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  • Hemp Production in Michigan

    Published on March 23, 2020

    Michigan agriculture is one year into the redevelopment of our state’s hemp industry. Much has been accomplished, but the rules of the game continue to evolve.

  • 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.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Weed Management - Christy Sprague and Erin Burns

    Published on March 8, 2021

    In the session on March 8, MSU Extension weed scientists Christy Sprague and Erin Burns focused on “Weed Control—Effective Options for Tough Weeds at Different Price Points.” Herbicides are the main component of many weed management programs in field crops. To reduce weed control costs, herbicide programs can be changed, although the cost of herbicides is relatively small compared to the economic cost and loss that can be caused by weeds.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Corn, Wheat and Soybean Price Outlook

    Published on February 17, 2020
    We'll look at the price outlook for both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 crop marketing years for corn, wheat and soybeans to consider pricing strategies. We'll also consider the price outlook may mean for the PLC/ARC program which must be made by March 15.

  • Late and Prevented Planting Issues: Lessons Learned from 2019

    Published on February 10, 2020
    Looking back at the lessons learned from 2019, this session will focus on agronomic and financial strategies farms can use to become more resilient moving forward. How to better prepare for or manage against the risks that years like 2019 bring with them.

  • Herbicide Efficiency Under Weather Stress

    Published on March 4, 2019
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Herbicide Efficiency Under Weather Stress"

  • Tillage in Michigan Soybean Systems

    Published on February 25, 2019
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Tillage in Michigan Soybean Systems"

  • Tar Spot in Corn & Other Emerging Diseases

    Published on March 25, 2019
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Tar Spot in Corn & Other Emerging Diseases"

  • Woodlot Management

    Published on March 16, 2020
    This talk will cover the basics of woodlot management to meet a variety of goals, including the production of non-timber forest products.

  • Cover Crops for Potato and Soybean Systems

    Published on March 27, 2017
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Cover Crops for Potato and Soybean Systems"

  • Soil Fertility for Forage Production

    Published on March 20, 2017
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Soil Fertility for Forage Production"

  • Conservation Drainage

    Published on February 19, 2018
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Conservation Drainage"

  • Cover Crop Profitability

    Published on March 11, 2019
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Cover Crop Profitability"

  • Nutrient Management Research in Field Crops

    Published on March 14, 2016
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Nutrient Management Research in Field Crops"

  • Corn Hybrid and Soy Variety Selection

    Published on March 26, 2018
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Corn Hybrid and Soy Variety Selection"

  • Resurgence of Western Bean Cutworm

    Published on February 13, 2017
    MSU Extension Field Crop Webinar Series "Resurgence of Western Bean Cutworm"