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  • Soil Health

    Soil health news, programming and other resources from MSU Extension.


  • Innovative Online Tools for Conservation

    Published on February 14, 2020
    Series 2 Episode 3: MSU Extension Educators Monica Jean, Sarah Fronzack and Erica Rogers sit down to discuss online tools and reflect on the difficulties related to manure management on farms.

  • Saving soil: a farmer's perspective on cover crops

    Published on November 26, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 5: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Dan Ritter, Farmer in the thumb of MIchigan , to discuss how cover crops work to save him money throu

  • One Canadian's Approach to Cover Crops

    Published on April 29, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 4 Episode 3: Monica Jean and Paul Gross, MSU Extension Field Crops Educators, sit down with Woody Van Arkel, Farmer from Ontario, CA, to discuss cover crops integration into his corn, soybeans, wheat and sugarbeet rotation.

  • In a Pickle with Specialty Crops and Cover Crops

    Published on April 21, 2020
    Series 4 Episode 2: Monica Jean and Paul Gross, MSU Extension Field Crops Educators, sit down with Nathan Clarke, farmer in Midland County, to discuss cover crops and conservation tillage practices with dry beans and pickles.

  • The Modern Day Cover Crop

    Published on January 10, 2020
    Series 1 Episode 5: MSU Extension Field Crops Educator, Monica Jean, sits down with Dean Baas, Sustainable Agriculture Educator, and Ricardo Costa, Field Crops Educator, to discuss the role cover crops should play in our rotations.

  • Tracking Turds: Finding the Source of Contamination in Watersheds

    Published on October 16, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 2: MSU Extension educators Erica Rogers and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Aaron Snell, owner of Streamside Ecological Services Inc., to discuss Ecoli tracking in watersheds to resolve community feces contamination issues.

  • Carbon Market Craz

    Published on April 2, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 7 Episode 3 : MSU Extension Educators Monica Jean and Corey Clark sit down with Dr. Matt Gammans, Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Environmental Economics at MSU, to discuss carbon markets and its impact on farming.

  • Rotation That's Anything but Boring

    Published on January 7, 2021
    In the Weeds Series 6 Episode 3: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Paul Gross sit down with Tim Boring, Farmer by Stockbridge, MI, to discuss how to incorporate in innovative practices like relay cropping.

  • Myth-busting Phosphorus in Your Fields

    Published on September 30, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 1: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sit down with Chad Penn, Research Soil Scientist with USDA-ARS, to discuss how phosphorus behaves in the field and how farming practices can influence its fate.

  • What does this cover crop do for my farm?

    Published on May 6, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 4 Episode 4: Monica Jean, MSU Extension Field Crops Educator, sit down with Dustin Mulock, Farmer from Ontario, CA, to discuss biofences, companion cropping and nutrient management with cover crops.

  • Don't treat manure like $h*t

    Published on December 10, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 6 Episode 1: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Paul Gross sits down with Glen Arnold, Manure Nutrient Management Systems Field Specialist with OSU, to discuss how to better utilize manure through improved application techniques.

  • Flushing phosphorus down the drain: tile lines and disoloved phosphorus

    Published on November 12, 2020
    In the Weeds Series 5 Episode 4: MSU Extension educators Monica Jean and Sarah Fronczak sits down with Merrin McCrae, Researcher at the Univeristy of Waterloo, to discuss phosphorus transport and how that interacts with tile lines, cover crops and more!

  • Mar 26

    Recipes for Forage Success - March 26

    March 26, 2020 6:30PM – 8:00PM Delta Co MSU Extension Office, 2840 College Avenue, Escanaba, MI 49829

    Educational meetings in three U.P. locations to address forage production, seed selection, recent MSU forage trials in U.P., and winter-feeding for soil fertility and health.

  • Mar 9

    Recipes for Forage Success - March 9

    March 9, 2020 6:30PM – 8:00PM Rudyard Township Hall, 18725 S. Mackinac Trail, Rudyard, MI 49780 

    Educational meetings in three U.P. locations to address forage production, seed selection, recent MSU forage trials in U.P., and winter-feeding for soil fertility and health.

  • Oct 22

    Voices of Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series: Part II

    October 22, 2021 11:00AM – 12:30PM ET Online

    Voices of Sustainable Agriculture explores a range of topics and perspectives on sustainable agriculture. Hear from farmers, educators, and researchers in this special virtual series.

  • Apr 6

    CANCELED: Recipes for Forage Success - April 6

    April 6, 2020 6:30PM – 8:00PM Mass City Community Center, 1502 Mass Avenue, Mass City, MI 49948

    Educational meetings in three U.P. locations to address forage production, seed selection, recent MSU forage trials in U.P., and winter-feeding for soil fertility and health.

  • Irrigation Webinar - Session 1, July 7

    Published on July 9, 2021

    View the recording from the July 7 Irrigation Webinar Series. Hear more about irrigation scheduling, planning irrigation systems, the opportunity to produce annual forage crop under irrigation and irrigated crop nitrogen management in a year with too much and too little water.

  • Field Crops Virtual Breakfast: Dealing with Tough Soil Conditions

    Published on April 16, 2020

    The MSU Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast weekly topic for April 16, 2020, focused on dealing with tough soil conditions, presented by Dr. Tim Harrigan, MSU Department of Agricultural Engineering.

  • Innovative Cropping Systems Virtual Field Day - Hasenick Brothers Farm

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Footage from our live Cropping System Resilience Virtual Field Day with Tim Boring and Drew Hasenick, on July 31 at 9am EST.

  • PLFA Webinar

    Published on April 5, 2021

    Phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) test, which measures the biomass of the microbes in the soil, is one of the tests that is currently being conducted to determine the microbial population of soil. To understand the PLFA test, the MSU Extension Field Crops Team invited Donna Brandt, Research Specialist with Missouri’s Soil Health Assessment Center, to give a short presentation on soil health, PLFA analysis, and how to interpret a soil health report.