2013 Field Crops Pest Management Update Program Series

Field crop growers can gear-up for the 2013 growing season by attending the MSU Extension Pest Management Program closest to them.

Michigan State University Extension is pleased to announce the Field Crops Pest Management Update Program Series for 2013. This year’s update program will include research and recommendation updates for weed, insect, disease and nematode control for field and forage crops grown in Michigan. Highlights will include discussions of seed treatments for nematode control, evaluating alfalfa stands ravaged by frost and drought in 2012, results from soybean sudden death syndrome and white mold research trials, and strategies for managing herbicide resistant weeds that are becoming more numerous all across Michigan.

MSU weed control specialist Christy Sprague will review changes in the MSU E-434 bulletin Weed Control Guide for Field Crops. MSU entomologist Christina DiFonzo will discuss western bean cutworm numbers seen in 2012, potential for soybean aphids in 2013 and what signs to watch for if rootworm resistance to Bt varieties is developing on your farm. MSU Extension wheat educator Martin Nagelkirk will discuss fungicide usage for disease control and wheat trial results for 2012. MSU fertility specialist Kurt Steinke will discuss research results for 2012 and talk about fertilizer strategies for the upcoming growing season.

RUP and CCA Credits will be offered at these programs. Join us to tune up your pest management skills for 2013 and beyond.

This year’s 2013 program schedule:

Jan. 29 - Shifter’s Restaurant
3130 W. Monroe, Alma, Mich. (view map)

Jan. 31 - Van Buren ISD Conference Center
490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence Mich. (view map)

Feb. 8 - Ubly Heights Country Club
2409 E. Atwater Rd., Ubly, Mich. (view map)

Feb. 11 - Mason Technology Center
474 S. Onondaga Rd., Mason, Mich. (view map)

Feb. 1 2- Lapeer County Ed-Tech Center
690 Lake Pleasant Rd., Attica, Mich. (view map)

Registration is $40 per person and includes the cost for the 2013 MSU Weed Control Guide for Field Crops. The registration deadline is seven days prior to the meeting date. Meals and space cannot be guaranteed for those who do not register in advance.

Register online or by mail. If you wish to register by mail, make checks payable to Michigan State University and send registration and payment to:

ANR Communications Event Services
Agriculture Hall Room
446 West Circle Drive Room 312
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

For more information, contact the Van Buren County MSU Extension office at 269-657-8213.

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