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  • 2017 Weed Control Guide for Field Crops

    Description:

    Profitable crop production depends on effective weed control. Effective weed control in field crops requires the use of a combination of management techniques, including cultural methods and herbicides. This manual looks at the advantages and disadvantages of many pest management techniques.

  • Beginning Farmer Webinar Series (January - May 2017)

    Dates:

    • Jan. 30, Small vegetable farm systems
    • Feb. 13, Hoophouse management
    • Feb. 27, Maple syrup
    • March 13, Fencing and watering systems for livestock
    • March 27, Blueberries
    • April 3, Crop nutrient management
    • April 10, Aquaculture (fish farming)
    • April 24, Planning and operating a mixed fruit orchard
    • May 8, Producing and selling eggs

    Location:

    Online. Connection information will be emailed after registration.

    Description:

    New farm businesses provide jobs, income and increased economic and social stability, and increased food security to rural and other communities. Providing basic, practical information to people interested in or already engaging in new farm enterprises helps these small businesses develop sound production and marketing plans. The Michigan State University Extension Beginning Farmer Webinar Series helps to make this happen, reaching 664 people since 2012.  Please see the 2017 dates and topics below.

  • Commodity Marketing Update for Grains and Dairy Sessions (2017)

    Dates:

    • Tuesday, Feb. 28: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, April 25:  10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, June 27: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Aug. 22: 10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Oct. 31:  10 a.m. to Noon
    • Tuesday, Dec. 19:  10 a.m. to Noon

     

    Location:

    Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan 48471 OR Online webinar

    Description:

    All farm producers are welcome to attend the session live session which will be held at the Michigan State University Extension Office, 171 Dawson Street, Sandusky, Michigan or join online as part of the webinar.
    The host for these meetings will be Dennis Stein, Farm Management Educator.

  • Field Crops Team

    Description:

    The Field Crops Team provides farmers with easily accessible, pertinent information to help make management decisions easier. The team offers numerous articles on Insects, Disease, Weeds, Soils, Research, Management, and Hybrid/Variety Trials, for each of the following crops and areas of crop management: Corn; Soybeans; Dry Beans; Forages; Sugarbeets; Potatoes; Management. For a list of experts related to specific crop issues, please click on the faculty link below.

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Resources for the Agricultural Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The food and agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy, and its contribution is growing, increasing more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2010. In truly integrated fashion, our links in the navigational bar (see left) span the management of insects, weeds, plant diseases and advice for keeping crops healthy to resist plant damage.  Resources are available on the following topics:

    • Christmas Trees
    • Fruit
    • Field Crops
    • Organic Agriculture
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Vegetables
  • Milk and Grain Marketing Series (2016 - 2017)

    Dates:

    December 13, 2016; March 14, 2017; June 13, 2017; September 12, 2017

    Location:

    Isabella County Building, 200 N. Main St., 3rd Floor Room 320, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

    Description:

    Agriculture markets are more volatile than ever. For most farms, profits are largely determined by how well you market your production. Now more than ever your farm’s future success depends on your ability to understand the  markets and use the basic marketing tools.  Fred Hinkley, retired MSU Extension Educator and Marketing Specialist will provide insight and outlook on the milk and grain markets, and suggest strategies to minimize financial risk.

  • MSU Variety Trials Information

    Description:

    MSU maintains updated data on variety trials for the following crops: Corn; Forage; Dry Beans; Soybeans; and Wheat.

  • North Farm Extension Workshop Series (May - August 2017)

    Dates:

    May 21, June 4, July 9, and August 13, 2017.  1:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

    Location:

    The North Farm, N5431 Rock River Road, Chatham, MI - 1 mile north of the Village of Chatham on the Rock River Road

    Description:

    The North Farm staff will be hosting a series of four workshops at The North Farm in May, June, July, and August. All workshops are held on-site and include a combination of classroom and hands-on activities. Topics include: Soil Health; Perennial Fruit Crops; Organic Small Grains; and Insects on the Farm.

  • Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center (Frankenmuth, MI)

    Location:

    3775 S. Reese Rd, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734.

    Description:

    Most of the dry bean and sugar beet production in Michigan is located in the Saginaw Valley and the Thumb area. Michigan is the No. 1 producer of black beans, the No. 2 producer of all dry beans and the No. 4 producer of sugar beets in the country. Research at the center has allowed Michigan producers to be national leaders in a variety of commodities by offering growers the latest information on crop management and tillage techniques, new variety trials, and pest and weed control with minimal environmental impact. In addition to dry bean and sugar beet research, studies at the 310-acre site explore other important rotational crops including corn, wheat and soybeans.

  • Spud Database: Potato Genomics Resource

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Spud DB is a collection of datasets and data-mining tools to view and analyze the potato genome, including tools to facilitate breeding improved cultivars.

  • Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center

    Location:

    E3774 University Drive, P.O. Box 168, Chatham, MI, 49816.

    Description:

    The Upper Peninsula Research Center is the hub of beef cattle research for northern Michigan. Applied research on alternative beef cattle management practices are conducted in the unique environment of the Upper Peninsula. Low-stress weaning methods, extended grazing season options, control of infectious disease, and traceability are being studied to reduce input costs or produce greater value for beef producers. Complementary agronomic studies at the 1,262-acre site focus on forages, corn, small grains and oilseed crops for alternative energy. The center also coordinates numerous field trials of biomass grasses, potato varieties and corn varieties throughout the Upper Peninsula region.

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