Department of Community Sustainability

Natural Resources

Floriculture & Greenhouse Crop Production

Field Crops


  • Head Scab Management

    Published on May 20, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on May 20, 2021, focuses on head scab management, presented by Marty Chilvers, MSU field crops pathologist.

  • Rhizoctonia Management in Sugarbeets

    Published on May 6, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for May 6, 2021, focuses on managing Rhizoctonia in sugarbeets, presented by Daniel Bublitz, MSU sugarbeet specialist.

  • Slug Management

    Published on April 29, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for April 29, 2021, focuses on managing slugs, presented by Kelley Tilmon, Ohio State University associate professor of entomology.

  • Using the Enviroweather Station Data for Management and Building Your Own?

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Weather and Wildlife Session: The MSU Enviroweather system provides excellent weather information for agricultural management across the state. The system is getting a facelift that should allow users greater access to information and management tools. Keith Mason will be on hand to discuss these changes, what they will mean for users, and other potential tools the team hopes to provide to enhance crop and pest management decisions. Erin Lizotte, Long time MSU Fruit Educator, has now been charged with leading MSU’s IPM Program. She will talk a little about what direction she would like to take the program and ask for some input from participants on what you would like to see for more or better tools in pest management.

  • Alfalfa Pest and Crop Management Session

    Published on February 16, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Field Crops Session: Forages are an important crop for livestock producers and an important cash crop on many farms. We have seen an increase in pest and weed issues in alfalfa and mixed species forage production. Pests such as potato leafhopper and alfalfa weevil have become bigger problems. Growers are looking to protect their stands and reduce the impact of weeds for better hay quality and returns. Michigan State University Extension Educator Phil Kaatz will talk about management strategies to address these and other issues. He will also visit about what types of grass species may be best for yields and palatability for the horse market. Please be aware this is a partial recording and the beginning is missing.

  • Bug Bites! Session 4: Biopesticide integration: strategy and economic considerations

    Published on February 9, 2021

    Bug Bites! Biopesticide integration: strategy and economics with JJ Klimp from Hidden Leaf Greenhouse in Kalamazoo, MI. Recorded live on Oct 27, 2020. JJ shares his approach to successfully integrating biopesticides into his biological control program - what he sprays, when he sprays, and why he sprays it. He includes examples of real spring floriculture crop cycles and provides cost analyses on his chosen management decisions.

  • Managing crop height

    Published on February 3, 2021

    Professor Emeritus Royal Heins discusses the history of DIF, which is the temperature difference between the day and night, and how it can be used to manage plant height of floriculture crops produced in greenhouses. He also discusses graphical tracking of the height of potted flowering plants to help growers achieve their desired height targets.

  • 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.

  • How to Use Enviroweather for Spotted Wing Drosophila Management

    Published on February 10, 2020

    10-minute video describing what MSU Enviroweather is and how to use it when managing SWD.

  • Part 1: SWD Biology & Behavior: Implications for its management and control

    Published on February 10, 2020

    SWD training presentation on biology and behavior.

  • Why Cover Crops, Why Now?

    Published on August 9, 2018

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for Aug. 9, 2018, focused on why cover crops and why now, presented by Dean Baas, MSU Extension educator. An announcement on upcoming meetings is also made.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management at MSU IAT/Northwestern Michigan College

    Published on February 8, 2018

    Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and Michigan State University are partners in a one-of-a-kind program which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree from NMC and a Certificate from MSU's Institute of Agricultural Technology. The Fruit and Vegetable Crop Management program prepares students for a career in fruit and vegetable production along with other allied horticultural positions in consulting and sales. Students study soil science, irrigation, pruning methods, entomology and plant pathology along with regulations compliance and safety. Elective courses in tree fruits, small fruits and vegetable production along with equipment operation, greenhouse or organic farm management complete the certificate program.

  • Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila using Organic Strategies

    Published on February 8, 2017

    In 2015, a multi-regional project was funded by USDA-NIFA through Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) to develop, evaluate and implement systems-based organic management programs for SWD.

  • Integrated Pest Management Resources at MSU Webinar

    Published on February 23, 2016

    Getting started with Integrated Pest Management resources at MSU Webinar

  • Introduction to Edible Chestnut Production

    Published on February 2, 2016

    Getting started with chestnuts

  • Expanded Vegetable Production Webinar

    Published on January 11, 2016

    Getting started with expanded vegetable production webinar

  • Hops Production

    Published on January 4, 2016

    Getting started with hops

  • Intro to Integrated Pest Management

    Published on January 4, 2016

    Getting started with IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

  • Developing environmentally friendly disease, pest management

    Field research investigates alternative methods using environmentally friendly tools for disease control. One such disease being leaf rust, which multiplies quickly under the right conditions.