Agriculture & Invasive Species


2023-24 Agricultural Meeting Summary Sheet - January 10, 2024 version

The above line is a link to this years Winter Ag Meeting summary list.  This list is meant to be a living document that will be updated periodically when new events are added and past events are removed.  Please check the red date shown in the upper right of the fist page.


Link to MSU Extension Field Crops web page and information.

Link to MSU Variety Trials web page.

2023 MSU Extension Custom Work rates reports can be found at:



Spongy Moth (formally known as Gypsy Moth)

Outbreaks of Spongy moth are not frequent but are unpleasant to live with when they do occur. Learn more about why populations grow and collapse and how you can deal with their impact.

Link to Gypsy Moth information:

Emerald Ash Borer

Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, is an exotic beetle that was discovered in southeastern Michigan near Detroit in the summer of 2002. The adult beetles nibble on ash foliage but cause little damage. The larvae (the immature stage) feed on the inner bark of ash trees, disrupting the tree's ability to transport water and nutrients. Emerald ash borer probably arrived in the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or airplanes originating in its native Asia. As of October 2018, it is now found in 35 states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

Since its discovery, EAB has:

  • Killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.
  • Caused regulatory agencies and the USDA to enforce quarantines and fines to prevent potentially infested ash trees, logs or hardwood firewood from moving out of areas where EAB occurs.
  • Cost municipalities, property owners, nursery operators and forest products industries hundreds of millions of dollars.

Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees
April 2019 - Third Edition

This bulletin answers your questions about, and offers insecticide options for controlling EAB.

 Box Tree Moth

Box tree moth will destroy most boxwood shrubs in the country if it becomes established. Growers and landscapers can help by protecting newly planted boxwoods

 Links to the Box Tree Moth resources