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  • Soil Health

    Soil health news, programming and other resources from MSU Extension.


  • Safe Use of Animal-based Soil Amendments

    Published on February 19, 2020

    MSU Extension offers the option for participants to learn and understand the safest use of animal-based soil amendments.

  • Compost Production and Use for Small and Mid-sized Farms

    Published on April 18, 2016

    The basics of compost production and use for the small and mid-sized farm

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Dealing with Tough Soil Conditions

    Published on April 16, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for April 16, 2020, focused on dealing with tough soil conditions, presented by Dr. Tim Harrigan, MSU Department of Agricultural Engineering.

  • Smart Gardening: Soil Tests

    Video walk through of how to test soil.

  • Team Discussion After the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast for May 7, 2020

    Published on May 7, 2020

    A quick discussion about early season insects, alfalfa seedlings, wheat herbicides and fertilizing grass hay fields with the MSU Extension field crop educators and specialists.

  • Soil Physical Properties for Field and Hoophouse

    Published on February 6, 2019

    Getting started with learning soil physical properties for field and hoophouse.

  • Early-Season Soil Fertility

    Published on May 9, 2019

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for May 9, 2019, focused on early-season soil fertility, presented by Kurt Steinke, MSU Extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist.

  • Managing Soil, Irrigation, and Fertilizer Interaction

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with understanding the soil, irrigation, fertilization interaction

  • Introduction to the Great Lakes Biochar Network and Biochar Basics

    Published on October 28, 2021

    In this webinar you will learn more about the Great Lakes Biochar Network and how you can be involved in strengthening the network. You will also learn more about the basics of biochar, and how it can be used to help create a sustainable bio-economy. There are many stakeholders involved with biochar in the Great Lakes region, and the aim of the GLBN is to strengthen the connections between stakeholders.

  • Rye Grass as a Cover Crop

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Christina Curell, discusses the pros and cons of using rye grass as a cover crop.

  • 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.

  • PLFA Webinar

    Published on April 5, 2021

    Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) test, which measures the biomass of the microbes in the soil, is one of the tests that is currently being conducted to determine the microbial population of soil. To understand the PLFA test, the MSU Extension Field Crops Team invited Donna Brandt, Research Specialist with Missouri’s Soil Health Assessment Center, to give a short presentation on soil health, PLFA analysis, and how to interpret a soil health report.

  • Dean Baas

    Sustainable Agriculture Educator
    baasdean@msu.edu
    269-467-5646

  • Fred Warner, M.S.

    Nematode Diagnostician
    fwnemalb@msu.edu
    517-432-1333

  • Benefits of Cover Crops in Urban Farms and Gardens

    Published on November 6, 2019
    Cover crops are useful to all farms, regardless of their size, and can help address challenges unique to urban growers. This table will assist you to identify some of the ways cover crops can help address urban agriculture challenges.

  • Killing Cover Crops in Urban Farms and Gardens

    Published on November 6, 2019
    A cover crop left to seed can become a weed when growing your next crop. This guide helps growers establish a strategy for killing and incorporating cover crops in their urban farms and gardens.

  • Managing Nematodes, Cover Crops, and Soil Health in Diverse Cropping Systems

    Published on May 3, 2021
    In recent years, there has been increasing reference to nematodes, soil health, and cover crops in the scientific and popular media. The intertwined nature of these subjects and the mounting science in the literature can sometimes be overwhelming.

  • Michigan Soil Health Progress Report

    Published on October 12, 2021
    The Michigan Soil Health Progress Report was developed to assist farmers, agribusiness, and agency professionals to assess the health of the soil using biological and physical indicators in the field.

  • Choosing Cover Crops in Urban Farms and Gardens

    Published on November 6, 2019
    Use this guidance to compare benefits of different cover crops for urban gardens, choose cover crops that meet your needs and then add them to your growing practice.

  • Nutrient Management to Improve Efficiency

    Published on March 9, 2020
    Results of 2019 nutrient management research will be shared with a focus on strategies to improve use efficiency of fertilizer inputs.