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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.


  • 2020 Field Day - Start right to finish well with nutrient management of wheat

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Dr. Kurt Steinke talk about his research on the impacts of fertilizer application on winter wheat yield and profitability. Focus on what nutrients and plant growth regulator make a good starting line for soft red and white winter wheat. Discussion of soil testing before planting, impact of planting date. Secondary focus on nutrient benefits in wheat straw production. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Summer Field Day.

  • 2020 Field Day - Michigan Wheat Program's new Wheat Yield Contest

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Michigan Wheat Program Executive Director Jody Pollok-Newsom describes the brand-new Michigan Wheat Yield Contest for soft red and soft white winter wheat (irrigated and dryland). Results based on actual yields. The contest is in tandem with the National Wheat Yield Contest run by the National Association of Wheat Growers and the National Wheat Foundation.

  • 2020 Field Day - New wheat varieties for Michigan farmers

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Dr. Eric Olson talks about his wheat breeding program and provides a "sneak preview" of new wheat varieties on the horizon. Olson discusses the advantages and differences in Jupiter, Harbor, Moonlight and other promising red and white winter wheat varieties on the horizon. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Summer Field Day.

  • 2020 Field Day: Managing Fusarium head scab

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Marty Chilvers shows drone footage of small plot trials on fungicide efficacy, and shows various wheat diseases seen in Michigan in Spring 2020. He discusses Fusarium head scab and a variety of fungicide and treatments to manage it. Q&A session at end of this clip with former MSU wheat educator Martin Nagelkirk. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Field Day.

  • 2020 Field Day - Precision planting in winter wheat

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Dr. Manni Singh talks about his research to adopt the precision planting approach for winter wheat in Michigan. Singh is investigating whether optimal seed placement (depth), row spacing, seeding rates, variety selection and planting time can maximize wheat yields. Some Q&A at conclusion. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Field Day.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Chris DiFonzo

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Chris DiFonzo, a professor in the MSU Department of Entomology and MSU Extension field crops entomologist: Growers often see insects feeding at the field edge in August. This presentation showed how insect defoliation should be measured in soybeans and discusses the rarity of levels high enough to spray in Michigan.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Christy Sprague

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Christy Sprague, a professor in PSM and MSU Extension weed specialist, and Justine Fisher, a graduate student: Herbicide-resistant horseweed (marestail) continues to be a major issue for Michigan soybean farmers. Learn about the latest research on integrated strategies to manage horseweed with cover crops, soybean row widths and herbicides.

  • Dry Bean Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day full show

    Published on August 19, 2020

    MSU researchers and extension personnel discuss the latest trends and findings in dry beans and sugar beets for the summer of 2020.

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

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Kurt Steinke and graduate student Christian Terwilliger look at six different nutrients, and how they are affecting dry bean production in the second year of a long term study.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Francisco Gomez

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Francisco Gomez talks about the dry bean variety trials at the Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Scott Bales

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Scott Bales discusses dry bean profitability and sustainability in Michigan in 2020.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Linda Hanson

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Linda Hanson shows what to look out for in your sugar beet plot, describing the signs of rhizoctonia, fusarium, and aphanomyces.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Daniel Bublitz

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Daniel Bublitz discusses the sugar beet advancement variety trials, including the effects of root disease and a new screening project.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Field Day - Christy Sprague

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Weed expert Christy Sprague discusses techniques to reduce pressure from mare's tail and water hemp weeds in sugar beet plots.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Jaime Willbur

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Jaime Willbur and her graduate students provide an update on two ongoing research projects, inoculum reduction in sugar beets and early season detection of cercospora.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Karen Cichy

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Karen Cichy talks about improving the consumer quality of dry beans in Michigan.

  • 2020 Field Day - Wheat research and scouting report

    Published on June 15, 2020

    MSU wheat specialist Dennis Pennington talks about his wheat research project that varies planting date and seeding rate. The presentation includes a May 15, 2020, video showing wheat plots planted on five dates from mid-September through November 15, 2019. The video also shows plots of variable seeding rates from 1.6 to 2 million seeds/acre. Also discussion of malting wheat, frost damage, barley yellow dwarf virus and other ailments see this spring. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Field Day.

  • 2020 Field Day - Roughstalk bluegrass in winter wheat: Should we be concerned?

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Dr. Christy Sprague, Professor in MSU's Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, talks about the problems that the Roughstalk Bluegrass causes in Michigan wheat and how it may be managed. At the 2020 Virtual Field Day sponsored by the Michigan Wheat Program.

  • 2020 Field Day - Regional wheat crop reports

    Published on June 15, 2020

    A series of speakers provide their perspective on how the 2020 Michigan wheat crop looks in their part of the state. Speakers include MSU Extension educators Ricardo Costa, Bob Battel, Martin Nagelkirk, Dennis Pennington, Paul Gross, Bruce MacKellar, Monica Jean and Christian Tollini. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Summer Field Day.

  • 2020 Field Day - Welcome and Event Introduction

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Michigan Wheat Program chairman Dave Milligan welcomes producers to the first-ever all "Virtual" Field Day, featuring a half-dozen online research reports by MSU wheat researchers. Also welcome from Michigan State University by Dr. Jim Kells, professor of Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences and Project GREEEN coordinator. Brought to you by the 2020 Summer Field Day.