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  • Soil Health

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


  • 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.

  • Crop Nutrient Management

    Published on July 12, 2017

    Learn more about how to properly manage the nutrients in your soil.

  • Compaction Remediation with Cover Crops

    Published on September 11, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross, gives cover crop recommendations for fields that have compaction due to constructions project like wind turbine installation.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Managing Nitrogen Loss from Flooding

    Published on June 11, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for June 11, 2020, focuses on managing nitrogen (N) loss from flooding, presented by Kurt Steinke, MSU soil fertility and nutrient management specialist. Following Steinke’s presentation are updates from MSU specialists on EPA’s dicamba cancellation order, insect pests including alfalfa weevil, armyworm and leafhoppers, and replanting soybeans.

  • Measuring Soil Health

    Published on April 8, 2020

    MSU Extension provides an opportunity for users to review soil health and how to measure it.

  • Wheat Fertility Management

    Published on May 10, 2018

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for May 10, 2018, focused on wheat fertility management for 2018, presented by Dennis Pennington, MSU Extension wheat specialist.

  • 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.

  • Rainfall Simulator - Soil Health Demonstration

    Published on September 2, 2019

    Paul Gross and Dean Baas, from Michigan State University Extension, give a rainfall simulator demonstration at the 2019 AgroExpo in Michigan. The demonstration covers soil health topics such as runoff, water holding capacity, and aggregate stability.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Production of Biochar

    Published on November 18, 2021

    In this webinar you will learn about the production of biochar by pyrolysis. This includes biochar production systems ranging from low-tech to high-tech. The infrastructure needs influence the costs associated with starting to produce biochar, and the the price of biochar at retail has a wide range. The primary production parameters are temperature and retention time, and these parameters are important in the determination of the finished characteristics of the biochar. Air emissions are discussed, which are a concern during production and will vary depending on production practices as well.

  • Dean Baas

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

  • Fred Warner, M.S.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.