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Field Crops


Department of Community Sustainability



  • Cover Crops: Fitting into your System

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: Are you thinking of using or currently using cover crops and looking for alternatives for fitting them into your cropping system? This session will discuss cover crop species and traditional as well as innovative planting methods for including them in your rotations. Topics will include early interseeding, planting green and more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Erin Burns, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor - Integrated weed management with emphasis on practices to mitigate the development and spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.

  • 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.

  • Understanding enteric methane sources and quantification improves mitigation strategies in grazing beef systems

    Published on August 10, 2020
    Methane sources, quantification, and mitigation techniques target reductions in enteric methane emissions of the beef industry according to an invited review in Applied Animal Science

  • Visit Israel to learn about dairy with an MSU twist

    Published on July 17, 2019
    An intriguing opportunity to combine your interest in dairy management with a visit to historic Israel. The Israel Dairy School has a special session planned for US dairy farmers January 5-11, 2020.

  • Livestock winter forage supplies may be short this year

    Published on June 27, 2019
    Hay carryover from last year is low, and with the current delayed hay harvest, that trend could continue, do not wait until you need the forage, make plans now!

  • Tips on quality hay and pasture for beginning farmers: Part 2 – Legume species for hay and pasture

    Published on May 14, 2019
    Whether planting new, or working with what you already have, understanding the legume species that make up your forage can help you succeed.

  • Spring turn-out sets the tone for the entire grazing season

    Published on April 14, 2021
    When the grass starts greening, the urge to get livestock on pasture is strong. However, patience and a little planning will pay off because management of the spring flush of forage availability is key to setting the tone for the entire grazing season.

  • Feeding pigs in extensive production: Part 2

    Published on September 5, 2019
    Complete feed rations are Important for the nutrition of your pigs

  • Disease control permits to manage bovine tuberculosis are now available to more landowners

    Published on August 20, 2019
    The reoccurrence of bovine tuberculosis infections in northeast Michigan cattle herds results in the need for more landowners to use disease control permits.