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  • 2018 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.

  • Farmer Field School Workshops (2018)

    Dates:

    Various dates in 2018. Please see the website listed below.

    Location:

    Various locations in Michigan. Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    The MSU Organic Farm is offering the following workshops in 2018:
    • DIY Caterpillar Tunnel Build @ New City Urbran Farm in GR: Tuesday, April 10, 8am – noon; FREE
    • Designing your Packing Shed with Atina Diffley @ Eastminster Church in E Lansing; Monday, April 30, 9am – 4:30pm FREE (Full: Registration is closed)
    • Cut Flowers for Weddings & Events @ Seeley Farm: Sunday, July 15, 9am – 4pm
    • Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing - Webinar with Trent Thompson from Green Gardens; Jill and Nate Lada from Green Things Farm, date & time (TBA in August or September)
    • Cheaper Really is Better: Crop Fertility - October, Location & Date TBA; Lee Arboreal from Live Edge Farm
    • DIY Greens Dryer & Bubbler Build @ Tilian Farm Development Center near Ann Arbor; November, Location & Date TBA
    • Peak CSA Roundtable - December, Date TBA, FREE
  • 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
  • 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.

  • North Farm Extension Workshop Series (June, July, August, September 2018)

    Dates:

    • Livestock on the Small Farm · June 10 · 1-5 p.m.
    • Plasticulture: Season Extension 201 · July 15 · 1-5 p.m.
    • Flower Production · August 19 · 1-5 p.m.
    • Forest Resource Management · September 30 · 1-5 p.m.

    Location:

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

    Description:

    These workshops, focused on topics relevant to small-scale farmers, homesteaders and home gardeners, will provide participants the opportunity to learn from university staff, local professionals and seasoned farmers.

    Each workshop will consist of a classroom component hosted at the MSU North Farm in Chatham, Michigan, located in the central Upper Peninsula. Following classroom learning, participants go on a field trip to a local farm where they will get to ask farmers questions and see applications of concepts.

  • Potato Field Day (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 9, 2018.

     

    Location:

    Montcalm Research Center, 4629 W. McBrides Road, Lakeview, MI 48850

    Description:

    A field day highlighting the potato breeding and storage research conducted at the Montcalm Research Center by MSU researchers.

  • 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.

  • Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center Field Day (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 9, 2018.  8:30 am - noon.

    Location:

    Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI, 48734

    Description:

    A field day highlighting Michigan State University research at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center, including on dry bean breeding, soil health and weed management. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with field tours from 9 a.m. to noon and lunch afterward.

  • 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 (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.

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