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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.


  • Basics of Field Crop and Hay Production

    Published on January 4, 2016

    Getting started with field crops and hay.

  • Selecting a Tractor

    Published on May 16, 2016

    Selecting a tractor for beginning farmers.

  • Irrigation on Small Farms

    Published on April 28, 2016

    Getting started with irrigation on small farms.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Kurt Steinke on Sugar Beets

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Kurt Steinke talks about optimal rates of N in sugar beets for 2020.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Manni Singh

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Maninder Singh, an assistant professor in PSM, and Tom Siler, a graduate research assistant: This session showed how various agronomic management decisions can be adjusted based on planting time in order to optimize soybean canopy development and maximize yield and profit.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Full Show

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Full recording of the 2020 Soybean Virtual Field Day.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Marisol Quintanilla

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Marisol Quintanilla, an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Entomology, and Brian Levene, a research associate: This presentation covered various methods for managing soybean cyst nematodes such as testing, resistant varieties, cover crops, manure applications, trap crops and nematicides.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Kurt Steinke

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Kurt Steinke, an associate professor in PSM and MSU Extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist, and Christian Terwillegar, a master’s student: Soybean producers continue to show interest in modifying nutrient applications to better capture and utilize nutrients for a potential yield response. However, questions continue to include what to do when soil test phosphorous and potassium are above critical levels and whether to utilize a starter fertilizer.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Marty Chilvers

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Martin Chilvers, an associate professor in the MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences (PSM) and MSU Extension field crops pathologist, and graduate students Austin McCoy and Viviana Ortiz: The Chilvers lab conducts research to understand and improve management of diseases. This presentation provided an update on soybean disease management and current disease management trials.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Corn and Soybean Planting Considerations for 2020

    Published on April 30, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for April 30, 2020, focuses on corn and soybean planting considerations, presented by Manni Singh of MSU’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Planting Wheat, Building High Yield Potential

    Published on August 27, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for August 27, 2020, focuses on planting wheat and building high yield potential, presented by Dennis Pennington, MSU wheat specialist. Following Pennington’s presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Frost/Freeze Wheat Issues in 2020

    Published on May 14, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for May 14, 2020, focuses on frost/freeze wheat issues in 2020, presented by Dennis Pennington, MSU wheat specialist.

  • Organic Field Crop Production

    Published on June 25, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for June 25, 2020, focuses on organic field crop production, presented by Vicki Morrone, MSU organic field crop specialist. MSU entomologist Chris DiFonzo also gives a brief insect pest update, including true armyworms.

  • Tar Spot and White Mold

    Published on July 23, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 23, 2020, focuses on tar spot in corn and white mold in soybean, presented by Martin Chilvers, MSU Extension plant pathologist. Following Chilver’s presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Assessing Farm Stress

    Published on July 2, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 2, 2020, focuses on assessing farm stress, presented by Eric Karbowski, MSU Extension behavior health educator. MSU specialists also give updates on insect pests and diseases and crop conditions.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Insects Taking Flight

    Published on July 16, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 16, 2020, focuses on mid-season insect update, presented by Christina DiFonzo, MSU field crop entomologist. Following DiFonzo’s presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Assessing Farm Stress

    Published on July 2, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 2, 2020, focuses on assessing farm stress, presented by Eric Karbowski, MSU Extension behavior health educator. MSU specialists also give updates on insect pests and diseases and crop conditions.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Managing Corn Silage for Quality

    Published on September 3, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for September 3, 2020, focuses on managing corn silage for quality, presented by Manni Singh, MSU cropping systems agronomist. Following Singh’s presentation, Claire White at Michigan Corn gives an update on corn yield.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Drainage Design Considerations

    Published on July 9, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 9, 2020, focuses on drainage design considerations, presented by Ehsan Ghane, MSU agricultural drainage specialist. Following Ghane’s presentation, MSU specialists give updates on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Postemergence Weed Issues

    Published on May 21, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for May 21, 2020, focuses on postemergence weed issues, presented by Erin Burns, MSU weeds specialist.