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  • 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 - 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.

  • 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.

  • Cover Crops as Forage: What to Consider

    Published on February 17, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Sustainability Session: Are cover crops forages or forages cover crops? In many ways they are the same, but there are important differences. This session will discuss considerations for growing cover crops for forage including species, timing, evaluating your stand and forage quality.

  • 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.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Alfalfa Autotoxicity

    Published on August 13, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for August 13, 2020, focuses on Alfalfa Autotoxicity, presented by Dr. Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist. Following Dr. Cassida's presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Alternative Forages

    Published on June 4, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for June 4, 2020, focuses on alternative forages, presented by Kim Cassida, MSU forage specialist.

  • Extended Discussion After the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 4, 2020

    Published on June 4, 2020

    A discussion and update about insects, diseases and weeds throughout Michigan’s field crop regions with the MSU Extension field crop educators and specialists.

  • Sorghum for Cover Crops and Forage

    Published on January 9, 2020

    Michigan State University (MSU) Forage and Cover Crop Specialist, Kim Cassida, explores how dual-purpose use for Sorghum cover crops can benefit both soil health and livestock. Forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids (sometimes abbreviated as sudex) are exceptionally heat and drought tolerant annual crops that are often used as cover crops. They also have a long history as livestock feed harvested as hay, haylage, or pasture. This makes them a prime candidate for dual purpose use as both cover crop and forage. Dual purpose cover crops can help crop growers recoup the cost of planting a cover, while providing much needed feed for livestock. Because roots are not harvested, many of the soil improvement benefits remain. Frost-killed pasture can be stockpiled for winter grazing similar to corn stover, while also continuing to provide ground cover and erosion protection.

  • Assessing Alfalfa Stands for Winter Damage

    Published on May 29, 2019

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for May 16, 2019, focused on assessing alfalfa stands for winter damage, presented by Kim Cassida, MSU Extension forage specialist.

  • Alfalfa Harvest Management

    Published on May 17, 2018

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for May 17, 2018, focused on alfalfa harvest management for 2018, presented by Kim Cassida, MSU Extension forage specialist.

  • Getting Started with Hay Production

    Published on April 18, 2016

    The basics of hay production.

  • Basics of Field Crop and Hay Production

    Published on January 4, 2016

    Getting started with field crops and hay.