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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.


  • Overview of Michigan DNR Wildlife Food Plots

    Colter Luben with the Michigan DNR Wildlife unit out of Gladstone Michigan discusses DNR food plots. What to expect over the years as the food plots and soils evolve and age. What is commonly planted to develop soil profile and nutrients.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: 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.

  • 2019 Field Day - Roughstalk Bluegrass Control Field Stop

    Dr. Christy Sprague talks about the new weed species popping up in Michigan wheat: Roughstalk bluegrass and how to control it. Grassy weeds, including the perennial roughstalk bluegrass, cheat and cheatgrass, and common windgrass, are relatively new wheat problems. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2019 Summer Field Day.

  • New Soybean Genetics & Herbicide Options for Improved Weed Control

    Dr. Christy Sprague of Michigan State University discusses soybean varieties and herbicide options for soybean growers.

  • Q&A - Herbicide Resistant Weed Control in Soybeans

    In this video, Dr. Christy Sprague, a weed scientist at Michigan State University, discusses control options available to soybean farmers to help manage herbicide resistant weeds in Michigan.

  • Getting the Most from Manure Applications

    Published on August 26, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 26, 2021, focuses on getting the most from manure applications, presented by Brook Wilke, Associate Director for Science and Agronomy, MSU Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Agroecosystem Research.

  • Wheat: Can Variety Selection Based on Plant Architecture Improve Yields?

    Published on June 8, 2020

    Michigan State University research is looking at yield response to different wheat varieties and seeding rates.

  • How to Submit Wheat Samples to MSU Plant & Pest Diagnostics

    Published on May 19, 2020

    If you are a wheat grower in Michigan and are wondering what is going on with your crop, take advantage of this amazing perk. You can send wheat samples to Michigan State University Plant & Pest Diagnostics and the Michigan Wheat Program will cover the lab fees!

  • MSU Extension Field Crops Video Tips S4E3: Termination of Cover Crops

    Published on May 7, 2021

    Paul Gross, MSU Extension Educator, talks in a very informative and easy-to-understand way about the various cover crop termination methods.

  • MSU Extension Field Crops Video Tips S4E2 - Starter Fertilizer

    Published on April 28, 2021

    This week, Extension Educator Phil Kaatz is talking about the importance of starter fertilizer and its placement when planting corn.

  • Assessing Frost Damage in Soybeans

    Published on May 21, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension field crops educator Ricardo Costa shares how to assess soybeans after a frost.

  • MSU Extension Field Crops Video Tips Series S4E1 - Feekes 6 Stage

    Published on April 20, 2021

    Ricardo Costa shows producers how to determine if your wheat field is at Feekes 6 stage.

  • Wheat: Conventional Drill vs. Precision Planting. What Do We Know So Far?

    Published on June 8, 2020

    Michigan State University research is looking at the benefits of precision planting wheat compared to conventional drill.

  • Planting Wheat: Building High Yield Potential

    Published on September 2, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 2, 2021, focuses on planting wheat and building high yield potential, presented by Dennis Pennington, MSU Extension wheat specialist.

  • Scouting for Weed Escapes & Fall Management

    Published on September 9, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 9, 2021, focuses on scouting for weed escapes and fall management, presented by Christy Sprague, MSU Extension weed specialist.

  • Soybean Cyst Nematodes

    Published on September 16, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 16, 2021, focuses on soybean cyst nematodes, presented by Marisol Quintanilla, MSU Extension nematologist.

  • Farm Tax Management

    Published on September 23, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 23, 2021, focuses farm tax management, presented by Corey Clark, MSU Extension farm business management educator.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Wheat Production - Dennis Pennington

    Published on March 1, 2021

    In this third session on March 1, 2021, MSU Extension wheat specialist Dennis Pennington focuses on "Improving Wheat Production Income." Even though commodity prices have rebounded recently, it is still important to understand your production cost and make management decisions accordingly. Higher prices should not be used as justification to increase input costs. This should be a time where costs are held so that improvement to cash flow can be made and short-term debt can be reduced. Each input should be evaluated from an economic potential, not just as yield potential.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Corn Production - Joe Lauer

    Published on February 15, 2021

    In the first session on Feb. 15, Joe Lauer, corn agronomy specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will focus on “Corn Yield Drivers and Profit Robbers in the Northern U.S. Corn Belt.” Profitable corn production is extremely important to Midwest U.S. agriculture. Farmers today face fluctuating prices and rising production costs. They must be well informed about new technologies to maximize yield and profitability.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Soybean Production - Mike Staton

    Published on February 22, 2021

    In the second session on Feb. 22, MSU Extension soybean educator Mike Staton focuses on “Improving Soybean Production Income.” The average soybean price for the 2020-2021 marketing year is projected to be $11.15 per bushel. This is welcome news considering the average prices for the previous two years were below the breakeven price for most producers.