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  • Introducing the MSU Ag and Wildlife Podcast

    Published on September 16, 2021
    Season 1, Episode 0 of the MSU Ag and Wildlife Podcast

  • Soil Analysis to Save the Bucks

    Published on July 23, 2021
    In this episode Sarah Fronczak, MSU Extension Environmental Educator sits down with Gabe Camp to talk about the use of soil testing and other analytical tools to increase efficiency in crop fields.

  • Flights of Fertilizers

    Published on July 5, 2021
    In this episode, Sarah Fronczak, MSU Extension Environmental Educator sits down with Jay Williams to talk about the use of drones for nutrient management.

  • Conservation for the Bottom Line

    Published on June 21, 2021
    In this episode, Sarah Fronczak, MSU Extension Environmental Educator sits down with Marc Hasenick to talk about Cover Crops and Prairie Strips.

  • Marketing 101

    Published on April 21, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 7 Episode 4: MSU Extension Educators Monica Jean and Corey Clark, sit down with Angie Setzer, Vice President of Grain for Citizens LLC (Charlotte, MI) to get into the weeds on marketing grains.

  • Pretty Please Participate

    Published on April 21, 2021
    With Season 2 of In the Weeds coming to an end we are asking for your feedback! If you would please follow the link below and take 5 minutes to complete, your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Ideas and suggestions will be incorporated into Season 3. Thank you and happy listening https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4OQpvULkOktUEKO

  • Carbon Market Craz

    Published on April 2, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 7 Episode 3 : MSU Extension Educators Monica Jean and Corey Clark sit down with Dr. Matt Gammans, Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Environmental Economics at MSU, to discuss carbon markets and its impact on farming.

  • Magic 8 Ball Reading: Market Outlook and Trade

    Published on March 29, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 7 Episode 2 : MSU Extension Educator Monica Jean sits down with Dr. Aleks Schaefer, Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Food Policy at MSU, to discuss the 2020/21 marketing year and current trade issues.

  • COVID Financial Relief & Farm Bill: Go Sign Up!!

    Published on February 10, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 7 Episode 1: MSU Extension Educators Monica Jean, Jon LaPorte and Corey Clark sits down to discuss COVID financial relief programs farmers can apply for and Farm Bill updates.

  • Use of UAVs on the Farm: Dust Collector or Management Tool

    Published on February 3, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 6 Episode 5: MSU Extension Field Crops Educators Monica Jean and Eric Anderson sits down with Bob Goodwin, MSU RS & GIS Senior Geospatial Analyst, to discuss if UAVs are worth the investment for farmers.

  • The Art of Scouting

    Published on January 19, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 6 Episode 3: MSU Extension Field Crops Educators Monica Jean and Paul Gross, sits down with Chris DiFonzo, MSU Field Crops Entomologist, to explore what scouting is and how important it can be for a farming operation.

  • Rotation That's Anything but Boring

    Published on January 7, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 6 Episode 3: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Paul Gross sit down with Tim Boring, Farmer by Stockbridge, MI, to discuss how to incorporate in innovative practices like relay cropping.

  • Innovative forage systems

    Published on December 21, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 2: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Paul Gross sits down with Erins Burns and Kim Cassida, Weed Scientist and Forage Specialist at MSU, to discuss how changing up your forage rotation can help with management issues like manure application oppertunities.

  • Don't treat manure like $h*t

    Published on December 10, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 6 Episode 1: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Paul Gross sits down with Glen Arnold, Manure Nutrient Management Systems Field Specialist with OSU, to discuss how to better utilize manure through improved application techniques.

  • Saving soil: a farmer's perspective on cover crops

    Published on November 26, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 5: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Dan Ritter, Farmer in the thumb of Michigan, to discuss how cover crops work to save him money

  • Flushing phosphorus down the drain: tile lines and disoloved phosphorus

    Published on November 12, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 4: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Merrin McCrae, Researcher at the Univeristy of Waterloo, to discuss phosphorus transport and how that interacts with tile lines, cover crops and more!

  • Consumer opinion matters: markets and the pandemic

    Published on October 29, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 3: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Trey Malone, MSU Assistant Professor and Extension Economist, to discuss how consumer opinions impact Michigan markets.

  • Tracking Turds: Finding the Source of Contamination in Watersheds

    Published on October 16, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 2: MSU Extension educators Erica Rogers and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Aaron Snell, owner of Streamside Ecological Services Inc., to discuss Ecoli tracking in watersheds to resolve community feces contamination issues.

  • Myth-busting Phosphorus in Your Fields

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 1: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sit down with Chad Penn, Research Soil Scientist with USDA-ARS, to discuss how phosphorus behaves in the field and how farming practices can influence its fate.

  • Working Women, the Backbone of Family Farms

    Published on June 3, 2020
    This is a testimonial to the trials and tribulations as described by a working women in agriculture. Listen as she explains her supporting role, added stress of having an off-farm job, and how she maintains a healthy work life balance.