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  • 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.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Does the High Price of Distillers Grain Work in your Feedlot Ration?

    Published on April 4, 2021

    In session four of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Jerad Jaborek discusses high grain prices, the impact on feedlot operations, and some alternatives to feeding high priced distillers grains. Dr. Jaborek reviews the current price of some commonly used grains, such as distillers, in feedlot rations. Protein digestion and the importance of balancing metabolizable protein of the feedlot ration is discussed. Urea is mentioned as an alternative feed source to supply the animal with adequate amounts of protein.

  • MSU Feedlot Educational Series: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail: Enterprise Budgets and Financial Analysis

    Published on April 4, 2021

    In session three of the MSU Feedlot Educational Series, Dr. Melissa McKendree teaches how to use the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool and Dr. Corey Clark discusses financial analysis for feedlot operations. First, Dr. McKendree presents the different functions of the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool. The MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool can offer information regarding the price and nutrient composition of your diets. The MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool has a yardage cost calculator and budget calculator to determine the income received from the cattle being raised. Additionally, the MSU Feedlot Enterprise Budget Tool allows breakeven analysis for purchasing or selling cattle and a sensitivity analysis section to adjust values in the budget spreadsheet. Dr. Corey Clark discusses the different components to conducting financial analysis for a feedlot operation. Dr. Clark also mentions programs, such as Telefarm, that producers can utilize to perform a financial analysis of their feedlot operation.

  • Plant Disease with Lori Imboden

    Published on April 2, 2021

    Lori Imboden helps us understanding the complexity of plant diseases to create healthier gardens.

  • Ultra Early Soybean Planting

    Published on April 1, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for April 1, 2021, focuses on ultra early soybean planting, presented by Mike Staton, MSU Extension soybean educator.

  • 11 Ideas for Using Spinach

    Published on April 1, 2021

    Have you ever thought about the variety of ways you can use spinach? These ideas might inspire you to add some spinach to your recipe today!

  • Lions Partner to Fight Diabetes

    Published on March 31, 2021

    MSU Extension is proud to partner with the Lions Club to help fight diabetes in our communities through advocacy, education, resources and specialty clubs.

  • Lions Defense Against Diabetes

    Published on March 31, 2021

    MSU Extension is proud to partner with the Lions Club to help fight diabetes in our communities through advocacy, education, resources and specialty clubs.

  • Y Lions Centennial

    Published on March 31, 2021

    MSU Extension is proud to partner with the Lions Club to help fight diabetes in our communities through advocacy, education, resources and specialty clubs.

  • iPhone Video to mp4

    Published on March 31, 2021

    This video explains how to create a .mp4 file out of a iphone video.

  • Clover Cents: Paying for a Pet

    Published on March 26, 2021

    Learn about doing research and comparison shopping in regards to paying for a pet in this Clover Cents video for youth audiences.

  • CANR Keynote: Cary Funk, Ph.D., Pew Research

    Published on March 26, 2021

    ANR Month keynote presenter Cary Funk, Ph.D., Pew Research Center, kicked-off a year-long theme where CANR will explore the public trust in science and science advice.

  • Conversations in the Community with Shakara Tyler and Erin Preston-Johnson Bevel

    Published on March 25, 2021

    Hosted by Naim Edwards, MSU Extension. We speak with Shakara Tyler and Erin Preston-Johnson Bevel who are working with the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund to increase access to land for urban growing in the city of Detroit.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Grain Price Outlook and Marketing Strategies - Matt Gammans

    Published on March 22, 2021

    In the last session of the series, MSU agricultural economist Matthew Gammans focused on addressing grain price outlook and novel marketing strategies. He first went through the recent March USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, identifying the current supply and demand pressures driving global commodity markets. He then discussed novel and less conventional marketing approaches including organic, transitional, non-GMO and environmental certification programs, as well as custom contracts with food processors looking to procure grain grown using a specific set of practices.

  • Safe Physical Activity Outside

    Published on March 19, 2021

    MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor Madison Koenigsknecht reminds us how to stay safe while exercising outside.

  • Nancy's Collard Greens

    Published on March 18, 2021

    MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor Nancy Hampton shows us how to make her collard greens!

  • Insects in the Garden with David Lowenstein

    Published on March 16, 2021

    David Lowenstein from MSU Extension helps us build better relationships with the insects that cohabitate in our garden and can be surprisingly helpful.

  • Volunteer Success Story - Kalamazoo Giving Garden

    Published on March 15, 2021

    Twice a month, the vehicles begin lining up one-by-one as early as two hours before the mobile food distribution center opens in the parking lot of a southwest Michigan church. By the time the last boxes of food are placed in over 100 trunks, hatches, and backseats, more than 400 families have something nutritious to eat for the next four days.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Crop Fertility - Kurt Steinke and Jon LaPorte

    Published on March 15, 2021

    In this fifth session, Kurt Steinke, MSU Extension field crop soil fertility specialist, and Jon LaPorte, MSU Extension farm management educator, focus on “Crop Fertility Decisions—When Less is More and When Less is Less.” Fertilizer is a critical part of a farm’s ability to reach yield goals and frequently one of the largest inputs in the cost of production. Balancing the pursuit of high yields and achieving farm profitability raises the question of how much fertilizer should be applied each year.

  • Michigan Birding 101 Session 3 - Winter Birding

    Published on March 14, 2021

    Welcome to our Michigan Birding 101 series. This is Session 3 of a four-part series provided by Michigan Sea Grant and MSU Extension featuring tips and tricks and lots of great information from Extension educator Elliot Nelson. In this video, we'll learn what birds you can expect to see year round and also only in the colder seasons in Michigan.