Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 24 to focus on Cercospora leaf spot outlook for sugarbeets

Cercospora leaf spot is a fungal disease that is favored by warmer temperatures (75-95 degrees Fahrenheit) and high humidity.

Cercospora leaf spot on sugarbeet (left) and magnified spot with spores (right). Photos by Alex Hernandez (left photo) and Jaime Willbur (right photo), MSU.
Cercospora leaf spots on sugarbeet. Photo by Jaime Willbur, MSU.

The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Thursday, June 24, 2021, will feature  Jaime Willbur, MSU potato and sugarbeet pathologist, as she discusses how the annual leaf spot epidemics continue to impact sugar beet crops in Michigan. Early detection and timely management practices can help reduce potential yield loss. Other information will include the current Cercospora leaf spot risk levels, fungicide recommendations and management considerations for 2021.

Daniel Bublitz, MSU sugar beet specialist, will also be available to answer any sugar beet concerns or questions. A weather update for the week will be provided by MSU agricultural climatologist Jeff Andresen, and there will be an opportunity for participants to have their questions answered.

Sign up for the free Field Crops Virtual Breakfast

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The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series are held every week during the growing season via Zoom video or phone conference. These virtual meetings will take place every Thursday morning from 7-7:30 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 23, 2021. There will be a 30-minute Q&A session following the presentations.

Participating is easy and free! You can join the live meeting via Zoom using a computer, tablet, mobile device or regular phone line. If you are new to Zoom, simply download the Zoom app and you will be ready to join online every week to see visuals shared by presenters. A call-in by phone option is also available but note that you will only hear the audio portion. 

Restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs are now available for attendees who attend the live meeting. 

Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast. You only need to do this once and you will receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number, as well as weekly reminders every Wednesday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time. 

Sign up for the free Field Crops Virtual Breakfast 

If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP and CCA credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension Field Crops Team social media platforms: FacebookSpotifyYouTubeApple Podcasts and Twitter

If you are unable to sign up online, call the Lapeer County MSU Extension office at 810-667-0341. 

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