MSU Extension Field Crops Webinar Series addresses profitable corn production on Feb. 15

The first session of the Field Crops Webinar Series on Feb. 15, 2021, will feature University of Wisconsin-Madison corn agronomist Joe Lauer.

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Field crop producers, consultants and agribusiness professionals are invited to participate in the Field Crops Webinar Series 2021, a series of six online programs addressing field crop production and pest management offered by Michigan State University Extension. The theme for this year's series is Management Decisions that Pay. Each session will focus on the economics of various crop, pest and marketing management strategies.

In the first session on Feb. 15, Joe Lauer, corn agronomy specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will focus on “Corn Yield Drivers and Profit Robbers in the Northern U.S. Corn Belt.” Profitable corn production is extremely important to Midwest U.S. agriculture. Farmers today face fluctuating prices and rising production costs. They must be well informed about new technologies to maximize yield and profitability.

This meeting is designed to provide technical insight and practical advice for key agronomic management decisions. Specific topics will focus on crop productivity, quality and production system efficiency. Hybrid selection, rotation, tillage and plant/replant and yield loss damage assessments will be addressed. Emphasis is on impacts of these cropping practices on grower profitability.

The live webinars will run on Monday evenings from 7-8 p.m. EST/EDT beginning Feb. 15 and ending March 22, 2021. Participants may choose to register for the entire series at $20 per person or for individual sessions at $5 per person per session.

Those who register for and attend the live webinars will be eligible to earn one MDARD pesticide recertification (RUP) credit per session for application to one of the following categories: Private Core, Commercial Core or Field Crops. One continuing education unit (CEU) for certified crop advisers will also be available for each session. Each webinar will be recorded and archived, and participants may choose to view the recordings at a later date (credits available only for participants in the live sessions).

To register for one or more webinar programs in the series, visit the Field Crops Webinar Series 2021 registration site. Prior to each webinar, registrants will receive an email containing a link to connect to the webinar. The webinars may be accessed on a mobile device or a computer with a stable internet connection—no other equipment is necessary.

For additional information or assistance, contact Eric Anderson at 269=359-0565 or

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