both the crop and pest development for these important crops. Mike Staton will discuss some important aspects of planting rate and soybean populations, which has implications for canopy wetness and disease control. Fusarium head blight remains one of the most important diseases of wheat for yield reduction and grain quality and marketability. Dennis Pennington will discuss how fertility, stand, weather and timing can impact wheat yields and disease control.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Veterans in AG / Horticulture

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Horticulture & Natural Resources Session: Nearly 200,000 military service members re-enter the civilian job market every year. Many of them are turning to careers in agriculture to take advantage of their military skillsets or prior farm experience. In this session, learn about the most in-demand resources for veteran farmers, where to find them, and how to use them.

  • 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.

  • Irrigation Management to Improve Yield and Water Use Efficiency While Minimizing Foliar Disease

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: As irrigators your choice of when to start irrigating, how much to apply and when to start the next application result in how much irrigation water it takes to achieve the yield and the number of times the crop was wetted. We will explore some of the tools and techniques available to help you as an irrigator maximize yield, while minimizing water use and disease potential.

  • Getting the Most from Manure Applications

    Published on August 26, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 26, 2021, focuses on getting the most from manure applications, presented by Brook Wilke, Associate Director for Science and Agronomy, MSU Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Agroecosystem Research.

  • Field Crop Webinar Series

    MSU Extension's educational program addresses field crop production and pest management. Participants include mostly growers, consultants and agribusiness professionals.

  • Sugarbeets

    MSU Extension supports the growing population of sugarbeets by providing en educational opportunity for exploration and to learn more about the field crop