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  • Production of Biochar

    Published on November 18, 2021

    In this webinar you will learn about the production of biochar by pyrolysis. This includes biochar production systems ranging from low-tech to high-tech. The infrastructure needs influence the costs associated with starting to produce biochar, and the the price of biochar at retail has a wide range. The primary production parameters are temperature and retention time, and these parameters are important in the determination of the finished characteristics of the biochar. Air emissions are discussed, which are a concern during production and will vary depending on production practices as well.

  • Michigan farmers talk about MSU's farm stress teletherapy program

    Published on November 12, 2021

    Meet Jim and Kelly. After a devastating tuberculosis outbreak among his herd of cattle, Jim needed support to deal with his grief and stress. He was connected with the MSU Extension farm stress team, who helped him engage with our grant-supported teletherapy program. Jim and Kelly reflected on this experience and how teletherapy helped them through tough times.

  • Introduction to the Great Lakes Biochar Network and Biochar Basics

    Published on October 28, 2021

    In this webinar you will learn more about the Great Lakes Biochar Network and how you can be involved in strengthening the network. You will also learn more about the basics of biochar, and how it can be used to help create a sustainable bio-economy. There are many stakeholders involved with biochar in the Great Lakes region, and the aim of the GLBN is to strengthen the connections between stakeholders.

  • Garlic Smash

    Published on October 22, 2021

    The easiest way to remove the skin from garlic it to SMASH it!

  • Farm Tax Management

    Published on September 23, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 23, 2021, focuses farm tax management, presented by Corey Clark, MSU Extension farm business management educator.

  • Soybean Cyst Nematodes

    Published on September 16, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 16, 2021, focuses on soybean cyst nematodes, presented by Marisol Quintanilla, MSU Extension nematologist.

  • Scouting for Weed Escapes & Fall Management

    Published on September 9, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 9, 2021, focuses on scouting for weed escapes and fall management, presented by Christy Sprague, MSU Extension weed specialist.

  • Planting Wheat: Building High Yield Potential

    Published on September 2, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Sept. 2, 2021, focuses on planting wheat and building high yield potential, presented by Dennis Pennington, MSU Extension wheat specialist.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 5, September 1

    Published on September 1, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics.

  • Getting the Most from Manure Applications

    Published on August 26, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 26, 2021, focuses on getting the most from manure applications, presented by Brook Wilke, Associate Director for Science and Agronomy, MSU Kellogg Biological Station Long-Term Agroecosystem Research.

  • Utilizing Digital Technology for Agriculture

    Published on August 19, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 19, 2021, focuses on utilizing digital technology for agriculture, presented by Bruno Basso, MSU Foundation Professor.

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 4, August 18

    Published on August 18, 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) Irrigation management and efficiency– Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE Irrigation Specialist; 2)Irrigating fresh market vegetables for top quality – Ron Goldy, MSU Vegetable Educator Emeritus; and 3) Irrigating Tree Fruit, Nikki Rothwell, MSU Tree Fruit Educator, Northwest Horticulture Experiment Station; 4) Irrigation for Ornamental Horticulture - Tom Fernandez, MSU Professor

  • 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.

  • Exercises with Your Baby

    Published on August 6, 2021

    Join Rayshawnda, community nutrition instructor, while she exercises with baby Elodie!

  • 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.

  • Mid-summer Insect Update

    Published on August 5, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 5, 2021, focuses on a mid-summer insect update, presented by Christina DiFonzo, MSU Extension field crops entomology specialist.

  • Pricing Corn, Soybeans and Wheat

    Published on July 29, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 29, 2021, focuses on pricing corn, soybeans and wheat, presented by Matt Gammans, MSU assistant professor.

  • Physical Activity Break Chair Yoga

    Published on July 23, 2021

    Take a physical activity break with MSU Extension Community Nutrition Instructor Heather Hampel and try some chair yoga!

  • Irrigation Webinar Series - Session 2, July 21

    Published on July 23, 2021

    Six webinar series regarding irrigation management, efficiency, new and expanding irrigation, as well as a crop update with current management topics. Session 2 focused on: 1) Irrigating scheduling with the aid of soil moisture monitoring – Dr. Younsuk Dong , MSU BAE-Irrigation Specialist; 2) Where what and why do we irrigate in Michigan and Indiana – Lyndon Kelley, MSU/Purdue Extension Irrigation Educator; 3) Irrigating corn to minimize infection period for Tar Spot - Marty Chilvers, MSU Pathologist; and Cover Crops in Irrigated Fields – Dean Baas, MSU Cover Crops Specialist.

  • 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.