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  • MSU fisheries & wildlife students share their internship experiences

    Published on October 7, 2021

    MSU undergraduate students participate in hands-on field research experience with wildlife at the Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center, located just northeast of the main campus in East Lansing.

  • 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.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 6, September 15

    Published on September 15, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics.

  • 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.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 5, September 1

    Published on September 1, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 4, August 18

    Published on August 18, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics. Session 3 focused on 1) Irrigation management and efficiency– Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE Irrigation Specialist; 2)Irrigating fresh market vegetables for top quality – Ron Goldy, MSU Vegetable Educator Emeritus; and 3) Irrigating Tree Fruit, Nikki Rothwell, MSU Tree Fruit Educator, Northwest Horticulture Experiment Station; 4) Irrigation for Ornamental Horticulture - Tom Fernandez, MSU Professor

  • Late-Season Alfalfa Management

    Published on August 12, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 12, 2021, focuses on late-season alfalfa management, presented by Kim Cassida, MSU Extension forage specialist.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session3, August 4

    Published on August 6, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics. Session 3 focused on 1) Monitoring leaf wetness duration to predict disease infection period– Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE Irrigation Specialist; 2) Irrigation water supply: how much water do I need? – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator; and 3) Irrigation of blueberries and other small fruit - Mark Longstroth, MSU Fruit Educator Emeritus.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 2, July 21

    Published on July 23, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics. Session 2 focused on: 1) Irrigating scheduling with the aid of soil moisture monitoring – Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE-Irrigation Specialist; 2) Where what and why do we irrigate in Michigan and Indiana – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator; 3) Irrigating corn to minimize infection period for Tar Spot - Marty Chilvers, MSU Pathologist; and Cover Crops in Irrigated Fields – Dean Baas, MSU Cover Crops Specialist.

  • Tar Spot and White Mold Management Options

    Published on July 22, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 22, 2021, focuses on tar spot and white mold management options, presented by Martin Chilvers, MSU field crops pathologist.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 1, July 7

    Published on July 9, 2021

    View the recording from the July 7 Irrigation Webinar Series. Hear more about irrigation scheduling, planning irrigation systems, the opportunity to produce annual forage crop under irrigation and irrigated crop nitrogen management in a year with too much and too little water.

  • Optimizing LED lighting for flower crops

    Published on July 1, 2021

    Questions abound when considering use of LED lighting. Choices of fixtures and light quality can be very confusing. In this 45-minute video presentation, Dr. Erik Runkle simplifies the selection and use of LEDs, both indoors and in greenhouses.

  • Forage Management & Supply in a Drought

    Published on June 17, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 17, 2021, focuses on forage management and supply in a drought, presented by Kim Cassida, MSU forage specialist.

  • Better Irrigation Management Through Monitoring & Scheduling

    Published on June 3, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 3, 2021, focuses on better irrigation management through monitoring and scheduling, presented by Younsuk Dong, MSU irrigation specialist.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: On-farm Considerations

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the third session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Jerad Jaborek (Michigan State University) and Garth Ruff (Ohio State University) share some on-farm considerations for beef on dairy cattle. Jerad begins by reviewing a on-farm survey about current beef on dairy practices on dairy farms in the Midwestern U.S. Jerad also explains how to interpret beef cattle expected progeny differences (EPD) when selecting a beef sire. Jerad discusses the importance of proper nutrition, including colostrum, calf starter, and the transition to a feedlot ration. Garth discusses some of the marketing options with beef on dairy calves and techniques or management practices that can be implemented to capture additional value.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Beef Genetics and Sire Selection

    Published on June 3, 2021

    In the second session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Chip Kemp (American Simmental Association and International Genetics Solutions) discusses some hurdles, facts and what-ifs regarding beef on dairy production. As Chip begins, he shares the past history leading up to the current situation we have with beef on dairy cattle production from a sire selection standpoint. Chip highlights traits that producers need to be selecting for when choosing a beef sire to successfully create a profitable crossbred dairy beef calf. Chip briefly discusses a few different marketing avenues, as well as other resources, such as the IGS feeder profit calculator.

  • Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle: Marketing Dairy Beef

    Published on May 30, 2021

    In the first session of the Management Considerations for Crossbred Dairy Cattle program hosted by Michigan State University and Ohio State University, Larry Rose (JBS Head of Cattle Procurement) and JT Loewe (JBS Cattle Procurement) have a conversation with the audience discussing marketing aspects of dairy beef. Both Larry and JT share their observations and experiences with crossbred dairy beef cattle at JBS and their future thoughts on the role for crossbred dairy cattle in the beef industry. Additionally, the new contract which Holstein and Holstein crossbred steers can be marketed on with JBS was discussed relative to the old Holstein contract.

  • Virtual Shiver on the River 2021

    Published on May 28, 2021

    Michigan Sea Grant educator Mary Bohling guides us through stops along Belle Isle to learn more about what the island has to offer.

  • 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.

  • "Women in Agriculture: Taking a Seat at the Table with Confidence" Online Forum

    Published on May 8, 2021

    Today marks the end of Women's History Month, and this year the Farm Business Management team at MSU Extension, in partnership with GreenStone Farm Credit Services, are offering this virtual panel discussion to reflect on women’s contributions and roles in agriculture today and into the future.