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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 - April 2018)

    Dates:

    • Jan. 17, 2018: Seed Starting and Transplant Production
    • Jan. 24, 2018: Reduced Tillage Vegetable Growing
    • Jan. 31, 2018: Managing Your Farm Woodlot
    • Feb. 7, 2018: Choosing Apple Varieties and Rootstocks for Your New Orchard
    • Feb. 14, 2018: Organic Matter Basics
    • Feb. 21, 2018: Fertilizer Basics
    • Feb. 28, 2018: Livestock Basics
    • Mar. 7, 2018: Raising Rabbits
    • Mar. 14, 2018: Food Safety Modernization Act Basics: Am I Covered?
    • Mar. 21, 2018: USDA and SARE Programs for Beginning Farmers
    • Mar. 28, 2018: Pest Management Systems Compared
    • Apr. 4, 2018: U-Pick Farm Business
    • Apr. 11, 2018: Farm Business Basics #1
    • Apr. 18, 2018: Farm Business Basics #2
    • Apr. 25, 2018: Farm Business Basics #3

    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. Participants will get an overview of a variety of farming enterprises and topics, and have an opportunity through live, online chat to ask questions of MSU and other agriculture experts.

  • 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 (CANCELLED)

     

    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.

  • Dry Bean and Sugar Beet Symposium (January 2018)

    Dates:

    January 16, 2018.  8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

     

    Location:

    Horizons Conference Center: 6200 State St, Saginaw, MI 48603

    Description:

    This annual symposium offers research based information on improving production, marketing, and quality. This is the largest agriculture trade show in central Michigan. There is no registration or fee required to attend.

  • Farmer Field School Workshop: Shoulder Season and Root Crop Production (November 2017)

    Dates:

    Monday, November 6th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location:

    MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Road, Holt, MI 48842

    Description:

    This workshop looks at two key aspects of season extension: Shoulder Season Production (Oct – Dec) and spring (Feb – April) and Root Crops. In both areas we will look at important practices & schedules for success, necessary production & storage infrastructure, proven crop types and varieties, post-harvest/storage management and other critical elements to moving beyond summer production.

  • 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.

  • Field Crops Webinar Series (February, March 2018)

    Dates:

    Monday evenings: February 19 - March 26, 2018.  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    This series of six online programs addresses field crop production and pest management. Participants will learn how to enhance their corn, soybean, small grain and forage production systems in the coming season, and have an opportunity to ask questions of MSU agriculture experts. These live webinar programs can be viewed independently online. Registration is $20.00 for the full series of six webinars or $5.00 per individual webinar session. One MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credit will be available through each event for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core, or Field Crops.

  • 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
  • Lake City Research Center (Lake City, MI)

    Dates:

     

     

    Location:

    5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, MI  49651

    Description:

    The Lake City Research Center includes 810 acres of managed land and 180 beef cows in a geographic area suitable for forage-based livestock enterprises, potato production and bioenergy crop production. The center is a leader in potato breeding and genetics research, with more than 60,000 seedlings grown and evaluated each year. It also supports research on forage and beef production systems that are holistic, sustainable and profitable. The center’s mission is to bring about practical, common-sense solutions to agricultural sustainability obstacles using research- and knowledge-based problem solving with the assistance of industry partners and the community.  The MSU Lake City Research Center helps to lead way in developing new regenerative grasslands certification.

  • Milk and Grain Marketing Series (2017 - 2018)

    Dates:

    December 12, 2017; March 13, 2018; June 12, 2018; September 11, 2018.

    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.

  • Montcalm Research Center (Lakeview, MI)

    Location:

    4629 W. McBrides Road, Lakeview, MI 48850

    Description:

    Michigan potato and dry bean producers are the main beneficiaries of the research conducted at the 57-acre Montcalm Research Center. The center also leases 40 additional acres for research and demonstration projects. Research activities include potato variety evaluation, cultural practices, fertility and weed, insect and disease control. Michigan ranks sixth in the nation in potato production value and is the No. 1 producer of chipping potatoes in the country. The center is adjacent to the Burt Cargill Potato Demonstration Storage facility which consists of two buildings that, combined, house nine 50,000-pound bulk potato storages. These storages allow researchers to study the commercial potential of new processing potato varieties as well as perform other post-harvest evaluations under simulated commercial evaluation.

  • MSU Variety Trials Information

    Description:

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

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

    Location:

    3775 S. Reese Road, 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.

  • Soybean Management and Research Technology (SMaRT) Meetings (January, February 2018)

    Dates:

    PLEASE REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE DATES/LOCATIONS LISTED ABOVE.

    Time - All programs will begin at 8:45 a.m. and will end with a complimentary lunch.

    Location:

    • January 16 at Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
    • January 18 at Dearth Community Center, 262 S Sprague St, Coldwater, MI 49036
    • January 24 at The Brentwood Restaurant, 178 Park Dr, Caro, MI  48723
    • February 6 at The Trestle Stop Restaurant, 3366 M-40, Hamilton, MI 49419
    • February 7 at Wagon Wheel American Grill, 7888 E Grand River Ave, Portland, MI 48875
    • February 9 at Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI 49047

    Description:

    The results of the 2017 SMaRT on-farm research projects will be presented. Participants will also learn about other checkoff-funded research and soybean cyst nematodes. Time is available for questions, comments and discussion.

    The Michigan Soybean Checkoff program is covering all costs. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials.

  • 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.

  • Sugarbeet Seed Week Meetings 2017 (November, December 2017)

    Dates:

    November 30, December 4, December 5, and December 7, 2017.  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location:

    • November 30, 2017: Bay Shore Camp, 450 N. Miller Rd., Sebewaing, MI 48759
    • December 4, 2017: Soaring Eagle Casion & Resort, 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
    • December 5, 2017: Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Rd., Frankenmuth, MI 48734
    • December 7, 2017: Ubly Heights Golf & Country Club, 2400 E. Atwater Rd., Ubly, MI 48475

    Description:

    Choosing the right sugar beet seed is the foundation of profitable sugar beet production. Matching varieties to field conditions, disease problems and management will be stressed in these meetings. This is your opportunity to find out what new varieties are being brought forward and how to manage these genetics for the greatest success. The programs will include presentations from each seed company, Michigan Sugar Company Researchers and Sugarbeet Advancement.

    This program is run from 8:30 a.m. until noon, at which time lunch is provided. There is no cost to attend this program.

  • Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (Chatham, MI)

    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.

  • Using Biologicals in Field Crop Agriculture: A Roundtable Discussion (February 2018)

    Dates:

    February 22, 2018. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Location:

    W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    This roundtable discussion brings together MSU scientists, Extension, and private sector crop advisors and retailers to discuss the use of biologicals in field crops. Through short research presentations and facilitated discussions we’ll explore:

    • What does the science say - do they work?
    • What is the role of microbes in farming?
    • What types of biologicals are being promoted and sold?
    • What do ag professionals and farmers know about them?
    • Where can and do farmer advisors and farmers access information about biologicals?

    Registration is free for this event, and all materials and lunch are included. Mileage will be reimbursed, and lodging is available free of charge the night before the event (Feb 21).

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