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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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Viticulture Virtual Field Day featuring Paolo Sabbatini

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Paolo Sabbatini is looking for ways to manage grape vine canopy.

  • Drainage Design Considerations

    Published on July 9, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly discussion for July 9, 2020, focuses on drainage design considerations, presented by Ehsan Ghane, MSU agricultural drainage specialist. Following Ghane’s presentation, MSU specialists give updates on insect pests and diseases and current conditions.

  • Mid-summer Insect Update

    Published on August 5, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on Aug. 5, 2021, focuses on a mid-summer insect update, presented by Christina DiFonzo, MSU Extension field crops entomology specialist.

  • Dry Bean Considerations

    Published on May 27, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on May 27, 2021, focuses on dry bean considerations, presented by Scott Bales, MSU dry bean specialist.

  • 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.

  • Meeting 8 - Grains for Brewing and Distilling Virtual Happy Hour

    This week's topic: Spring Barley varieties with Dr. James DeDecker, director of the the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan. Alison Babb, founder and maltstress at Empire Malting Company, shared her experiences as well, along with lively banter and discussion.

  • 2021 Farm Bill Program & Crop Insurance Decision Webinar

    Published on February 3, 2021

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

  • Assessing Frost Damage in Soybeans

    Published on May 21, 2020

    Michigan State University Extension field crops educator Ricardo Costa shares how to assess soybeans after a frost.

  • Meeting 5 - Grains for Brewing and Distilling Virtual Happy Hour

    Session 5 was about disease management, Fusarium Head Blight and others affecting small grains, with Dr. Martin Chilvers and Tara Watkins of the Michigan State University Field Crops Pathology Lab. We were also joined by agronomist and certified seed producer, Carl Wagner III of C3 Seeds in Niles, Michigan.

  • Better Irrigation Management Through Monitoring & Scheduling

    Published on June 3, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 3, 2021, focuses on better irrigation management through monitoring and scheduling, presented by Younsuk Dong, MSU irrigation specialist.

  • Cercospora Leaf Spot Outlook for Sugarbeets

    Published on June 24, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 24, 2021, focuses on Cercospora leaf spot in sugabeets, presented by Jaime Willbur, MSU assistant professor.

  • 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.

  • Wheat: Can Variety Selection Based on Plant Architecture Improve Yields?

    Published on June 8, 2020

    Michigan State University research is looking at yield response to different wheat varieties and seeding rates.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Jaime Willbur

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Jaime Willbur and her graduate students provide an update on two ongoing research projects, inoculum reduction in sugar beets and early season detection of cercospora.

  • Industrial Hemp Production 101: Considerations for Hemp production

    Published on October 16, 2019

    During the final webinar in the series, Dr. Justice will provide information for those considering changing from ornamental production to industrial hemp production, its potential profits, and yields.

  • 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.

  • Forage Management & Supply in a Drought

    Published on June 17, 2021

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast on June 17, 2021, focuses on forage management and supply in a drought, presented by Kim Cassida, MSU forage specialist.

  • Dry Bean & Sugar Beet Virtual Field Day - Kurt Steinke on Sugar Beets

    Published on August 19, 2020

    Kurt Steinke talks about optimal rates of N in sugar beets for 2020.