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  • Agriculture

    MSU Extension works to increase farmers’ success while protecting the environment, ensuring food safety, reaching new markets and advancing agriculture through applied research. Agriculture is now one of the fastest growing sectors of the Michigan economy.


  • 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.

  • Industrial Hemp 2019

    Published on August 14, 2019

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for August 15, 2019, focused on industrial hemp, presented by Kurt Thelen, MSU agronomist.

  • 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.

  • 2020 Field Day - New wheat varieties for Michigan farmers

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Dr. Eric Olson talks about his wheat breeding program and provides a "sneak preview" of new wheat varieties on the horizon. Olson discusses the advantages and differences in Jupiter, Harbor, Moonlight and other promising red and white winter wheat varieties on the horizon. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Summer Field Day.

  • Dry Bean Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day full show

    Published on August 19, 2020

    MSU researchers and extension personnel discuss the latest trends and findings in dry beans and sugar beets for the summer of 2020.

  • Tour of MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center

    We hear from Christian Kapp of the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI. The decision to accept or reject a load of grain for malting is a matter of critical importance no matter the size of the malthouse or the size of the farm.

  • 2020 Field Day - Regional wheat crop reports

    Published on June 15, 2020

    A series of speakers provide their perspective on how the 2020 Michigan wheat crop looks in their part of the state. Speakers include MSU Extension educators Ricardo Costa, Bob Battel, Martin Nagelkirk, Dennis Pennington, Paul Gross, Bruce MacKellar, Monica Jean and Christian Tollini. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Summer Field Day.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Marisol Quintanilla

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Marisol Quintanilla, an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Entomology, and Brian Levene, a research associate: This presentation covered various methods for managing soybean cyst nematodes such as testing, resistant varieties, cover crops, manure applications, trap crops and nematicides.

  • Industrial Hemp Production 101: Hemp Accounting and Business Considerations

    Published on October 16, 2019

    The webinar will cover how business owners can protect their current business and their new venture. Learn about the basics of accounting and tax compliance, workers comp, and crop insurance in the industrial hemp industry.

  • How to Submit Wheat Samples to MSU Plant & Pest Diagnostics

    Published on May 19, 2020

    If you are a wheat grower in Michigan and are wondering what is going on with your crop, take advantage of this amazing perk. You can send wheat samples to Michigan State University Plant & Pest Diagnostics and the Michigan Wheat Program will cover the lab fees!

  • Corn and Soybean Planting Conditions

    Published on April 22, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for April 22, 2021, focuses corn and soybean planting conditions, presented by Manni Singh, MSU cropping systems agronomist.

  • Viticulture Virtual Field Day featuring Rufus Isaacs and Jackie Perkins.

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Rufus Isaacs and Jackie Perkins are in the field to discuss invasive insect species and diseases affecting grapes.

  • 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.

  • 2020 Field Day - Start right to finish well with nutrient management of wheat

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Dr. Kurt Steinke talk about his research on the impacts of fertilizer application on winter wheat yield and profitability. Focus on what nutrients and plant growth regulator make a good starting line for soft red and white winter wheat. Discussion of soil testing before planting, impact of planting date. Secondary focus on nutrient benefits in wheat straw production. At the Michigan Wheat Program's 2020 "Virtual" Summer Field Day.

  • Late-Season Alfalfa Management

    Published on August 12, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 12, 2021, focuses on late-season alfalfa management, presented by Kim Cassida, MSU Extension forage specialist.

  • Getting Started with Chestnuts

    Published on May 12, 2021

    A primer on the Michigan chestnut industry from MSU Extension educator Erin Lizotte.

  • 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.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Grain Marketing

    Published on August 20, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for August 20, 2020, focuses on grain marketing, presented by Dr. Aleks Schaefer, MSU Agricultural and Food Policy. Following Dr. Schaefers’ presentation, MSU specialists give updates and answer questions on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Cover Crops After Wheat, What About Mixtures?

    Published on July 1, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on July 1, 2021, focuses on cover crops after wheat and mixtures, presented by Dean Baas, MSU Extension cover crop specialist.

  • 2020 Field Day - Roughstalk bluegrass in winter wheat: Should we be concerned?

    Published on June 15, 2020

    Dr. Christy Sprague, Professor in MSU's Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, talks about the problems that the Roughstalk Bluegrass causes in Michigan wheat and how it may be managed. At the 2020 Virtual Field Day sponsored by the Michigan Wheat Program.