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  • Conversations in the Community with Shakara Tyler and Erin Preston-Johnson Bevel

    Published on March 25, 2021

    Hosted by Naim Edwards, MSU Extension. We speak with Shakara Tyler and Erin Preston-Johnson Bevel who are working with the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund to increase access to land for urban growing in the city of Detroit.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Grain Price Outlook and Marketing Strategies - Matt Gammans

    Published on March 22, 2021

    In the last session of the series, MSU agricultural economist Matthew Gammans focused on addressing grain price outlook and novel marketing strategies. He first went through the recent March USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, identifying the current supply and demand pressures driving global commodity markets. He then discussed novel and less conventional marketing approaches including organic, transitional, non-GMO and environmental certification programs, as well as custom contracts with food processors looking to procure grain grown using a specific set of practices.

  • Insects in the Garden with David Lowenstein

    Published on March 16, 2021

    David Lowenstein from MSU Extension helps us build better relationships with the insects that cohabitate in our garden and can be surprisingly helpful.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Crop Fertility - Kurt Steinke and Jon LaPorte

    Published on March 15, 2021

    In this fifth session, Kurt Steinke, MSU Extension field crop soil fertility specialist, and Jon LaPorte, MSU Extension farm management educator, focus on “Crop Fertility Decisions—When Less is More and When Less is Less.” Fertilizer is a critical part of a farm’s ability to reach yield goals and frequently one of the largest inputs in the cost of production. Balancing the pursuit of high yields and achieving farm profitability raises the question of how much fertilizer should be applied each year.

  • Conversations in the Community with Allan Whitley

    Published on March 8, 2021

    Allan Whitley from Root of the Vine Urban Garden shares about his work to broaden community gardening engagement in his neighborhood in Lansing. To learn more, check out ROTV’s Facebook page!

  • Field Crops Webinar - Weed Management - Christy Sprague and Erin Burns

    Published on March 8, 2021

    In the session on March 8, MSU Extension weed scientists Christy Sprague and Erin Burns focused on “Weed Control—Effective Options for Tough Weeds at Different Price Points.” Herbicides are the main component of many weed management programs in field crops. To reduce weed control costs, herbicide programs can be changed, although the cost of herbicides is relatively small compared to the economic cost and loss that can be caused by weeds.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Wheat Production - Dennis Pennington

    Published on March 1, 2021

    In this third session on March 1, 2021, MSU Extension wheat specialist Dennis Pennington focuses on "Improving Wheat Production Income." Even though commodity prices have rebounded recently, it is still important to understand your production cost and make management decisions accordingly. Higher prices should not be used as justification to increase input costs. This should be a time where costs are held so that improvement to cash flow can be made and short-term debt can be reduced. Each input should be evaluated from an economic potential, not just as yield potential.

  • Seed Saving with Shiloh Maples

    Published on February 26, 2021

    Shiloh Maples from the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network and the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance shares her wisdom and passion for cultivating relationships with our seed friends.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Soybean Production - Mike Staton

    Published on February 22, 2021

    In the second session on Feb. 22, MSU Extension soybean educator Mike Staton focuses on “Improving Soybean Production Income.” The average soybean price for the 2020-2021 marketing year is projected to be $11.15 per bushel. This is welcome news considering the average prices for the previous two years were below the breakeven price for most producers.

  • Seed Starting with Rebecca Krans

    Published on February 16, 2021

    Our first episode of Cabin Fever Conversations for 2021 featured MSU Extension's Rebecca Krans teaching us about seed starting.

  • Field Crops Webinar - Corn Production - Joe Lauer

    Published on February 15, 2021

    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.

  • Indigenous Community Gardening as Community-Building with Grant Gliniecki

    Published on February 12, 2021

    Learn about the work Grant Gliniecki and the Giitigan Gardens team been doing in Lansing focused on Indigenous community gardening.

  • 2021 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decision Webinar

    Published on February 3, 2021

    Recording of the 2021 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decisions Webinar

  • Industrial Hemp

    Published on September 10, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for September 10, 2020, focuses on industrial hemp, presented by Kurt Thelen, MSU cropping systems agronomist.

  • Planting Wheat, Building High Yield Potential

    Published on August 27, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for August 27, 2020, focuses on planting wheat and building high yield potential, presented by Dennis Pennington, MSU wheat specialist. Following Pennington’s presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Marty Chilvers

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Martin Chilvers, an associate professor in the MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences (PSM) and MSU Extension field crops pathologist, and graduate students Austin McCoy and Viviana Ortiz: The Chilvers lab conducts research to understand and improve management of diseases. This presentation provided an update on soybean disease management and current disease management trials.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Kurt Steinke

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Kurt Steinke, an associate professor in PSM and MSU Extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist, and Christian Terwillegar, a master’s student: Soybean producers continue to show interest in modifying nutrient applications to better capture and utilize nutrients for a potential yield response. However, questions continue to include what to do when soil test phosphorous and potassium are above critical levels and whether to utilize a starter fertilizer.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Full Show

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Full recording of the 2020 Soybean Virtual Field Day.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Manni Singh

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Maninder Singh, an assistant professor in PSM, and Tom Siler, a graduate research assistant: This session showed how various agronomic management decisions can be adjusted based on planting time in order to optimize soybean canopy development and maximize yield and profit.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Chris DiFonzo

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Chris DiFonzo, a professor in the MSU Department of Entomology and MSU Extension field crops entomologist: Growers often see insects feeding at the field edge in August. This presentation showed how insect defoliation should be measured in soybeans and discusses the rarity of levels high enough to spray in Michigan.