Natural Resources

4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education

Fruit & Nuts

Department of Community Sustainability


  • 2013 Michigan Wheat College at MSU

    Michigan wheat growers returned to the classroom for a one-day Wheat College at MSU where topics such as uniformity,planting depths and rates, nitrogen management, headcount evaluation, and disease and insect management were explored.

  • Linda Hanson

    Linda Hanson researches disease resistance to help growers reduce pesticide use and make managing their farm easier.

  • Addressing Phomopsis on blue spruce

    Researchers at W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest are studying the Phomopsis fungus and its devastating effects on Colorado Blue Spruce. Phomopsis is a disease of the branches, resulting in a loss of needles.

  • Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center Overview

    The Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center hosts research and programming on sugar beets, dry beans and wheat.

  • MSU and sustainable woody bioenergy production

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists at the MSU Forest Biomass Innovation Center are using willow and poplar hybrid production systems in an effort to lower production costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Combatting Colorado Potato Beetle

    Researchers at Montcalm Research Center are studying Michigan Potato's number one pest: Colorado Potato Beetles, which is resistant to several insecticides.

  • Developing second-generation biofuels

    Researchers at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station are investigating how to make cellulosic biofuel from variety of plants.

  • Multi-bay high tunnels: Protecting fruit crops

    MSU AgBioResearch scientists are studying raspberries, strawberries and blackberries using a relatively inexpensive multi-bay tunnel, which provides protection to crops during the growing season.

  • Using lures to combat Emerald Ash Borer

    Researchers at the W.K. Kellogg Experimental Forest are using purple panel detection traps in order to test various lures and chemicals that mimic ash trees.

  • Growing organic apples

    Growing organic apples in Michigan is a difficult thing to do. There are three major struggles: effective pest control for insects, diseases and weeds.

  • Monitoring dairy herds

    Researchers at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station are exploring the sustainable development of dairy farms, as well as the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, and social and behavioral activities of dairy cows.

  • Supporting Michigan's Christmas tree industry

    In response to producers' demands, scientists at Fred Russ Forest are producing high-quality, commercial volumes of Scotch Pine seeds for Christmas Tree growers in the state.

  • Developing environmentally friendly disease, pest management

    Field research investigates alternative methods using environmentally friendly tools for disease control. One such disease being leaf rust, which multiplies quickly under the right conditions.

  • Fred Russ Forest: An overview

    The Fred Russ Forest is a 44 acre hardwood study area with four treatments: a control plot, shelterwood, clear cut and group cut harvest.

  • Fanning the flames: Organic corn weed control

    Researchers from MSU AgBioResearch's W.K. Kellogg Biological Station are developing organic weed control strategies for corn growers. One strategy being the use of a flamer that eradicates weeds, but preserves corn.

  • Exploring alternative, carbon-neutral energy

    Michigan State University researchers are off-setting the use of coal by employing a carbon-neutral energy source: thinning chips.

  • A Maize of hybrids

    AgBioResearch scientists are conducting corn hybrid trials across the state in 19 locations, running 14 grain trials and 11 silage trials. All told, with 346 hybrids grown, an amazing amount of information is provided to growers.

  • Supporting Michigan's maple syrup industry

    Researchers at the W. K. Kellogg Experimental Forest are working to improve sap sugar content in sugar maple trees. Identifying high-sugar planting stock will help Michigan maple syrup producers be more competitive in the marketplace.

  • Thinning Thickens the Plot

    About eight years ago, researchers at the Dunbar Forest Research Center started a new red pine plantation. The key to getting red pine well-established here is to get it planted in dry areas.

  • Enhancing Potato-Production Strategies

    Researchers at Montcalm Research Center conduct in-depth field, nutrient-management and production strategy research for Michigan potato growers.