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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Soil Fertility: Start Right to Finish Well

    Published on April 15, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for April 15, 2021, focuses on soil fertility and management, presented by Kurt Steinke, MSU soil fertility and nutrient management.

  • PLFA Webinar

    Published on April 5, 2021

    Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) test, which measures the biomass of the microbes in the soil, is one of the tests that is currently being conducted to determine the microbial population of soil. To understand the PLFA test, the MSU Extension Field Crops Team invited Donna Brandt, Research Specialist with Missouri’s Soil Health Assessment Center, to give a short presentation on soil health, PLFA analysis, and how to interpret a soil health report.

  • Cover Crops Virtual Field Day - Soil Health Breakout Room

    Published on September 14, 2020

    Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Professor of Soils and Cropping Systems Ecology and Associate Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, will lead a discussion on how cover crops can enhance soil health. Hosted by MSU Extension Educator Christina Currell.

  • Compaction Remediation with Cover Crops

    Published on September 11, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross, gives cover crop recommendations for fields that have compaction due to constructions project like wind turbine installation.

  • Evaluating Soil Health in a Soil Pit

    Published on September 11, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Paul Gross, looks at worm channels, roots and topsoil depth to evaluate the impact of no-till on soil health.

  • Innovative Cropping Systems Virtual Field Day - Hasenick Brothers Farm

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Footage from our live Cropping System Resilience Virtual Field Day with Tim Boring and Drew Hasenick, on July 31 at 9am EST.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Managing Nitrogen Loss from Flooding

    Published on June 11, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for June 11, 2020, focuses on managing nitrogen (N) loss from flooding, presented by Kurt Steinke, MSU soil fertility and nutrient management specialist. Following Steinke’s presentation are updates from MSU specialists on EPA’s dicamba cancellation order, insect pests including alfalfa weevil, armyworm and leafhoppers, and replanting soybeans.

  • Team Discussion After the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast for May 7, 2020

    Published on May 7, 2020

    A quick discussion about early season insects, alfalfa seedlings, wheat herbicides and fertilizing grass hay fields with the MSU Extension field crop educators and specialists.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Fine-tune Nutrients

    Published on May 7, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for May 7, 2020, focuses on fine-turning nutrients, presented by Kurt Steinke, MSU Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Dealing with Tough Soil Conditions

    Published on April 16, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for April 16, 2020, focused on dealing with tough soil conditions, presented by Dr. Tim Harrigan, MSU Department of Agricultural Engineering.

  • Measuring Soil Health

    Published on April 8, 2020

    MSU Extension provides an opportunity for users to review soil health and how to measure it.

  • Safe Use of Animal-based Soil Amendments

    Published on February 19, 2020

    MSU Extension offers the option for participants to learn and understand the safest use of animal-based soil amendments.

  • Rye Grass as a Cover Crop

    Published on January 9, 2020

    MSU Extension Educator, Christina Curell, discusses the pros and cons of using rye grass as a cover crop.

  • Rainfall Simulator - Soil Health Demonstration

    Published on September 2, 2019

    Paul Gross and Dean Baas, from Michigan State University Extension, give a rainfall simulator demonstration at the 2019 AgroExpo in Michigan. The demonstration covers soil health topics such as runoff, water holding capacity, and aggregate stability.

  • MSU Cover Crop Team Webinar Series: Soil Biology Benefits of Cover Crops

    Published on May 15, 2019

    The fifth webinar in this series highlights research at Michigan State University on the soil biology benefits of using cover crops.

  • Early-Season Soil Fertility

    Published on May 9, 2019

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for May 9, 2019, focused on early-season soil fertility, presented by Kurt Steinke, MSU Extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist.

  • Soil Physical Properties for Field and Hoophouse

    Published on February 6, 2019

    Getting started with learning soil physical properties for field and hoophouse.

  • Wheat Fertility Management

    Published on May 10, 2018

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for May 10, 2018, focused on wheat fertility management for 2018, presented by Dennis Pennington, MSU Extension wheat specialist.