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  • Is Your Irrigation System Ready to Apply Chemicals, Chemigation and Fertilization

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: With new diseases such as Tar Spot and increasing levels of gray leaf spot in corn as summer temperatures have been on the rise, there has been increasing interest in being able to apply fungicides and other crop chemicals through irrigation water. This session will walk through what irrigation system components and performance are required to achieve adequate coverage to apply agri-chemicals for crop protection.

  • Low Cost Sensors to Improve Irrigation Management

    Published on February 18, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Irrigation Session: There have been remarkable improvements in low cost, low voltage micro-processor systems available to the hobbyist “maker community”. These small computers have the ability to read and store data from a wide variety of sensors, and can be used to automate processes, creating opportunities for farmers to integrate this technology for data collection and management. Dr. Younsuk Dong, Michigan State University Department of Biosystems Engineering, will discuss his work in utilizing one of these systems to improve irrigation management, monitor leaf wetness, reduce the risk of crop diseases.

  • Tar Spot and White Mold

    Published on July 23, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 23, 2020, focuses on tar spot in corn and white mold in soybean, presented by Martin Chilvers, MSU Extension plant pathologist. Following Chilver’s presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tar Spot and White Mold

    Published on July 23, 2020
    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 23, 2020, focuses on tar spot in corn and white mold in soybean, presented by Martin Chilvers, MSU Extension plant pathologist.

  • Check fields for tar spot if your later-planted corn is turning every color except green

    Published on September 13, 2019
    Corn tar spot symptoms are becoming more widespread across southwest Michigan.

  • Tar spot and irrigated corn: What we saw in 2018 and will it happen again?

    Published on May 10, 2019
    Based on the rapid spread last season, we anticipate there will be plenty of spores to go around in southwest Michigan and northern Indiana in 2019.

  • Evaluate corn stalk strength prior to harvest

    Published on September 25, 2018
    Knowing stalk strength can help prioritize fields that should be harvested first.

  • Corn and soybeans will be competing for irrigation this year

    Published on August 8, 2019
    Late-planted corn will have maximum water needed well into August, matching the typical time for irrigating soybeans for many irrigators.

  • Corn tar spot confirmed in Michigan

    Published on October 10, 2017
    Confirmed case of tar spot in 2017 could be potential issue for Michigan corn production.

  • Field Crop Sessions Take the Center Stage at the MI Ag Ideas to Grow with Conference, February 15-19, 2021

    Published on February 5, 2021
    Learn about controlling pests, farm bill options for 2021, working with lenders, drainage and irrigation, working with MDNR on managing wildlife damage and more. There are over 25 sessions to choose from, over 20 providing RUP credits.

  • Stored grain management training available for farmers and commercial applicators

    Published on November 21, 2019
    Participants will learn on-farm grain storage tips and earn enough recertification credits to renew their private or commercial applicator fumigation standard without retesting.

  • MSU hosts virtual field day on various corn topics

    Published on August 17, 2020
    Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch hosted a virtual corn field day Wednesday, Sept. 9

  • Tar spot of corn: A new disease for North America

    Published on May 1, 2019
    A new disease is slowly making their appearance in North America

  • Corn tar spot featured at upcoming Pest Management Update meetings

    Published on January 4, 2019
    Corn tar spot, a new threat to Michigan corn yields, will be one of the topics discussed at Pest Management Update meetings held throughout Michigan during January and February 2019.

  • Southwest Michigan field crop update – July 9, 2020

    Published on July 9, 2020
    Drought conditions across much of the Corn Belt have hit Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Rainfall is needed before we reach critical growth stages in our major crops.

  • Combating corn tar spot

    Published on July 1, 2020
    MSU field crops pathologist Martin Chilvers examines management strategies, impacts for emerging plant disease

  • Corn tar spot outlook for 2019

    Published on July 26, 2019
    Tar spot has ben confirmed in Kent and Gratiot counties at low levels. Although tar spot is off to a slow start, continue monitoring for this disease.

  • Tar spot is impacting corn yields and causing stalk lodging during harvest

    Published on November 6, 2018
    We are seeing widespread incidence of corn tar pot in southwest Michigan as fields open up for harvest.