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FAQ regarding new Worker Protection Standards changes

January 17, 2017 | Heidi Lindberg | Frequently asked questions regarding the new Worker Protection Standards requirements for medical evaluations and fit testing for respirator use.

Pesticide manual review and exam in Eaton County set for March 8

January 16, 2017 | George Silva | The pesticide manual review session is a helpful training exercise for the MDARD certification exam to become licensed applicators.

Are you ready for changes in the Worker Protection Standards?

January 12, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Training programs help growers comply with changes to the Worker Protection Standards.

Handy Bt Trait Table for U.S. corn production updated for 2017

January 12, 2017 | Christina DiFonzo | Corn growers can use the 2017 BT Trait Table to keep track of Bt corn traits, efficacy and refuge requirements.

Paper mill residuals: Free soil amendment available to Upper Peninsula farmers

January 11, 2017 | Monica Jean | Paper mill residuals, or “sludge,” are a soil amendment available to farmers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Paper mills are located in Dickinson, Delta and Menominee counties.

Beginning Farmer webinar to address maple syrup production

January 6, 2017 | Bob Battel | Participants will gain an overview of what it takes to produce and market quality maple products.

Barley grower survey launched

January 5, 2017 | Ashley McFarland | As interest grows for malting barley, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension researchers at UPREC are striving to address needs including variety suitability, disease and pest management, and fertility recommendations.

Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Program on Feb. 6, 2017

January 3, 2017 | Mike Staton | New research results and recommendations for managing irrigated corn and soybeans will be presented at program in Shipshewana, Indiana.

Midwest Cover Crops Council website gets new user-friendly mobile design

January 3, 2017 | Dean Baas | Michigan and Midwest cover crop information is now easier to access.

Midwest Cover Crop Council Annual Meeting hosted this spring in Michigan

January 3, 2017 | Dean Baas | Michigan State University Extension is hosting the 2017 Midwest Cover Crops Council Annual Meeting on March 14-15, 2017, in Grand Rapids.

Manure provides plant nutrients, but not always at book value

December 29, 2016 | Jim Isleib | The plant nutrient content of manure depends on animal species, feeding program, storage facilities and other factors.

Pros and cons of granular and liquid fertilizers

December 29, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Theoretically, plants can’t tell the difference between nutrients supplied by the granular and liquid fertilizers, but they both have advantages depending on the farming application.

2017 SMaRT soybean on-farm research meetings

December 27, 2016 | Mike Staton | Results from 2016 Soybean Management and Research Technologies (SMaRT) on-farm research projects will be presented at five programs in January and February.

Selecting soybean varieties for 2017

December 27, 2016 | Mike Staton | Maximize farm income by selecting high-yielding and pest-resistant soybean varieties.

Year-end fertilizer prices in 2016

December 27, 2016 | George Silva | The 2016 year-end retail prices of all major fertilizers were substantially lower compared to prices in the two previous years, according to USDA statistics.

Getting veterans involved in agriculture

December 27, 2016 | Monica Jean | The Agriculture for Tomorrow Conference on March 7 in Escanaba will offer free registration to three Upper Peninsula veterans interested in farming as a career.

Updating Michigan irrigators

December 23, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Six area meeting hosted by Agri-business provides irrigation update for Michigan irrigators.

Field Crops Webinar Series offers pesticide applicator recertification credits online

December 19, 2016 | James DeDecker | Pesticide applicators in Michigan can now keep their certifications current with minimal investment in time and travel.

2016 northeast Michigan dry bean variety trial results

December 19, 2016 | James DeDecker | MSU Extension and ADM Edible Bean partnered to test eight dry bean varieties in an on-farm observation trial.

2016 northeast Michigan freshpack potato variety trial results

December 19, 2016 | James DeDecker | MSU Extension and the Michigan Potato Industry Commission partnered to test 54 potato varieties in an on-farm trial.

Corn stalk nitrate results in southwest Michigan fields in 2016

December 16, 2016 | Eric Anderson | Test stalk nitrate levels at the end of the season to measure the adequacy of nitrogen fertility in corn.

2017 Field Crops Webinar Series starts Feb. 13

December 16, 2016 | James DeDecker | Participate in a series of seven online programs addressing field crop production and pest management on Monday evenings, Feb. 13–March 27, 2017.

Registration now open for the 2017 Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference

December 16, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Brewers Guild are pleased to announce that registration for the third annual Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference is now open. This event will take place March 2-3, 2017, in Detroit.

Pest and crop management update for field crop producers and agronomists

December 15, 2016 | Mike Staton | The latest research results and recommendations for managing field crops will be presented at five educational programs in 2017.

Preliminary data from the 2016 malting barley trials is now available

December 15, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | Drought stress through much of the state impacted yields, but overall, disease pressure and pre-harvest sprout were down.

2016 Soybean Management and Research Technology On-farm Research Report is available

December 15, 2016 | Mike Staton | Download the results from 10 different on-farm research projects conducted by the SMaRT (Soybean Management and Research Technology) project in 2016.

Options for managing winter manure nutrients on Michigan beef farms

December 15, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Depending on weather, available equipment and labor, beef farmers can choose the system that fits best.

Final call for 2016 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Dec. 20

December 14, 2016 | George Silva | The 2016 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update will highlight new threats, MAEAP verification program and year-end certification credits.

End-of-season cornstalk nitrate N test signifying a below average year

December 6, 2016 | George Silva | The average end-of-season cornstalk nitrate N level in 2016 was 1,240 ppm, below the averages of previous years. Some caution is needed in the test interpretation under adverse growing conditions.

Working with the grain

December 5, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | The only authentic working Dutch windmill outside of the Netherlands strives to be more than just a tourist attraction.

Dry bean tour will give institutional buyers a behind-the-scenes look at Michigan beans

December 5, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | Institutional stakeholders will get a first-hand glimpse at the Michigan dry bean supply chain.

Nine compelling reasons to attend the 2016 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update

November 28, 2016 | George Silva | The Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update for Agribusiness on Dec. 20, 2016, will feature 2017 crop and pest recommendations, on-farm research data and pesticide certification credits.

The 2017 National Ag Day annual photo contest deadline is quickly approaching

November 22, 2016 | Mary Dunckel | Michigan State University Extension encourages college students to participate in the fifth annual National Ag Day photo contest by submitting an original photo representative of this year’s theme “Agriculture: Food for Life”.

Combing through Michigan’s pollinator planning efforts

November 21, 2016 | Meghan Milbrath | Why are so many Michigan pollinator planning efforts being developed? Let’s take a closer look at three programs and plans currently forming.

What is a fair farmland rental rate?

November 21, 2016 | Paul Gross | Learn more about establishing fair rental rates with declining commodity prices at upcoming Farmland Rent and Rental Meetings for Landlords and Farmers.

Conservation programs help reduce erosion and protect water quality

November 16, 2016 | Shelby Burlew | Financial assistance is available to Michigan farmers and land owners for a variety of NRCS conservation programs. The deadline is December 16, 2016.

Soil calcium-to-magnesium ratios should not concern most farmers

November 14, 2016 | Jim Isleib | If soil calcium and magnesium levels are adequate and soil pH is acceptable, variations in the calcium-to-magnesium ratio between 2 and 8 have been shown to have no influence on crop yield.

Pollination Forum will shine a spotlight on issues facing pollinators

November 11, 2016 | Meghan Milbrath | Join us Nov. 28, 2016, for the latest information on issues facing bees and the solutions being developed to support crop pollination.

Thumb Ag Reviews offer research results to field crop growers

November 10, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Five locations in December 2016 will provide learning opportunities for farmers and agribusinesses.

Aronia berries

November 10, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Another superfruit for midwest growers?

New webinar series for beginning farmers will begin January 2017

November 10, 2016 | Jim Isleib | The Beginning Farmer Webinar Series generated new farm businesses and employment opportunities. A new series will begin Jan. 30, 2017.

Heroes to Hives: A new program to support veterans in beekeeping

November 9, 2016 | Meghan Milbrath | Heroes to Hives aims to support military veterans by teaching the profession of beekeeping. Applications to attend the program can be submitted through Dec. 15, 2016.

Fall fertilizer practices following a drought season

November 8, 2016 | George Silva | Fall is a good time to adapt fertilizer best practices following a drought year.

Evaluating seedling wheat stands

November 4, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Walking fields of young wheat stands can help critique a grain drill’s performance and settings.

2017 Great Lakes Hop & Barley Conference sponsor and vendor reservations are now being accepted

November 4, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Sign up soon, only a limited number of sponsorships and vendor spaces are available.

Challenges to feeding the seven billion and beyond – Part 5: GFSI and prospects for improvement

November 3, 2016 | George Silva | Low to middle income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia are the most vulnerable to food insecurity. Several priorities to enhance the long-term food security in this region have been suggested.

Commodity markets present challenges for farmers in 2017

November 3, 2016 | Paul Gross | Marketing series offers strategies to optimize farm profitability.

Last chance to receive pesticide recertification credits from the IPM Academy Online

November 2, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Up to five commercial or private core pesticide recertification credits are available for Michigan applicators until Dec. 31, 2016. No registration or fees required.

Hop producers encouraged to compete for the 2016 Cascade Cup

November 2, 2016 | Robert Sirrine | The Hop Quality Group recently announced the 5th Annual Cascade Cup

Five easy steps to becoming a Breakfast on the Farm host

November 2, 2016 | Mary Dunckel | If you are considering hosting a Breakfast on the Farm event on your farm, Michigan State University Extension is here with guidance and support.

Remote pilot in command certification for commercial drone operators

October 20, 2016 | George Silva | Landmark changes to the small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) rule provide an easier path for commercial drone operators to secure FAA certification.

2016 Upper Peninsula potato variety trial results

October 18, 2016 | Monica Jean | After a successful growing season, the 2016 Upper Peninsula potato trial results are in, accounting for 32 different varieties. The top six are noted.

Summary of Upper Peninsula field crop production for 2016

October 18, 2016 | Monica Jean | Michigan’s Upper Peninsula reported adequate field crop yields despite a dry July and wet fall.

Enterprise budgets for hops now available

October 17, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Considering growing hops? Ensure your business model is sustainable.

Spartan barley on tap

October 17, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | The long-awaited Spartan barley will soon be featured at New Holland’s Pub in Holland, Mich.

Lessons learned from cover crop usage in the Upper Peninsula

October 14, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | Do fall-established cover crops impact corn silage yields?

Second year hay fertilizer and lime demonstration in Chippewa County

October 14, 2016 | Jim Isleib | On-farm demonstration looks at second year carry-over effect of single year fertilization versus repeat fertilization in second year.

Taking a close look at soil profiles helps understand soil health concepts

October 12, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Upper Peninsula farmers take part in soil productivity on-farm field days to better understand soil health and learn from one another.

Post-harvest hopyard irrigation

October 11, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | The importance of post-harvest irrigation and irrigation maintenance.

MSU Extension Breakfast on the Farm organizers looking for 2017 host farm families

October 10, 2016 | Mary Dunckel | In Michigan, Breakfast on the Farm began in 2009 when Tony and Patti Jandernoa, Dutch Meadows Dairy, offered to host the first event in Clinton County. Since then, 34 other farm families have hosted events all over Michigan.

Only you can prevent combine fires

October 7, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Putting a fire plan in place can keep a busy harvest season from going up in smoke.

Efficacy of Cry1F trait on western bean cutworm

October 6, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | Entomologists in the Great Lakes region address the issue of efficacy of the Cry1F trait on western bean cutworm with an open letter.

Forage and cover crop field day near Harrison this October

October 5, 2016 | Kable Thurlow | Attendees of the Oct. 19 field day will hear about soil health, grazing of cover crop forages and water quality.

Recommendations for harvesting lodged soybeans

October 3, 2016 | Mike Staton | Specific recommendations for reducing losses and improving efficiency when harvesting lodged soybeans.

Soybean sudden death syndrome spreading, now confirmed in Livingston County

September 30, 2016 | Martin Chilvers | Soybean sudden death syndrome continues to spread in Michigan and was confirmed in 2016 for the first time in Livingston County.

USDA offers share dollars for organic certification

September 30, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Producers who paid for organic certification are eligible for reimbursement through MDARD.

Collecting accurate yield monitor data

September 29, 2016 | Dennis Pennington | There are many benefits from collecting yield data. Take the time to calibrate your monitor properly.

Yield monitor calibration procedure

September 29, 2016 | Dennis Pennington | Accurate calibration yields accurate data. Take time to calibrate your yield monitor as you start harvest.

Post-harvest hopyard management

September 28, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | With the 2016 harvest complete, many growers are thinking about preparing their hopyards for winter.

USA Hops announces food safety program

September 28, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Voluntary self-certification program recommended for all commercial hop producers.

Corn tar spot found in Michigan

September 27, 2016 | Martin Chilvers | Corn tar spot was recently discovered in Michigan for the first time. Growers should keep an eye out for this new disease as we approach harvest.

End of season cornstalk nitrate test in a drought year

September 26, 2016 | George Silva | The end of season cornstalk test is a useful diagnostic tool that provides an overall assessment of nitrogen (N) fertilizer practices during the current year.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for Sept. 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Nymph and adult trap counts continue climbing, especially in the southwest and Fruit Ridge production areas. Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting.

Brown marmorated stink bugs are moving into Michigan homes again

September 22, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | What they are, why stink bugs are entering houses, and what you can do about them.

Challenges to feeding the seven billion and beyond – Part 4: Global Food Security Index

September 22, 2016 | George Silva | The 2016 Global Food Security Index reports most countries made modest improvements in the past five years. Long-term threats need to be addressed to sustain this progress.

American Hop Convention: Mark your calendars

September 21, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | The 61st Annual Hop Convention is slated for Jan.18-20, 2017.

2016 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update for Agribusiness set for Dec. 20

September 19, 2016 | George Silva | The Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update for Agribusiness will highlight new threats and 2017 MSU recommendations.

Determining soil infiltration rate

September 19, 2016 | Christina Curell | Simple steps to determine soil infiltration rate.

Choosing a cover crop for potato production

September 19, 2016 | Monica Jean | Incorporating a cover crop into commercially grown potatoes could help with soil health and pest pressures. Research is being conducted in Michigan's northern Lower and Upper Peninsulas.

Beer, hard cider and wines new to Making it in Michigan Marketplace Trade Show

September 16, 2016 | Joanne Davidhizar | Michigan beer, hard cider, and wine producers are invited to exhibit at the MSU Product Center Making it in Michigan Trade Show for the first time ever.

Fall wheat stripe rust management considerations

September 13, 2016 | Dennis Pennington | As wheat fall planting nears, growers should review wheat stripe rust biology and management.

2016 Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day has been rescheduled

September 13, 2016 | Mike Staton | The Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 27, due to delayed crop development.

Above normal temperatures accelerate corn development

September 13, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Michigan’s 2016 corn crop is maturing ahead of schedule in spite of the late start.

Managed Pollination Protection Plan meetings are gathering important feedback

September 13, 2016 | Sarah Scott | Stakeholders gave their input on developing Michigan’s Managed Pollinator Protection Plan at recent listening sessions. More meetings are available to attend.

2016 Grazing School

September 12, 2016 | Kable Thurlow | Grazing School aims to provide information and hands on experiences for those interested in initiating or improving their grazing management.

New attendance record set at the August 27 Breakfast on the Farm at Hartland Farms

September 8, 2016 | Mary Dunckel | With cars as far as one could see, a new attendance record was set at the 35th Michigan State University Extension Breakfast on the Farm event.

Virus visible in Michigan hopyards

September 8, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Under current environmental conditions, symptoms of virus in hopyards have become visible.

Harvesting soybeans with green stems

September 8, 2016 | Mike Staton | Reduce shatter losses and plugging problems associated with green stems in soybeans.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for Sept. 7, 2016

September 7, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | There was an uptick in brown marmorated stink bug nymphs and adults caught in traps this week. Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting this season.

Planting the 2017 winter wheat crop

September 7, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Profitable wheat production begins with timely planting and practices that help insure a uniform population of seedlings this fall.

Bacterial leaf streak of corn: New disease confirmed in the U.S.

September 2, 2016 | Martin Chilvers | If you suspect bacterial leaf streak (Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum) in your Michigan corn, send samples to MSU Diagnostic Services.

Hop harvest 2016

August 31, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Lab analysis of hop samples is the best way to determine optimum harvest date.

End of season irrigation decisions

August 31, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Late August and early September rain often make late season irrigation decision easy.

Corn ear rots and mycotoxins

August 29, 2016 | Martin Chilvers | Now is the time to begin scouting for corn ear molds. New corn disease management guides are available.

Veterans invited to Fall Conservation Update and Plot Tour on Sept. 8

August 29, 2016 | George Silva | Helpful resources for veterans aspiring to farm or seek food system-based careers will be discussed at the 2016 Fall Conservation Update.

Southwest Michigan field crop regional report – August 26, 2016

August 29, 2016 | Eric Anderson | Recent precipitation has improved the crop outlook, but diligent pest scouting continues to be important as crops approach maturity.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for Aug. 26, 2016

August 26, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.

Check corn now for western bean cutworm damage before harvest

August 26, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | Alert! There have been numerous reports of high western bean cutworm infestations and damage in south and central Michigan, including in Bt corn hybrids.

MSU Extension’s Breakfast on the Farm program tops 75,000 visitors

August 24, 2016 | Mary Dunckel | It rained and rained, but that didn’t keep visitors from attending Breakfast on the Farm in Tuscola County.

Grow your own hops with tips from Michigan Fresh

August 24, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | Michigan State University Extension’s Michigan Fresh fact sheet on Growing Hops provides advice for budding growers.

Livestock poisoning possible from wilting black (wild) cherry leaves

August 23, 2016 | Bruce MacKellar | Storm-damaged wild cherry trees could pose threat to livestock grazing in pastures.

ABC’s Good Morning America features Michigan cherry and hop production

August 23, 2016 | Emily Pochubay | The latest episode of ABC’s Food Forecast with Ginger Zee showcases why northwest Michigan is ideal for cherry and hop production and how recent variable weather has impacted growers.

Michigan Managed Pollinator Protection Plan listening sessions

August 23, 2016 | Meghan Milbrath | Beekeepers, growers and others interested in the health of honey bees are invited to listening sessions to discuss pesticide use and bees.

RESCHEDULED 2016 Soybean harvest equipment field day on Sept. 16

August 22, 2016 | Mike Staton | Participants at the soybean harvest equipment field day will learn about management practices and equipment that will help reduce soybean harvest losses this fall.

When am I farming, and when am I excavating?

August 22, 2016 | Jim Isleib | There are many underground pipelines delivering natural gas and hazardous liquids on many farms in Michigan. Any farm activity involving soil depth greater than 12 inches should be preceded by an “811 call.”

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for Aug. 19, 2016

August 19, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.

Soil nitrate-N availability on corn fields following various previous crops

August 19, 2016 | Eric Anderson | Manured fields are good candidates for pre-sidedress soil nitrate tests (PSNT), but nitrogen (N) credit following legume crops is unpredictable and will likely depend on the stand density and timely termination.

Oat and pea forage combinations

August 18, 2016 | Jim Isleib | The maturity of forage pea and oat varieties, relative to each other, makes a difference in the final quality of harvested forage.

Fall armyworm has arrived in Michigan corn

August 18, 2016 | Marissa Schuh | Fall armyworm can damage the leaves and ears of late-season sweet corn.

Southwest Michigan field crop regional report – August 16, 2016

August 16, 2016 | Eric Anderson | Dry conditions have taken their toll on crop growth and paved the way for a surge in certain pest populations, but recent rains may help turn things around.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for Aug. 12, 2016

August 12, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | With first detection of brown marmorated stink bug nymphs occurring this season in southwest Michigan, fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for nymphs.

How well do you manage nitrogen in your soil?

August 12, 2016 | Lauren Scott | Expert Pete Scharf talks about the importance of nitrogen in preparation for MSU Agriculture Innovation Day.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 | James DeDecker | A month of above-normal temperatures and almost no measurable precipitation has intensified moisture stress in most crops across northeast Michigan.

Drought conditions taking a toll on Michigan’s field crops

August 11, 2016 | Bruce MacKellar | Deepening drought conditions and adequate moisture in the western Corn Belt may cause a “double whammy” for some Michigan growers in 2016.

Lace bugs on ornamentals in the nursery

August 11, 2016 | Tom Dudek | Lace bugs are being found on a variety of herbaceous perennials. Scouting tips, biology and control measures will help nursery growers deal with this sporadic pest.

Southeast Michigan vegetable regional report – August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016 | Marissa Schuh | New pests appear as harvest season ramps up.

West central Michigan small fruit regional report – August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) high population density, overripe fruit and adverse weather conditions are causing SWD control failures and an increment of fruit infestations in blueberries.

What is that black aphid on my chrysanthemum?

August 9, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Greenhouse growers should be scouting their mums for chrysanthemum aphids now.

East Michigan fruit regional report – August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Drought conditions continue at most farms. Harvest continues for peaches, summer apples, plums, blueberries, blackberries and fall raspberries.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016 | Mark Longstroth | Late-season pests are flying. Peach volumes are increasing during the harvest of mid-season varieties. Blueberry harvest is winding down.

Southwest Michigan grape scouting report – August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Veraison is beginning while young vines experience drought stress. A fourth generation of grape berry moth is predicted this year.

Nutrient Management Update and Plot Tour features cutting edge research

August 9, 2016 | George Silva | Join us Sept. 8, 2016, to learn about MSU’s applied agronomic research projects addressing emerging issues while growing field crops such as soil health and environmental stewardship.

EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board issues ruling on flubendiamide

August 9, 2016 | John Wise | EPA upholds decision to cancel registration for the insecticide flubendiamide. Growers already in possession of flubendiamide-containing products should use them this growing season if possible.

Soil nitrate-N variability on corn fields with repeated manure practices

August 8, 2016 | George Silva | A summary of the 2016 pre-sidedress soil nitrate tests (PSNT) indicates PSNT is a useful nitrogen management tool on corn fields with repeated manure practices.

Time to collect weed samples for resistance screening is almost here

August 8, 2016 | Erin Hill | Look for mature seeds before submitting weed samples for herbicide resistance screening.

Is GroupGAP an option for your farm?

August 8, 2016 | Phil Tocco | With GroupGAP, growers can get certified under the same GAP Certification, a fit for some groups of growers. Check these significant considerations first.

What we know today about organic food

August 8, 2016 | Randy Bell | Confusion continues among consumers regarding what “organic” means.

Post-harvest wash water management for shelf life and food safety

August 8, 2016 | Phil Tocco | Washing fruits and vegetables properly in a dunk tank or hydrocooler can help extend shelf life and improve food safety. Improper washing increases the risk of a small food safety problem becoming a big one.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for Aug. 5, 2016

August 5, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | First detection of brown marmorated stink bug nymphs this season in southwest Michigan; fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for nymphs.

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for Aug. 5, 2016

August 5, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Trap catches continue to remain high, especially near untreated plantings. High risk of infestation continues to be expected; susceptible crops must be protected.

Potential production challenges with ornamental cabbage and kale

August 3, 2016 | Roberto Lopez | Be prepared this season by recognizing some of the common ornamental cabbage and kale disorders and pests.

2016 Breakfast on the Farm hosts are ready for company

August 3, 2016 | Mary Dunckel | This summer, Breakfast on the Farm features two farm families committed to showing the public where their food comes from. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Zwerk and Sons Farms in Tuscola County and Hartland Farms in Lenawee County.

East Michigan vegetable regional report – August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Everything is being harvested except fall market crops.

Southeast Michigan vegetable regional report – August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016 | Marissa Schuh | Despite the season’s dry conditions, harvest continues for many vegetables in our region.

West central Michigan vegetable regional report – August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016 | Ben Werling | Home gardeners can help our pickle growers by keeping an eye out for cucurbit downy mildew.

Lenawee County dairy farm to host this summer’s last Breakfast on the Farm event Aug. 27

August 3, 2016 | Ellen Grimes | Come to Hartland Farms for the last Breakfast on the Farm event of the year. Join us for a delicious breakfast, and learn how Michigan farms work hard to bring safe, nutritious food to our tables.

Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016 | Ron Goldy | This is the week vine crop plantings could be at risk for downy mildew.

West central Michigan small fruit regional report – August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Overripe fruit and labor shortage for hand-harvest may increase the risk of spotted wing Drosophila fruit infestations in blueberries.

Northwest Michigan fruit regional report – August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016 | Emily Pochubay | Spotted wing Drosophila numbers rose drastically in the last week. In apples, codling moth management is underway and a few apple maggots have emerged.

Michigan Bull Evaluation Program begins 29th year

August 2, 2016 | Kevin Gould, Dr. Dan Buskirk | Nominations for this year's Bull Evaluation Program have been announced.

CDT Vaccinations for sheep and goats

August 2, 2016 | Mike Metzger | Sheep and goats can be vaccinated for many different diseases, but there is only one universally-recommended vaccine, and it is the CDT or overeating and tetanus vaccination.

East Michigan fruit regional report – August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Weekend precipitation came to a few farms, but drought conditions continue at most. Last week saw first trap catch of brown marmorated stink bug. Red Haven peach harvest started over the weekend for southern growers.

East Michigan fruit regional report – August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Weekend precipitation came to a few farms, but drought conditions continue at most. Last week saw first trap catch of brown marmorated stink bug. Red Haven peach harvest started over the weekend for southern growers.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016 | Bill Shane | Veraison is starting in grapes. Many late-season pests are flying. Blueberry, peach and plum harvest continues.

August field day in Hillsdale County to feature nutrient management and conservation practices

August 2, 2016 | Shelby Burlew | Rain or shine, join us for a day in the field! A field day for livestock producers and field crop farmers who utilize commercial fertilizer or manure in their crop nutrient program.

Western bean cutworm peak flight is occurring in dry beans

August 2, 2016 | Fred Springborn | Begin scouting central and northern Michigan dry beans for western bean cutworms.

MSU’s 2016 wheat variety performance results are available

August 2, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | The Michigan State University Wheat Performance report is now available, providing invaluable information for variety selection and management.

Soybeans at R-3 benefit from ample water

August 2, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Soybeans irrigation at reproductive stage R-3 has the greatest potential yield advantage.

Roberto Lopez joins MSU Horticulture with Extension responsibilities

August 2, 2016 | Erik Runkle | Roberto Lopez joined MSU’s Department of Horticulture March 2016 with a research, teaching and extension appointment in specialty crop production in controlled environments.

Think Environmentally, Plant Responsibly: Three new videos

August 1, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Three new videos highlight how gardeners and landscapers can protect and foster the environment through their landscapes.

Spider mite spraying in Michigan field crops: Brand new cheat sheet

August 1, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | We’ve got perfect spider mite conditions due to this summer’s dry weather and the arrival of August. Irrigation can complicate decisions. Here are tips to get any sprays right.

Southwest Michigan field crop regional report – July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | Bruce MacKellar | Uneven rain has brought a mix of crop and pest effects.

Central Michigan field crop regional report – July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | Paul Gross | Rains bring some relief from drought-like conditions.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bug this season.

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Trap catches remain high, especially near untreated plantings – high risk of infestation continues to be expected – susceptible crops must be protected.

The 2015 IPNI soil test report highlights changes in soil nutrient levels

July 28, 2016 | George Silva | The median P level of Michigan soils declined by 5 ppm and median K level declined by 2 ppm in 2015 compared to 2010. The soil pH remained unchanged.

Why should you consider a summer alfalfa seeding?

July 28, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Summer alfalfa seedings can have advantages and disadvantages.

East Michigan vegetable regional report – July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Continued hot and dry weather is impacting pickling cucumbers. Irrigated fruiting vegetables are ripening quickly before putting on size.

Late blight found in potato in Michigan’s St. Joseph County

July 27, 2016 | Noah Rosenzweig | Late blight was found in Michigan in three potato fields on July 25, 2016. Conditions remain conducive for late blight in irrigated potato crops.

Growing high-quality petunias with energy efficient root-zone heating

July 27, 2016 | Tom Dudek | Growers can grow petunias in a cooler greenhouse by using root-zone heating to save money and still produce a high-quality crop that flowers on time.

West central Michigan vegetable regional report – July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016 | Ben Werling | Don’t let your guard down and let foliar diseases develop. While weather has been mostly dry, high dew points have still created leaf wetness, which can help foliar diseases develop.

“Grow It, Cook It, Eat It” class series to be offered in Kalamazoo

July 27, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | This series covers growing, preparing and tasting a variety of vegetables and culinary herbs.

Blueberry maggot emergence sharply up after rains

July 26, 2016 | Rufus Isaacs | Ensure blueberries are protected from blueberry maggot, a key harvest-season pest.

Southwest Michigan grape scouting report – July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Wine grapes are now out of the critical period of disease control, and the third generation control window for grape berry moth begins this weekend or early next week.

Northwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Weather continues to be hot and dry across the region. Tart cherry harvest is in full swing.

East Michigan fruit regional report – July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Drought conditions continue across the region. Harvest continues for blueberries and early Japanese plum varieties. Spotted wing Drosophila trap catch numbers are building.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Blueberry and peach harvest are in full swing. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers are up as the fly is coming off wild fruit.

West central Michigan small fruit regional report – July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Spotted wing Drosophila continues causing problems in small fruit crops. Growers should monitor fruit for larvae using a salt test before harvesting.

West Michigan tree fruit regional report – July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | Amy Irish-Brown | Apple harvest will begin in about one month – are you prepared?

Presidio fungicide available to Michigan hop growers

July 26, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Section 18 Emergency Exemption for the use of Presidio fungicide for controlling downy mildew on Michigan hops has been approved.

Managing apple maggots with insecticides

July 26, 2016 | John Wise | Insecticide selections should include consideration of apple maggots when present.

Navigating diversion, crop insurance and NAP decisions for damaged tart cherries

July 25, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Guidelines to assess which scenario is most economical for your farm business. Contact crop insurance agent or Farm Service Agency for assistance.

How to manage unharvested or diverted cherries

July 25, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Growers not harvesting a block of cherries should remove fruit from the trees and physically destroy it in an effort to reduce spotted wing Drosophila populations.

Uncommon forage grass species found on eastern Upper Peninsula beef farm

July 25, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Creeping foxtail and meadow foxtail could fill a dual-purpose role in hay and grazing on a farm near Rudyard, Michigan.

Western bean cutworm and corn rootworm populations increasing in corn

July 25, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | Large populations of western bean cutworm and corn rootworm have been reported in corn fields in southern and central Michigan.

East Michigan fruit regional report – July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Spotted wing Drosophila trap catch and apple maggot numbers took a big jump this week. A few tenths of an inch of precipitation came to some fruit farms Thursday afternoon, while most others received none. Our drought continues across the region.

Agricultural Energy Conservation Tour: Switchgrass biomass-to-energy project

July 22, 2016 | M. Charles Gould | Potential opportunities for growers.

Agricultural Energy Conservation Tour: Energy efficiency benefits dairy farm

July 22, 2016 | M. Charles Gould | Dairy farmer will explain how energy efficiency practices and a renewable energy project have reduced energy expenses.

Agricultural Energy Conservation Tour: Energy efficiency benefits turkey production

July 22, 2016 | M. Charles Gould | Turkey producer addresses the impact of energy efficiency practices implemented on farm during tour.

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Big jump in trap catches this week – high risk of infestation expected across the state – susceptible crops must be protected.

Caring for horses in hot weather

July 22, 2016 | Christine Skelly | Providing water, shade and proper cool down after exercise can help prevent heat stress in horses.

Fall cover crop grazing basics

July 22, 2016 | Jerry Lindquist | July and August is the time to plant multi species cover crop mixes for fall grazing and soil improvement.

Preparing small ruminants for breeding season

July 22, 2016 | Mike Metzger | Reproductive performance is an important factor in determining profitability in small ruminant operations.

Flint, Michigan area urban agriculture report – July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016 | Terry McLean | Growers are continuing to irrigate crops and hoping for rain to fall this weekend in the Flint area.

Choosing the right LEDs to regulate flowering in greenhouses

July 21, 2016 | Qingwu Meng | Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are increasingly being used by commercial greenhouse growers, but their spectrum varies and sometimes there is confusion about their application.

East Michigan vegetable regional report – July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Harvest is picking up for most summer crops, with limited pest pressure overall.

West central Michigan small fruit regional report – July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Lack of precipitation continues affecting small fruit crop quality and yield. Spotted wing Drosophila presence is reaching high numbers in blueberries and raspberries.

West central Michigan vegetable regional report – July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | Ben Werling | Updates on asparagus, cucurbit, onion and sweet corn pest management.

Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | Ron Goldy | Dry weather has been helpful for irrigated crops, but stressful for non-irrigated.

Fall conservation update to highlight soil health and plot tour

July 20, 2016 | George Silva | The tour and program on Sept. 8, 2016, will feature cutting-edge soil health, environmental stewardship and crop production practices. Farmers, landowners and conservationists are invited to attend.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016 | Mark Longstroth | Blueberry harvest is in full swing. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers are climbing. Most soils are very dry.

Northwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016 | Emily Pochubay | Growers have been challenged with an overlap of sweet and tart cherry harvest this season.

MSU Plant Trial Field Day on August 2, 2016

July 19, 2016 | Erik Runkle | Growers, retailers and landscapers of ornamental plants are invited to this annual event Aug. 2, 2016, to learn about new plants and how they perform in gardens.

Soil compaction is a below-ground yield robber

July 19, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Explore ways to prevent, detect and alleviate soil compaction.

Don’t miss out on Michigan cherries

July 19, 2016 | Kendra Wills | July is cherry month and the crop is abundant this year in spite of recent storms.

Potato leafhoppers causing problems in Michigan alfalfa fields

July 18, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Hot, dry weather can lead to increased challenges on alfalfa fields due to insect damage.

Online training opportunities for greenhouse and nursery growers: Part 2

July 18, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Numerous online, noncredit courses are available to greenhouse growers this summer and fall.

Online training opportunities for greenhouse and nursery growers: Part 1

July 18, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Greenhouse and nursery growers can beat the heat by exploring numerous online video training opportunities to brush up their skills and knowledge during the off season.

Zwerk and Sons Farm to host the first 2016 Breakfast on the Farm event on Aug. 13

July 18, 2016 | Ellen Grimes | Join us in Tuscola County for the first Breakfast on the Farm event of the year. Learn about how your food is grown and raised, and meet the farmers dedicated to bringing your family safe and nutritious meals.

Peak water use needs for corn

July 18, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Corn’s water needs peak in July as irrigators fill in where rainfall falls short.

MSU Grazing School coming in September

July 18, 2016 | Jerry Lindquist | MSU’s popular Grazing School will be offered at three locations across Michigan in September.

Options in manure management to be highlighted at the 2016 North American Manure Expo in London, OH.

July 18, 2016 | Shelby Burlew | “Manure: Returning Nutrients to their Roots” is a fitting theme for this year’s Manure Expo highlighting tours, equipment demonstrations and educational sessions.

Together at the Farm:  U.P. Local Food Conference to be Held

July 15, 2016 | Michelle Walk | Renowned Small Farm and Organic Expert, Eliot Coleman to Speak at Local Food Conference

Drought and potassium deficiency in corn and soybeans

July 15, 2016 | George Silva | Potassium regulates the opening and closing of plant stomata. Consequently, crops with insufficient potassium are much more susceptible to drought.

Southwest Michigan field crop regional report – July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016 | Eric Anderson | Boring is good at this point with regards to crop pests, but increased chances for heat/drought stress during tasseling and soybean flowering/early podset will increase risks of yield loss.

What is horchata flavor?

July 15, 2016 | Joanne Davidhizar | A variety of horchata-inspired food products are found in the U.S. market today. Learn more about this unique flavor.

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Numbers continue to climb throughout the monitoring network; susceptible crops need to be protected.

Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program decision tool and instructional video

July 15, 2016 | Adam Kantrovich | The development of risk management plans for farms should include consideration of crop insurance or NAP buy-up coverage.

Performance indicators for Michigan dairy herds

July 15, 2016 | Kathy Lee | These performance indicators can be used to benchmark production, reproduction, genetics and udder health status in your dairy herd.

Getting started with cow-calf production - Part 3: Marketing

July 15, 2016 | Katelyn Thompson | Several marketing options for cow-calf producers to consider.

Getting started with cow-calf production - Part 2: Business Plan

July 15, 2016 | Katelyn Thompson | The six key sections to include in your business plan.

Eriophyid mites are now active on conifers

July 15, 2016 | Jill O’Donnell | Large numbers of eriophyid mites have been found on spruce, hemlock and Fraser fir in 2016.

Concolor fir turning brown

July 15, 2016 | Jill O’Donnell | Delphinella shoot blight has been found to be causing needles and shoots to turn brown on Concolor fir.

How do your soils handle rain?

July 15, 2016 | Paul Gross | Understanding the impact of rainfall in various tillage and cropping systems.

New testing lab seeks to serve malting barley producers and processors in reemerging markets

July 14, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | As popularity grows for locally sourced grain for craft beer, quality remains a top priority.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 | James DeDecker | Several crops are entering the reproductive stages of development, which are critical for yield.

New UAS or drone regulations: What does it all mean?

July 14, 2016 | George Silva | By simplifying some of the certification restrictions, the new Part 107 Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) regulations will expand drone technology use for agriculture and other commercial purposes.

Potato leafhoppers and mites on the rise in chestnut

July 13, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Potato leafhopper numbers are up and European red mites are visible in Michigan chestnut orchards.

East Michigan vegetable regional report – July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Nice rains across the region are just in time for supplying unirrigated plants as they put size on their fruit.

Michigan hop scouting report – July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Twospotted spider mite populations are rising and miticides should be applied early in the infestation, before visible symptoms are widespread. Male hop plants are visible as growth becomes reproductive and should be removed.

Central Michigan vegetable regional report – July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 | Fred Springborn | Tomato and potato growers should be protecting crops with fungicides to prevent late blight.

Beneficial insects can contribute to natural pest suppression

July 13, 2016 | Dean Baas | Xerces Society offers conservation biocontrol short course at Kellogg Biological Station July 25, 2016.

Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 | Ron Goldy | A return to hot, dry conditions has led to more irrigation and harvest activity.

West central Michigan vegetable regional report – July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016 | Ben Werling | Cucurbit downy mildew is in east Michigan, and more insects have been on the move.

Controlled Atmosphere Storage Clinic on Aug. 3, 2016

July 12, 2016 | Randy Beaudry | Learn new information related to controlled atmosphere storage and warehousing of apples and other temperate fruit at the 2016 Controlled Atmosphere Storage Clinic.

Discover best plants to support beneficial insects at upcoming field day

July 12, 2016 | Doug Landis | Register to attend this Aug. 2, 2016, field day where MSU researchers will demonstrate optimal plants for season-long support of crop pollinators and biocontrol agents.

Southwest Michigan grape scouting report – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Disease pressure remains low and leaf-feeding pests are few. Apply contact insecticides now to control grape berry moth.

East Michigan fruit regional report – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Recent rains eased drought conditions for some farms. Sweet cherry harvest has finished for some and continues for others. Harvest continues for tart cherries, summer red raspberries, blueberries and early peach varieties.

West central Michigan small fruit regional report – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Current drought conditions are causing fruit shriveling and fruit drop in blueberry fields. Spotted wing Drosophila catches increased substantially during the last five days.

How should fruit growers respond to hail and severe storms?

July 12, 2016 | Mark Longstroth | Quick action by growers can reduce losses in fruit plantings damaged by storms.

West Michigan tree fruit regional report – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 | Amy Irish-Brown | Tree fruit harvest is underway for sweet and tart cherries and apricots.

Northwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 | Duke Elsner | Managing tree fruit diseases is key following stormy weather and hail last week.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 | Bill Shane | Blueberry harvest is in full swing. Apricot, plum and peach harvest is starting.

Considerations for hail-damaged cherries after storms

July 12, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | With the recent storms that moved through northwest Michigan, growers should assess damage to determine future management strategies.

MSU Enviro-weather station network growing

July 12, 2016 | Beth Bishop | Two new Enviro-weather stations have been added in Oceana County in 2016.

Parasitic weeds are rare, but not unknown in Michigan

July 11, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Parasitic weeds like dodder and yellow rattle don’t often become a problem in Michigan, but proper identification is important if and when they do.

Predicted 2016 apple harvest dates

July 11, 2016 | Phil Schwallier | The 2016 predicted apple harvest dates are a few days ahead of normal, and a few days ahead of last year.

Early infection of downy mildew found in Michigan cucumbers

July 11, 2016 | Mary Hausbeck | Downy mildew has been confirmed in Michigan cucumbers in Bay County for 2016 season.

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Numbers are up throughout the network this week; susceptible crops need to be protected.

The Farm to School Census shows that Michigan programs are having a big impact

July 8, 2016 | Kaitlin Wojciak | The second nationwide Farm to School survey shows that programs are putting nearly $20 million into local economies and benefiting more than 700,000 students.

Lirula needle blight found on Black hills spruce

July 8, 2016 | Jill O’Donnell | Browning interior needles caused by Lirula macrospora are being found on Black hills spruce.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016 | James DeDecker | Hot weather is expected to continue, but drought-stressed crops may get some relief.

Blackleg and tuber soft rot disease reported in some Michigan potato fields

July 8, 2016 | Noah Rosenzweig | In the past few weeks blackleg has been found in several Michigan potato fields. Similar to last year’s growing season, potato aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft rot disease continue to be a problem.

Getting started with cow-calf production - Part 1

July 7, 2016 | Frank Wardynzski | Beef cow-calf production is a popular business venture for many beginning farmers. Good production management practices is critical.

Downy mildew confirmed on cucumbers in Ohio

July 7, 2016 | Mary Hausbeck | Downy mildew is most likely in Michigan too, but hasn’t been confirmed yet for 2016.

Michigan State University Extension intern shares her study abroad experience

July 7, 2016 | Suzanne Pish | One Extension intern spent her time with Belgian Blues.

Parting ways with employees on your farm

July 7, 2016 | Stan Moore | It's not always easy to part ways with an employee. These steps will ensure you're prepared.

Early July crop water needs

July 7, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Water use will be lower than expected for early July due to less mature crops.

Late blight threatens Michigan tomatoes

July 7, 2016 | Mary Hausbeck | Michigan potatoes infected with late blight have been found. Tomato growers should also be on alert for this disease.

MSU Agriculture Innovation Day will better serve needs of Michigan agriculture than former Ag Expo

July 7, 2016 | Ronald Bates | Inaugural event to provide in-depth focus on soil health.

Late blight found in potatoes in Michigan’s Branch County

July 6, 2016 | Noah Rosenzweig | Late blight was found in Michigan potatoes July 5, 2016. Conditions remain conducive for late blight in irrigated potato crops.

Downy mildew on cucumber reported in Ontario

July 6, 2016 | Mary Hausbeck | Downy mildew has been confirmed near Michigan for 2016.

Mushrooms in nursery container media – what can be done?

July 6, 2016 | Tom Dudek | Nursery growers battling mushrooms and slime mold in container media have some tools to deal with the issue.

Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016 | Ron Goldy | Harvest activity is increasing, but so are insect and disease pressures.

Make your soil smoke for optimum soil health

July 6, 2016 | Zach Robertson | MSU Agriculture Innovation Day to feature smoking soil and more from experts

West central Michigan vegetable regional report – July 6, 2016

July 6, 2016 | Ben Werling | Start watching cucumbers and melons for cucurbit downy mildew. It has not been detected in Michigan, but has been found in Ontario this week.

Soybean aphid thresholds

July 6, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | Why do we still use a 250 soybean aphid threshold?

Spider mite population could increase in field crops

July 6, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | Recent dry conditions could increase spider mite populations in corn and soybean.

Michigan’s 2016 wheat harvest has begun

July 6, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Some reminders for wheat growers as they look forward to harvest.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Tart cherry harvest is in full swing in southwest Michigan.

West central Michigan small fruit regional report – July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Phomopsis canker is the most common disease at this time in blueberries. Sugar accumulation in ripening berries is at its peak. Growers should be alert to any symptoms of fruit rots, especially Anthracnose.

East Michigan fruit regional report – July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016 | Bob Tritten | The drought continues over east Michigan, with plant stress signs becoming more common. Strawberry harvest has finished. Sweet and tart cherry and summer red raspberry harvest continues. Early blueberry and peach varieties are being harvested.

What is elderflower flavor?

July 5, 2016 | Joanne Davidhizar | The flower of the elderberry flavors beverages and food products.

Stacking the deck: how to win at cover crop establishment

July 5, 2016 | Erin Hill | Learn more about methods and equipment for establishing cover crops at MSU Agricultural Innovations Day on August 24.

Northwest Michigan fruit regional report – July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Cherry harvest is underway, and rain is needed to help fruit size.

Horse pasture and hay management tips for a hot and dry summer

July 5, 2016 | Christine Skelly | Horse owners should be proactive during a hot and dry summer when it comes to pasture management and buying hay.

The importance of testing hop fertility

July 5, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Petiole testing can help growers dial in plant nutrient needs.

Interseeding cover crops into standing cash crops

July 1, 2016 | Eric Anderson | Interseeding cover crops into a standing cash crop has several advantages over seeding after harvest, but management practices are critical to ensure successful establishment.

Michigan farm aims to go natural

June 30, 2016 | Monica Day | Meet a mid-Michigan family embarking on an ambitious farm transition plan into a prairie-raised bison farm.

Bird management options for fruit growers

June 30, 2016 | Catherine Lindell | Bird damage may be more intense in dry years as birds turn to fruit to meet their nutrition and hydration needs. Fruit growers can employ one or more bird deterrent strategies.

Earthworms can be an indicator of soil health

June 29, 2016 | Christina Curell | Simple steps to determine worm populations in your field.

Got weeds? Employ some goats

June 29, 2016 | Mike Metzger | If weeds and brush are stealing your pasture profits, using a herd of goats may be the answer to reclaiming some of your pasture.

State pesticide applicators certification exam now available online

June 29, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | MDARD has partnered with the Metro Institute to offer computer-based testing for state pesticide certification exams.

East Michigan vegetable regional report – June 29, 2016

June 29, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Weather has been too dry for unirrigated vegetables, especially on sandier ground.

West central Michigan vegetable regional report – June 29, 2016

June 29, 2016 | Ben Werling | Insect pest activity is continuing in west Michigan vegetables.

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Traps are detecting spotted wing Drosophila throughout the network; susceptible crops need to be protected.

Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day held July 12, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Rufus Isaacs | Growers, IPM practitioners and other land managers interested in supporting pollinators and crop pollination are invited to the Michigan Blueberry Pollination Field Day.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Mark Longstroth | The summer fruit season is off to a great start. Berry and cherry harvests are underway.

Southwest Michigan grape scouting report – June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Grape berries are beginning to size, disease incidence remains relatively low and treatment date for grape berry moth approaches.

East Michigan fruit regional report – June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Soils are very dry, creating drought stress in tree and small fruits. Strawberry harvest has finished in southern parts of our region, and sweet and tart cherry and summer red raspberry harvest is getting underway.

Monitoring for spotted wing Drosophila larvae in cherries before entering processing facility

June 28, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Guidelines for inspectors to detect fruit infested with spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) larvae at the receiving station or prior to entering the processing facility.

Northwest Michigan fruit regional report – June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Emily Pochubay | Spotted wing Drosophila management is underway in susceptible fruit crops, and sweet cherry harvest will begin early next week.

Miticides options for controlling mites in cherry

June 28, 2016 | Emily Pochubay | Many options are available for mite control in Michigan cherries.

Ethephon on cherries

June 28, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Follow these recommendations when applying ethephon to cherries.

West central Michigan small fruit regional report – June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Spotted wing Drosophila continues arriving on small fruit crops and last week it was found reproducing in strawberries.

West Michigan tree fruit regional report – June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 | Amy Irish-Brown | All tree fruits are progressing nicely this season.

2016 Peach and plum variety showcase

June 27, 2016 | Bill Shane | You are invited to see and taste the newest, traditional and unusual peach and plum varieties and experimental selections on Aug. 23, 2016, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Warm weather favors anthracnose fruit rot in strawberries

June 24, 2016 | Annemiek Schilder | Warm, wet conditions (even from irrigation) promote fungal disease development in strawberries, in particular anthracnose fruit rot.

East Michigan fruit regional report – June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Strawberry harvest continues, with sweet cherry and summer red raspberry harvest just around the corner. Dry soils are prevalent, especially for growers north of the I-94 corridor.

Michigan hop scouting report – June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Japanese beetles have begun emerging in hopyards as far north as west central Michigan.

Japanese beetle adults arrive in chestnuts

June 24, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Adult Japanese beetle activity is being reported as far north as west central Michigan.

Registration for greenhouse and horticultural lighting course closing June 30

June 23, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Students will have three months to take the summer session of this self-paced, online course on greenhouse and horticultural lighting.

Identifying and correcting manganese deficiency in soybeans

June 23, 2016 | Mike Staton | Tips for identifying and correcting manganese deficiency, a common nutrient deficiency in Michigan soybean fields.

Southwest Michigan field crop regional report – June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 | Bruce MacKellar | Crop conditions look good throughout much of the region, and recent rain has helped alleviate dry conditions (for most).

MSU to Host 9th Annual Hop Field Day and Tour

June 23, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Tour will feature on-farm visits with farmers, experts, and industry professionals.

Attend the 2016 spotted wing Drosophila berry grower training on June 30

June 23, 2016 | Carlos García-Salazar | Take the guesswork out of your spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) control program. Learn how to use a systems approach to control SWD.

Central Michigan field crop regional report – June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 | Paul Gross | Crops are beginning to show moisture stress.

Reducing soybean production costs in 2016

April 4, 2016 | Mike Staton | Recommendations for soybean producers on reacting to low commodity prices by reducing production costs without affecting yields.

When is the best time to plant corn in Michigan?

April 1, 2016 | George Silva | Planting date research shows the optimum corn planting period for much of Michigan is beginning to middle of May. There are no agronomic or economic advantages to planting corn before April 20.

Soybean seeding rate recommendations

April 1, 2016 | Mike Staton | Fine-tuning soybean seeding rates can help producers reduce production costs in 2016.

How to keep herbicides out of groundwater and surface water

March 29, 2016 | Christina Curell | Six field practices can protect water quality from herbicide applications.

Malting barley trials prove useful in variety selection

March 29, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | To overcome the lack of malting barley varieties bred in or for Michigan, variety trial research is crucial in identifying and recommending varieties to support a growing industry.

Begin managing white mold in soybeans this spring

March 29, 2016 | Mike Staton | White mold can be a damaging disease of Michigan soybeans, and producers should consider implementing management practices this spring in fields prone to white mold.

Pesticides registered for use on Michigan hops updated for 2016

March 23, 2016 | Diane Brown | Hop growers should be aware of several changes for pesticides registered for use in 2016.

Natural enemies in the hopyard

March 23, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Be on the lookout for predatory insects and spiders that can benefit your hopyard this growing season and check out resources to support populations.

What exactly is craft beer?

March 22, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Find out what defines a craft brewer compared to a non-craft brewer.

Trends emerge in craft beer sales

March 21, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | The words local and craft on a label are increasingly important to consumers.

Michigan alfalfa tissue test survey provides fertility snap-shot

March 21, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Sulfur deficiency trend detected throughout Michigan.

Michigan ranks fourth in the United States for hop production

March 21, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Annual MSU Extension survey documents growth in hop production.

Study finds 10 percent of 2015 soybean yield lost to white-tailed deer in Presque Isle County

March 17, 2016 | James DeDecker | MSU researchers placed cages in fields to measure yield loss from deer feeding on soybeans.

More reasons for soil testing

March 11, 2016 | Ron Goldy | Improper pH and higher than adequate nutrient levels are reasons for regular soil testing.

Knowing pest life cycles helps with resistance management

March 10, 2016 | Ron Goldy | Rotating pesticide chemistries is critical to successful pest management, but knowing insect and disease life cycles also plays a big role.

Research partnerships help Michigan corn growers today and in the future

March 9, 2016 | Ron Bates | The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan funds Michigan State University research and Extension projects to optimize corn production in Michigan’s unique climate and soils.

The Michigan Dormant Mineral Act: Retaining severed oil and gas rights

March 9, 2016 | Curtis Talley | According to the Act, severed mineral rights can revert to the current surface owner.

Frost seeding red clover into winter wheat

March 8, 2016 | Paul Gross | Red clover cover crop adds benefits to your rotation.

Unique ways to prepare for a future in agriculture

March 4, 2016 | Julie Thelen | Learn ways we are helping educate the general consumer, youth and undergraduate students for their future relating to agriculture in non-traditional ways.

Nitrogen fertilization of the 2016 wheat crop

March 4, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Growers are making plans for topdressing wheat with nitrogen. Predicting optimum nitrogen rate is difficult, but there are considerations that may help growers arrive at a reasonable estimate.

Upper Peninsula farmer shares suggestions for newer farmers based on lifetime experience

March 2, 2016 | Jim Isleib | It can pay off to listen to advice from experienced, successful farmers.

Potential sources of labor: Are these in your future plans?

March 1, 2016 | Tom Dudek | Farms should think about different strategies to fill their labor needs in 2016 and beyond. Consider any and all of these options and strategies to obtain needed workers in the future.

Sugarbeet research pays big returns on investment

February 29, 2016 | Steven Poindexter | Through the Sugarbeet Advancement Program, MSU Extension partners with the Michigan Sugar Company, the USDA, MSU AgBioResearch and industry representatives to conduct cooperative research to increase production of sugarbeets in Michigan.

Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference

February 25, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Conference to feature nationally and internationally renowned speakers.

Feeding our crops, greening our cities, protecting the Great Lakes landscape

February 23, 2016 | Tim Harrigan | Effective agricultural and urban management practices to protect water quality require an understanding of how and when nutrients move across the landscape, and which management practices are most likely to be successful in preventing nutrient loss.

Building soil organic matter on Upper Peninsula crop rotations – Part 2 of 2

February 16, 2016 | Jim Isleib | For many farmers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, cover crops need to provide forage as well as soil improvement to be practical.

Survey to help Michigan soybean producers identify and overcome yield gaps

February 11, 2016 | Mike Staton | Michigan soybean producers have the opportunity to help researchers and agronomists identify and overcome barriers to higher soybean yields by participating in a volunteer survey.

“Mr. Forage” is coming to the Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference

February 11, 2016 | Jerry Lindquist | Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin Forage Specialist a.k.a. “Mr. Forage” to speak at the 2016 Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference.

Upcoming irrigated soybean production program

February 10, 2016 | Mike Staton | Research results and recommendations for managing irrigated soybeans will be presented at the Feb. 29, 2016, program.

Zika virus concerns for Michigan residents

February 10, 2016 | Michael G. Kaufman | How concerned should Michiganders be about being infected with the Zika virus? An MSU entomologist responds.

Michigan Annie’s Project helping women excel on the farm

February 9, 2016 | Katelyn Thompson | Annie’s Project for women in agriculture is a six-week educational program committed to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise.

Building soil organic matter on Upper Peninsula crop rotations – Part 1 of 2

February 8, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Though not widely practiced, no-till cropping systems have potential on some Upper Peninsula farms.

Stalk nitrate-nitrogen as affected by nitrogen rate, row spacing and population density - Part 2

February 8, 2016 | George Silva | Stalk nitrate-nitrogen levels of corn hybrid DKC49-72 receiving both high and low nitrogen rates had nitrate-nitrogen levels considerably below the critical level of 700 ppm.

Pesticide applicator manual review and exam sessions in Ionia and Eaton counties

February 8, 2016 | George Silva | Pesticide applicator manual review sessions offer excellent preparation for the Michigan pesticide licensing exam.

Registration now open for Highland Ag and Natural Resources Conference

February 2, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Join us March 19, 2016, as we address what’s next for Michigan agriculture production and land management.

Turning Michigan fish waste into fertilizer creates a commercial product

February 1, 2016 | Ronald Kinnunen | Several million pounds of commercial fish waste are generated in Michigan each year.

Anatomy of a successful farm employee meeting

February 1, 2016 | Phil Durst | What does a good employee meeting look like? How can we do a better job of communicating in meetings? Take a look at one meeting as an example; then plan your own.

Field crops disease management discussed in upcoming webinar

January 29, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Disease management in field crops will be discussed at the Feb. 29, 2016, Field Crops Webinar Series webinar.

Powering Michigan Agriculture Conference panel speaker: Heating with biomass

January 27, 2016 | Charles Gould | Panel member is to addresses biomass heating system on Michigan dairy farms at the Powering Michigan Agriculture with Renewable Energy Conference.

Malting barley: A very special non-specialty crop

January 27, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | Malting barley is ineligible for specialty crop designation, which is a source of frustration for those working in the craft malting and beverage industries.

Cover Cropping for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects publication available

January 25, 2016 | Dean Baas | SARE publication on cover cropping for pollinators and beneficial insects will help farmers find answers to their cover crop questions.

Farmers to learn about implementing renewable energy at the Powering Michigan Agriculture Conference

January 25, 2016 | Charles Gould | Participants will learn how to identify the technology suitable to meet energy management goals on their farm, and how to obtain the resources and tools necessary to implement these technologies.

Registration now open for the second annual Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference

January 20, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | The premier Great Lakes craft beer ingredient conference has moved to a larger venue and expanded to include a trade show.

Michigan wheat growers set record yields in 2015

January 19, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Many Michigan wheat growers enjoyed strong yields this past season and are hoping for encore performances in years to come.

Michigan wheat growers set record yields in 2015

January 19, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Many Michigan wheat growers enjoyed strong yields this past season and are hoping for encore performances in years to come.

Celebrate the International Year of Pulses with Michigan dry beans

January 18, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | In Michigan, the International Year of Pulses means the International Year of Dry Beans.

Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources event to focus on soil health

January 12, 2016 | Megghan Honke Seidel | Michigan State University will host its first Agriculture Innovations: Focus on Soils on Aug. 24, 2016, at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Focus on Forages winter meetings slated for February and early March

January 11, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Recent forage research from Michigan State University will be featured at six locations in February and early March 2016.

First annual Highland Ag and Natural Resources Conference set for March 19 in Cadillac

January 7, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Save the date for Michigan’s first Highland Ag and Natural Resources Conference, March 19, 2016, to learn what’s next for Michigan agriculture.

Take time to think about three things to improve your farm business

January 7, 2016 | Phil Durst | At times, it seems that there are hundreds of things to think about. That can be paralyzing. Instead, focus your thoughts on three things.

Breakfast on the Farm continues to improve consumer trust in dairy farmers and dairy farming

December 30, 2015 | Ted Ferris | Place-based education provides the opportunity for consumers to experience modern farming in their local communities.

Online searchable database for the 2015 Michigan Soybean Performance Report is available

December 30, 2015 | Mike Staton | The online searchable database is an easy way to quickly view and sort the results from the 2015 Michigan Soybean Research Report.

Fertilizer prices in 2015

December 30, 2015 | George Silva | The current retail prices of all major fertilizers are noticeably lower compared to prices one year ago, according to USDA statistics.

2016 Pest and Crop Management Update for Field Crop Producers and Agronomists

December 23, 2015 | Mike Staton | Participants will learn new information about pest and crop management research and practices in field crops.

Soybean response to foliar fertilizer and fungicide

December 23, 2015 | George Silva | A 2015 on-farm research trial showed foliar applied nutrients and fungicide effects on soybean yield were not significant but merit further investigation.

Stalk nitrate-nitrogen as affected by nitrogen rate, row spacing and population density – Part 1

December 23, 2015 | George Silva | Stalk nitrate-nitrogen levels increased with nitrogen rate. Plots receiving the low nitrogen rate had nitrate-nitrogen levels below the critical level of 700 ppm.

Can cover crops work in the Upper Peninsula?

December 22, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | U.P. researchers are investigating that question and more

Tis the season to talk to your city cousins about how you produce their food

December 22, 2015 | Ted Ferris | Even though your relatives and friends have a relationship to the farm, don’t assume that they understand what you do on a daily basis to ensure quality, safety, good animal care and environmental protection.

Great Lakes EXPO hop session lessons learned

December 21, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Eastern U.S. industry experts offer hop growing advice to over 125 attendees.

2016 Field Crops Webinar Series scheduled for Monday evenings February 22-March 28

December 21, 2015 | James DeDecker | Participants will receive field crop production and pest management highlights to prepare for the 2016 growing season.

2015 hop overview: Part 1

December 18, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | International Hop Growers Congress offers lessons for Michigan hop producers.

2015 Thumb Ag Research and Education Field Trials Report is now available

December 18, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | The 2015 Thumb Ag Research and Education Field Trials Report provides growers with the latest yield information on corn hybrids, soybean varieties, agronomic practices and additional studies.

2016 SMaRT soybean on-farm research meetings

December 18, 2015 | Mike Staton | Results from 2015 Soybean Management and Research Technologies on-farm research projects presented at meetings around Michigan in early 2016.

Taking stock of the Michigan malting barley industry

December 18, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | Farmers are urged to complete a brief survey to share their experiences with malting barley production.

Should I use dolomitic or calcitic lime?

December 17, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Know the facts about the magnesium levels in your soil before deciding if you should use dolomitic lime.

Vegetable, field crop and fruit production presentations for beginning farmers archived

December 16, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Presentations on a wide variety of crop production topics for people new to agriculture are available online and free for viewing.

Small farm business and marketing presentations for beginning farmers archived

December 16, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Presentations on a variety of marketing options and business basics for people new to agriculture are available online and free for viewing.

New beginning farmers’ series offered online by MSU Extension

December 15, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Online trainings offered to new farmers provide valuable start-up information on general farming topics.

2015 SMaRT on-farm research report is available

December 14, 2015 | Mike Staton | Soybean producers and agribusiness representatives can download the results from 11 different on-farm research projects conducted by the 2015 Soybean Management and Research Technology project.

Hop Growers of Michigan advances Michigan’s hop industry

December 14, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Michigan Hop Growers elect new board members and seek new members.

Pesticide and CCA credits available at 2015 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update

December 10, 2015 | George Silva | The Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update for Agribusiness, held Dec. 15, 2015, will offer six MDARD pesticide and six CCA certification credits.

Resources for veteran careers in agriculture

December 8, 2015 | George Silva | Educational resources providing valuable information to veterans seeking agriculture-based careers are now available.

Thirsty for research

December 8, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | Malting barley research in Michigan goes from field to glass.

Reducing energy expenses

December 4, 2015 | M. Charles Gould | Farmers who attended workshops have experienced success in securing utility rebates and USDA grant funding to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Michigan Farm Energy Audit Program – Auditor training

December 4, 2015 | Aluel S. Go | Audits performed by auditors certified by the Michigan Farm Energy Audit Program have increased the number of approved on-farm energy efficiency projects in Michigan.

New pest scouting bulletins available for free

December 2, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Free pest scouting bulletins are now available to field crop, greenhouse, vegetable and perennial crop producers.

Spartan students assist a farmer with mobility issues

December 1, 2015 | Steve Lovejoy | MSU Mechanical Engineering students help AgrAbilty through capstone project.

Selecting soybean varieties for 2016

November 30, 2015 | Mike Staton | Maximize farm income by selecting high-yielding and pest-resistant soybean varieties.

2015 Section 179 Expense Deduction and Bonus Depreciation again up in the air

November 30, 2015 | Adam Kantrovich | The inability of the U.S. Congress to deal with federal tax code issues could make it tough for businesses that use the Section 179 Expense Deduction Special Depreciation Allowance to increase deductions for the 2015 tax year.

The Affordable Care Act’s excise tax and its effect on agricultural employers

November 30, 2015 | Adam Kantrovich | Failure to Comply with Market Reforms could have potential negative ramifications to even Small Employers with less than 50 FTE’s for an Annual Monthly Average in the form of a $100-per-day per employee penalty.

USDA natural disaster assistance in Michigan

November 30, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | U.S. Department of Agriculture designates 24 counties in Michigan as primary natural disaster areas and offers assistance through Farm Service Agency.

2015 Michigan Soybean Performance Report is available

November 25, 2015 | Mike Staton | Michigan soybean producers can improve soybean yields and profitability by utilizing the information contained in the Michigan Soybean Performance Report.

November is Sweet Potato Awareness month

November 23, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Sweet potatoes are a healthy source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C.

Tax update for 2016

November 23, 2015 | Dennis Stein | Announcement of annual tax adjustments have been released with some changes and some staying the same.

2015 Thumb Ag Review meetings scheduled for December

November 18, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | Six meetings are scheduled in December to provide results from the 2015 growing season.

Pesticide applicator training and exam scheduled for Dec. 10, 2015 in Rogers City

November 17, 2015 | James DeDecker | Pesticide applicator training and certification programs improve pesticide use practices in Michigan by ensuring certified applicators receive up-to-date information on pesticide regulation, handling and application.

Soybean response to gypsum is dependent on soil quality

November 17, 2015 | James DeDecker | A second year of soybean research in Presque Isle County finds no significant yield response to gypsum application, contradicting 2014 results.

Are you developing or just dictating to employees?

November 17, 2015 | Phil Durst | As an employer, you want your employees to follow the procedures that you have set, you want them to do what you say, and you want it done now and consistently done. However, we will not achieve those characteristics by command.

Cropland leasing trends

November 16, 2015 | Curtis Talley, Jr. | Midwest cropland lease rates declining with slight shift to flexible leases.

Energy conservation: Impact on the bottom line

November 16, 2015 | Charles Gould | Helping Michigan farmers reduce their energy expenses is the focus of one-day workshops being held around the state.

Michigan State University seeks public input to sharpen research and outreach focus

November 16, 2015 | Beth Stuever | Michigan residents can help determine where Extension faculty and staff members should place their emphasis.

Winterizing your sprayer

November 13, 2015 | Christina Curell | Now is the time to get your sprayer properly winterized and ready for next spring.

Monitor grain in on-farm storage

November 11, 2015 | Marilyn Thelen | After a successful harvest, the next step with on-farm grain storage is to keep the grain in good condition until it is shipped.

2015 Sugarbeet Seed Week meetings will help in variety selection

November 10, 2015 | Steven Poindexter | When selecting sugarbeet varieties for the 2016 planting season, consider multiple factors including yield, sugar content, disease and pest resistance.

Seven compelling reasons to attend the 2015 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update

November 9, 2015 | George Silva | The Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Dec. 15, 2015, will feature MSU field crop specialists, 2016 crop and pest recommendations and pesticide certification credits.

2016 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference sponsor and vendor reservations are now being accepted!

November 9, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Sign up soon, only a limited number of sponsorships and vendor spaces are available.

It is not too late to plant cover crops

November 5, 2015 | Christina Curell | Cereal rye is a hardy versatile plant that is one of the best choices for Michigan farmers to use as a cover crop.

Great Lakes Expo special event

November 4, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Second annual Michigan Craft Beer Tasting and Food Pairing Reception.

National Hop Quality competition

November 3, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | The National Hop Quality Group now accepting hop samples for the fourth Annual Cascade Cup!

The business of soil health

November 3, 2015 | Christina Curell | How to determine the value of soil health.

Plan now for winter storage of pesticides

November 3, 2015 | Christina Curell | Now is the time for producers to plan their pesticide storage for the winter.

Commodity markets present challenges for farmers in 2016

November 2, 2015 | Paul Gross | Marketing series offers strategies to optimize farm profitability.

Funding opportunity for farmers

November 2, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and Rancher grants due Dec. 3, 2015.

Fall herbicide applications in winter wheat: Should this be an option for you?

October 28, 2015 | Christy Sprague | Consider the potential benefits and drawbacks to fall herbicide applications in winter wheat.

Prepping an old, neglected field for crop production – Part 2 of 2

October 28, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Thinking through the process before you start prepping a field for crop production can help avoid future problems.

Prepping an old, neglected field for crop production – Part 1 of 2

October 28, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Tips for beginning farmers trying to get an old sod field into shape for vegetables, field crops, forage, fruit or other crops.

Help monarchs and other pollinators by collecting milkweed seeds this fall

October 27, 2015 | Meghan Milbrath | A step-by-step resource to saving seeds and planting milkweed to help monarchs and other pollinators.

Pesticide manual review sessions in 2016 for Mid-Michigan farmers

October 27, 2015 | George Silva | Pesticide manual review sessions, held Feb. 25 in Ionia County and March 11 in Eaton County, are for those seeking to pass the MDARD pesticide certification exam and become licensed applicators.

2015 planting and harvest weather in Upper Peninsula is big improvement over 2014

October 26, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Farmers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are finding crop conditions in 2015 warmer and drier than last year.

Soybean response to Endura in Eaton Rapids

October 26, 2015 | George Silva | A 2015 on-farm research trial in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, showed that foliar applied Endura fungicide caused small but significant increases in soybean yield.

Great Lakes EXPO hop session announced

October 26, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | National and international speakers to headline GL EXPO hop session.

Grain drills in the field signal the start of a new wheat season

October 23, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Wheat has gotten off to a strong start this fall. However, as with all commodities in 2016, growers should take advantage of opportunities to achieve good yields using the most cost-effective inputs.

2016 Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference

October 22, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Save the date for MSU Extension’s premier craft beer supply conference March 16-17, 2016.

Hop market update

October 22, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | United States hop inventory down from 2014.

New guide for encouraging pollinators

October 21, 2015 | Rufus Isaacs | Handy, new, pocket-sized guide will help gardeners, farmers and landscapers support bee species.

Nutrient removal rates by grain crops

October 19, 2015 | George Silva | Nutrient removal by harvested portions of grain crops is an important consideration in deciding fertilizer rates.

Planning to frost seed pasture in 2016? Start the prep work now

October 19, 2015 | Jerry Lindquist | Frost seeding of pastures in late winter can be successful especially if the preparation is started in the fall.

Compost increases the water holding capacity of droughty soils

October 16, 2015 | M. Charles Gould | How to choose compost that increases the soil’s water holding capacity.

Considering interseeding cover crops in standing crops?

October 15, 2015 | Dean Baas | Interseeding Cover Crops Field Day on Oct. 21, 2015, will highlight methods and equipment for planting cover crops into standing crops.

Corn tar spot: A new disease to look out for

October 12, 2015 | Martin Chilvers | Corn tar spot was confirmed in Indiana and Illinois. This will be a disease to keep an eye on in upcoming seasons.

Soybean sudden death syndrome confirmed in two new counties, Lapeer and Isabella

October 12, 2015 | Martin Chilvers | Soybean sudden death syndrome has now been confirmed in Michigan’s Lapeer and Isabella counties. This disease is likely to become an issue for more farmers as the amount of disease inoculum may build in soil over time.

US landscape changes: Conservation versus fuel and food

October 12, 2015 | Stephen Lovejoy | Trade-offs between U.S. commodity policies and conservation policy

Pasture walk in Osceola County to view grazing fall cover crop mixes

October 8, 2015 | Jerry Lindquist | Livestock farms can lower their feeding costs in the fall by 40 percent or more by utilizing multi species cover crops for grazing.

Hiring labor for your farming operation? Use the Agricultural Employer Checklist

October 5, 2015 | Tom Dudek | Michigan State University Extension has recently revised its Agricultural Employer Checklist. Farms that hire labor should use this document as a general education tool on the employment process.

Marketing update scheduled for thumb

October 5, 2015 | Dennis Stein | Grain and dairy markets will be the focus of a meeting set for Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 from 10 a.m. – noon. Farms can attend the live session or log in for a live web-feed.

Prussic acid in forages poses a threat to livestock following a frost

October 2, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | Cyanide poisoning is the culprit after a frost on forages like sorghum, sorghum-sudangrass or sudangrass.

Keeping nutrients in the field and out of the water

October 2, 2015 | Marilyn Thelen | Phosphorus, a macronutrient essential for plant growth, is also a contributor to water quality concerns.

Fertilizer and liming practices for grain crops in the fall

October 2, 2015 | George Silva | Fall offers a convenient time option for phosphorus, potassium and lime application in grain crops.

2015 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update set for December 15

October 1, 2015 | George Silva | The Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update for Agribusiness will highlight 2016 MSU field crop recommendations and pesticide certification credits.

 

Consider harvesting soybeans earlier to reduce risk and improve income

September 29, 2015 | Mike Staton | Harvesting soybeans at 15 percent moisture reduces potential for harvest losses and soil compaction and increases income compared to harvesting overly dry soybeans.

Highlights of the 2015 Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day

September 29, 2015 | Mike Staton | More than 100 participants learned new information about reducing soybean harvest losses and farm truck regulations and safety.

Breakfast on the Farm wraps up another successful season

September 28, 2015 | Mary Dunckel | Five Michigan farm families gave visitors an incredible first-hand look at modern agriculture. Now is the time for interested farm families to apply to host an event in 2016.

Don’t forget to take the credit

September 28, 2015 | Christina Curell | Remember to take nitrogen credits when you use other nitrogen sources when you are planning next years nutrient needs.

Report sightings of brown marmorated stink bugs in your home or business

September 25, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | Report sightings of brown marmorated stink bugs to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network in order to help Michigan fruit, vegetable and ornamental plant growers identify potential hotspots.

Consider collecting seeds from weed escapes if you think they may be resistant to herbicides

September 25, 2015 | Bruce MacKellar | Single species weed escapes are on the rise in southern Michigan. If weeds in your field survived a herbicide application that should have controlled them, consider sending in seedheads to determine if they are herbicide-resistant.

Overcoming cover crop establishment challenges

September 24, 2015 | Paul Gross | Interseeding cover crop field day on Oct. 21, 2015, can provide some answers to overcoming cover crop establishment challenges.

Training available for farmers market managers

September 24, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | MIFMA and MDARD to offer training for markets that hold cooking demonstrations and offer food samples.  

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for September 15, 2015

September 16, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | Brown marmorated stink bug activity continues to increase in Berrien County; adults and nymphs were found feeding on apples. Damaged peaches by BMSB near Grand Rapids has been reported for the second year in a row.

Michigan State University seeks public input to sharpen research and outreach focus

September 16, 2015 | Beth Stuever | Michigan residents can help determine where Extension faculty and staff members should place their emphasis.

Brush and tree control helps prevent pivot irrigator damage

September 15, 2015 | Lyndon Kelley | Early autumn is an excellent time to control brush and trees that may interfere with center pivot irrigation.

Organic or non-GMO soybean variety trials field day

September 14, 2015 | Dean Baas | Help evaluate new soybeans varieties for organic or non-GMO production at a field day Sept. 30, 2015.

Understanding soybean discount schedules

September 14, 2015 | Mike Staton | Understanding soybean discount schedules can help producers minimize shrink and discount deductions and increase net payments received on delivered soybean loads.

Funds available for farmers to explore sustainable agriculture solutions

September 14, 2015 | Dean Baas | NCR-SARE issues Call for Proposals for their Farmer Rancher Grant program.

Planting the 2015 winter wheat crop

September 4, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Much of winter wheat’s yield performance is determined by the decisions of growers at the time of planting.

Soybean sudden death syndrome continues to spread across southwest Michigan

September 3, 2015 | Bruce MacKellar | Minor sudden death syndrome infestation rates are on the rise in southwest Michigan soybean fields. While significant yield-affecting infestations impacting widespread areas within a field remain limited, they are also increasing across the region.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for August 31, 2015

September 2, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | Few brown marmorated stink bugs were caught in two monitoring network traps in Berrien County this week.

Using alternative strategies to achieve timelier wheat planting

September 2, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | In order to plant wheat earlier this fall, growers may want to take advantage of prevented planting acres, alternative rotation and selecting earlier maturing soybean varieties.

Management recommendations for soybean fields infested with white mold

September 2, 2015 | Mike Staton | Manage this year’s white mold inoculum to reduce the incidence and severity of white mold in future soybean crops.

Early firing symptoms and end of season stalk nitrate test for corn

September 2, 2015 | George Silva | Corn fields with N deficiencies are showing early firing symptoms. Consider the end-of-season stalk nitrate test to check effectiveness of your nitrogen practices.

The art and science of hop harvest

September 2, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Determining the correct harvest date for hops is a mix of art and science and has a big impact on the quality of the final product.

Reducing nutrient loss

September 1, 2015 | Christina Curell | Three ways farmers can protect water quality.

2015 Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day

August 26, 2015 | Mike Staton | Participants will learn new information about reducing soybean harvest losses and farm truck regulations and safety at the field day Sept. 18, 2015.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for August 25, 2015

August 26, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | Brown marmorated stink bug nymphs were caught in three monitoring network traps in Berrien and Grand Traverse counties this week.

Water use of biomass crops

August 25, 2015 | Dennis Pennington | Michigan State University study shows that key biomass crops use similar amounts of water as corn.

September field day in Hillsdale County features nutrient management and conservation practices

August 24, 2015 | Shelby Burlew | A field day for livestock producers and field crop farmers who utilize commercial fertilizer or manure in their crop nutrient program.

Top 10 reasons you should attend the 2015 Nutrient Management Update and Plot Tour

August 24, 2015 | George Silva | Improved nutrient management practices designed to enhance profitability and environmental stewardship will be featured at the plot tour on Sept. 9, 2015, at MSU.

Hay fertilizer and lime demonstration in Chippewa County

August 24, 2015 | Jim Isleib | A simple, on-farm demonstration provides a look at the potential for improving yields on hay fields usually managed with low-fertilizer or no-fertilizer inputs.

Options in manure management highlighted at the 2015 North American Manure Expo in Chambersburg, PA

August 24, 2015 | Shelby Burlew | “Manure than You Can Handle” was certainly a fitting theme for this year’s Manure Expo between the farm tours, equipment demonstrations and educational sessions.

Soybeans yellowing too soon?

August 21, 2015 | Bruce MacKellar | If premature yellowing or leaf drop in soybeans isn’t caused by moisture stress, it could be from one of these pests or diseases.

Western bean cutworm flight: Scout dry beans for pod feeding

August 21, 2015 | Fred Springborn | Central Michigan dry bean growers should scout fields now for pod damage caused by western bean cutworms.

Management suggestions for barley yellow dwarf virus control

August 20, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Resistant varieties, weed management and timely planting can all result in limited problems from this occasional disease of small grains.

Three farms at forage field day give insight into annual forages and hay fertilization rates

August 20, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Growers learned about small grain and forage pea combinations for dairy feed, hay fertilization on a shoestring budget and advantages and challenges of including other annual forages in feed production program.

Preharvest herbicide applications are an important part of direct-harvest dry bean production

August 20, 2015 | Christy Sprague | Function, timing and rotation restrictions are important to consider when selecting a pre-harvest herbicide for dry beans.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for August 18, 2015

August 18, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | Only one site near Stevensville, Michigan, is reporting brown marmorated stink bugs in traps this week.

Focus on the market and marketing your 2015 crops: Part one

August 17, 2015 | Dennis Stein | Corn and soybean markets have over the past several weeks offered farm producers a pricing opportunity; Will they get another chance?

 

Irrigation scheduling for the end of the season

August 14, 2015 | Lyndon Kelley | Maximizing profit and returns on resource invested can be dependent on the last irrigation application.

Grazing School for Beginners offered at three locations in Michigan by MSU

August 13, 2015 | Jerry Lindquist | The Michigan State University Grazing School for Beginners will be offered at three locations across Michigan Sept. 24-25.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – August 13, 2015

August 13, 2015 | James DeDecker | Wheat harvest has wrapped up and growers turn their attention to developing corn and beans.

Applying N to tall corn: Experimenting with the Y-drop system

August 13, 2015 | George Silva | The Y-drop system may offer farmers more flexibility in their nitrogen management on corn.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | Brown marmorated stink bugs were captured from the same two hotspots again this week in Berrien and Kent counties.

Nutrient Management Update and Plot Tour features cutting edge research

August 10, 2015 | George Silva | Join us Sept. 9 to learn about MSU’s applied agronomic research programs that are addressing vital issues confronting the Michigan field crops industry such as soil health, environmental stewardship and climate change.

Time to think about cover crops after soybeans

August 7, 2015 | Dean Baas | New publication to assist soybean farmers with cover crop use.

Managing manure and the cropping system

August 6, 2015 | Tim Harrigan | The Aug. 18, 2015, manure field day will teach participants about double cropping winter and summer annuals for better feed, soil and manure management.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for August 4, 2015

August 4, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | First brown marmorated stink bugs captured this season from traps at two urban sites and one apple orchard in Berrien and Kent counties at known hotspots.


MSU’s 2015 wheat variety performance results are available

August 4, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | The Michigan State University Wheat Performance report is now available, providing invaluable information for variety selection and management.

March 2015 landowner oil and gas newsletter available

August 4, 2015 | Curtis Talley Jr. | A brief summary of articles from the March 2015 newsletter.

This summer’s final Breakfast on the Farm event is hosted in Hillsdale County

August 4, 2015 | Nichole Hersch | Have you made it to a Breakfast on the Farm this summer? Your last chance is Aug. 29!

Relief may be available for hop growers with storm damage

August 3, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Growers who experienced storm damage are encouraged to contact the Farm Service Agency.

How is your team doing

August 3, 2015 | Phil Durst | Teamwork plays a big part in your farms success.

Twospotted spider mite numbers up in hopyards

July 31, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Hot and dry weather has led to high twospotted spider mite populations in some Michigan hopyards.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015 | James DeDecker | Dry weather is setting up a timely wheat harvest, but other crops face moisture stress.

Manure management, water quality and nitrogen use efficiency highlighted during the Aug. farm tour

July 30, 2015 | Shelby Burlew | Participants in the “What’s New with Poo” bus tour will join keynote speaker, Amber Radatz from Wisconsin Discovery Farms, for lunch and discussions on manure management considerations.

Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015 | Julianna Wilson | No brown marmorated stink bugs have been found in traps in the monitoring network in the fourth week of trapping.

Crude oil supplies appear stable for the future

July 27, 2015 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Despite widespread conflict in the Middle East, world supplies and prices of crude oil are stable.


Can we help sugarbeets damaged by heavy rains recover?

June 17, 2015 | Steven Poindexter | Sugarbeets damaged from heavy rainfall often exhibit stunting, nutrient deficiency and root diseases. Managing for this often is difficult to produce positive results.

AgrAbility; a Resource for MSU Extension educators

June 17, 2015 | Beverly Berens | AgrAbility is here to help farmers in need along with the educators who work closely with these farmers.

Assessing water damage to emerged soybeans

June 17, 2015 | Mike Staton | Information to help soybean producers assess yield losses associated with ponded or waterlogged fields.

2015 Sugarbeet Cercospora leaf spot fungicide applications could start early

June 16, 2015 | Steven Poindexter | Cercospora leaf spot fungicide applications to sugarbeets may need to start earlier than normal because of environmental conditions and growth stage.

Cover crops as a livestock feed

June 12, 2015 | Frank Wardynski | Cover crops have been promoted in recent years to improve soil health. Ruminant livestock producers have opportunities to utilize cover crops as high quality feed.

Purple corn syndrome: What causes purple coloration of corn?

June 12, 2015 | George Silva | Early season stress and restricted root growth are likely contributors to early season purple coloration of corn.

Pasture walk in Mio on June 22

June 12, 2015 | Phil Durst | Pasture walks are a great way to learn and share knowledge. MSU Extension will host a pasture walk in Mio on June 22.

West central Michigan field crop regional report – June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015 | Fred Springborn | Soybean planting nearly finished and dry bean planting continues.

Central Michigan field crop regional report – June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015 | Paul Gross | Dry weather is causing some concern in central Michigan.

Michigan hop scouting report for June 10, 2015

June 11, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Downy mildew continues to be a problem for growers, with difficult spray weather and weed control issues likely contributing to the problem. Potato leafhopper are present in significant numbers and twospotted spider mites are visible at low levels.


Applying fungicides for white mold management in soybeans

June 11, 2015 | Mike Staton | Factors to consider before applying a fungicide for white mold management in soybeans.

Michigan’s hay supply is back

June 11, 2015 | Jerry Lindquist | Michigan’s hay supply is rebounding after some tough years

Wheat field meetings scheduled for 2015

June 9, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Wheat growers are invited to attend informal field meetings to discuss this season’s crop and view MSU Variety Performance trials.

Helpful tips for scouting alfalfa during the growing season – Part 2: Diseases

June 9, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | Scouting alfalfa fields for diseases can potentially boost profits and help plan for subsequent seedings.

High yield corn research bolstered by early season weather

June 8, 2015 | George Silva | High yield corn research project incorporates modern corn hybrids with non-limiting plant populations and nitrogen rates.

Hulless oats as a potential farm-grown feed grain

June 8, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Hulless oats could provide a nutrient-dense feed grain in northern Michigan areas where corn grain production is not reliable.

Management options for hopyards with downy mildew

June 5, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Downy mildew infections are widespread due to spring conditions that were ideal for fungal growth and difficult for fungicide application.

Agriculture advocacy is important 365 days of the year

June 5, 2015 | Mary Dunckel | Recognizing the abundance that agriculture provides is important and farmers are among the best advocates to help bridge the gap between consumers and modern agriculture.

First 2015 Breakfast on the Farm event scheduled for July 11 in Mason County

June 5, 2015 | Nichole Hersch | Want to enjoy a free family breakfast on a farm near you? Visit Stakenas Farms for an unforgettable learning experience.

Southwest Michigan field crop regional report – June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015 | Bruce MacKellar | The 2015 growing season is catching up from a slow start in terms of soil moisture and soil temperatures.


Central Michigan field crops regional report – June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015 | Paul Gross | With most crops planted, the focus turns to pest management.

Endophyte-free tall fescue: Should I be concerned about endophytes in forage grasses?

June 4, 2015 | Jim Isleib | What are endophytes and what impact could they have on my livestock?


Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015 | James DeDecker | Planting nears completion across northeast Michigan.

West central Michigan field crop regional report – June 4, 2015

June 4, 2015 | Fred Springborn | Corn planting is finished and dry bean planting is in full swing.


Nutrient management update and tour features innovative field crop research

June 3, 2015 | George Silva | MSU Nutrient Management Update and Plot Tour on Sept. 9, 2015, will showcase applied agronomic research on soil fertility and plant nutrition.

Wheat field day planned for June 17

June 2, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Wheat growers will learn about nutrient management, weed and disease control and wheat breeding at the 2015 Wheat Field Day on the MSU campus.

Central Michigan field crop regional report – May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015 | Paul Gross | Corn and soybean planting is wrapping up in central Michigan.

Twenty five causes of excess soluble phosphorus in Lake Erie

May 28, 2015 | Monica Day | Soluble phosphorus has been identified as one of the major contributors to the harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. Unfortunately, there is not one simple solution.

West central Michigan field crop regional report – May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015 | Fred Springborn | Corn planting has virtually finished and soybean planting is nearing completion.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015 | James DeDecker | Recent rains slowed field progress, but crop development and conditions are good.

Michigan hop scouting report for May 26, 2015

May 28, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Frost and freeze weather events set hop bines back in some Michigan locations last week. Most varieties tolerate frost well and undamaged bines have continued to expand.

Planning for a pre-sidedress soil nitrate test

May 27, 2015 | George Silva | Some basic requirements for corn growers to achieve the desired results from a pre-sidedress soil nitrate test (PSNT).

Using fungicides to suppress Fusarium head scab in wheat

May 27, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Wheat is heading in many parts of Michigan, marking the time for growers to decide whether or not to apply a fungicide to combat Fusarium head scab.

Malting barley research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula reaches across the Atlantic

May 26, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | A recent international partnership award between the United States, United Kingdom and Canada has opened the door for research and collaboration on malting barley production.


Using the alfalfa cutting tool on Enviro-weather

May 22, 2015 | Beth Bishop | Use Enviro-weather to determine when to take first cutting of alfalfa.

Collecting and submitting wheat samples

May 22, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Instructions for sampling and submitting wheat samples to receive a free diagnostic evaluation thanks to Michigan Wheat Program.

Scouting for striped rust and other leaf diseases in wheat

May 22, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Managing leaf diseases is critical for Michigan wheat growers wanting to improving yields. This season, striped rust might warrant particular attention.

Cost share funds for organic certification available

May 21, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Question: What’s more exciting than puppies, Kim Kardashian or The Voice? Answer: Dollars to offset fees associated with organic certification for Michigan growers.

Central Michigan field crops regional report – May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 | Paul Gross | Planting resumes as fields dry out in central Michigan.

West central Michigan field crop regional report – May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 | Fred Springborn | Planting and field work progressed through much of west central Michigan this week.

Got an oil or gas well on your property that is not paying you a royalty?

May 21, 2015 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Lease negotiation is one tool to reduce the likelihood of not paying the landowner when an oil and gas well may be present.

Custom machine work rate estimates available

May 21, 2015 | Dennis Stein | 2015 farm machine work rates for Michigan summary is now available.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 | James DeDecker | Planting is well ahead of schedule, but cool weather has been hard to shake.


Plan ahead for fertigation

May 20, 2015 | Lyndon Kelley | Should adding fertilizer to irrigation be a part of your management plan?

Slow crop development and tillage compaction may create need for early season irrigation

May 20, 2015 | Lyndon Kelley | Increased use of tillage to help warm soils and the delayed in killing cover crop are two additional reasons we see drier than normal planting condition


Helpful tips for scouting alfalfa during the growing season – Part 1: Insects

May 19, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | Scouting for summer problems such as insect pests can potentially save time and boost profits.

Harvest schedule for first cutting alfalfa

May 19, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | Growing degree day differences abound across Michigan in 2015 from north to south.

Identifying and responding to soybean emergence problems

May 14, 2015 | Mike Staton | Soybean producers can minimize yield losses by detecting and diagnosing emergence problems early.

Central Michigan field crop regional report – May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015 | Paul Gross | Rain slows planting progress in central Michigan.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015 | James DeDecker | Field work continues between past and predicted showers.

Michigan hop scouting report for May 11, 2015

May 13, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Hop growers are stringing hopyards around Michigan and preparing to train bines in the coming weeks.

Farmers and motorists can work together to prevent traffic collisions involving farm equipment

May 13, 2015 | Mike Staton | Motorists and farmers can use these practical recommendations to avoid traffic collisions involving farm equipment.

May 8, 2015 | Faith Cullens | Maintaining a steady flow of applicants is helpful when a position suddenly needs to be filled.

West central Michigan field crop regional report – May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015 | Fred Springborn | Planting is advancing rapidly with generally good soil conditions.

Central Michigan field crop regional report – May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015 | Paul Gross | Planting is well ahead of normal in central Michigan.

Northeast Michigan field crop regional report – May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015 | James DeDecker | A recent string of dry days allowed producers to complete seedbed preparation and make good early progress with planting.

Michigan’s Thumb area field crop regional report – May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | Planting remains in high gear for most of the Thumb region.

Training hops

May 7, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Properly timing bine training in the spring is crucial for obtaining maximum hop yields and varies by variety and location.

Feeding our crops and protecting our water with bioreactors and controlled drainage

May 7, 2015 | Tim Harrigan | Bioreactors and controlled drainage expand options for feeding our crops and protecting our water.

May 5, 2015 | Gerald May | USDA-NRCS and MSU Extension demonstrate the functionality of tall, warm-season grasses as vegetative buffers when planted next to livestock facilities.

Central Michigan field crop regional report – April 29, 2015

May 1, 2015 | Paul Gross | The 2015 planting season is off to a good start in central Michigan.

Early management horseweed control in soybeans is important

April 30, 2015 | Christy Sprague | Multiple-resistant horseweed, also called marestail, needs to be controlled prior to soybean emergence.

Improving forage productivity with assessment and planning – Part 1

April 30, 2015 | Jim Isleib | MSU forage specialist shares tips on improving forage productivity on a shoestring budget in a three-part article series, the first part focusing on assessment and planning.

Reducing soybean production costs in 2015

April 29, 2015 | Mike Staton | Recommendations for soybean producers on reacting to low commodity prices by reducing production costs without affecting yields.

West central Michigan vegetable regional report – April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015 | Ben Werling | Dry weather facilitated planting, but overall the growing season is still just starting.

Central Michigan vegetable regional report – April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015 | Fred Springborn | Improved weather over the last week allowed field work to get underway.

Southwest Michigan vegetable regional report – April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015 | Ron Goldy | Cool temperatures delay vegetable planting in southwest Michigan.

Onion pre-emergence weed control in 2015

April 29, 2015 | Bernard Zandstra | Prowl H20, a pre-emergent herbicide for onions, is expected to be in very short supply for 2015. Other options are available.

Two new Enviro-weather stations added in Allegan and Haslett

April 28, 2015 | Beth Bishop | New and replacement MSU Enviro-weather stations brings station total to 75 within Michigan.

Tips for negotiating farmland rent

April 28, 2015 | Dennis Pennington | Part four in a four part series on land rent.


Two new Enviro-weather stations added in Allegan and Haslett

April 28, 2015 | Beth Bishop | New and replacement MSU Enviro-weather stations brings station total to 75 within Michigan.

Tips for negotiating farmland rent

April 28, 2015 | Dennis Pennington | Part four in a four part series on land rent.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 | Bill Shane | Freezes last week caused little damage, cherries and peaches are blooming and warmer weather this week will speed up plants.

Northwest Michigan fruit regional report – April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 | Emily Pochubay | Growers have kicked off their insect and disease management programs for this season and predicted warm temperatures will accelerate crop development this week.

Southeast Michigan fruit regional report – April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 | Bob Tritten | Persistent cool temperatures have slowed fruit crop development and freezing temperatures last Friday morning were close to doing damage to fruit flower buds.

Vertical tillage for corn residue management

April 28, 2015 | Tim Harrigan | Low-disturbance tillage can be a valuable tool in the toolbox for field crop farmers.

Is it warm enough to plant corn?

April 28, 2015 | Marilyn Thelen | Soil and water temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit can damage corn seed and reduce yield.

How to use phosphorus wisely

April 28, 2015 | Marilyn Thelen | Soil testing and applying phosphorous at agronomic rates is the first step in phosphorus management.

Farm land rental agreements and arrangements

April 28, 2015 | Dennis Pennington | Part three in a four part series on land rent.

Think twice before using 2,4-D in grape-growing areas

April 28, 2015 | Mark Longstroth | Grape vines are very sensitive to 2,4-D, therefore MDARD has restrictions on the use of 2,4-D for several counties in southwest Michiga


The Women in Agriculture pilot project in the Greater Flint area

April 27, 2015 | Terry McLean | A pilot project, initiated by a request from women farmers in Flint and the Genesee County region in 2014, explored how to engage women in food production work by forming a supportive network.

Handy farming Internet resources for the 2015 growing season

April 27, 2015 | Marilyn Thelen | Field crop farmers can get ahead with these Michigan State University Extension online resources for a successful growing season.

Flint, Michigan area urban agriculture report – April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | Terry McLean | The first report of the season for growers in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified vegetable farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens.

Better blueberry weed control for 2015

April 24, 2015 | Bernard Zandstra | Avoid herbicide resistance and obtain better weed control in blueberries by combining tank mix partners with different modes of action.

Herbicide options for weed control in winter wheat: Things to consider

April 24, 2015 | Christy Sprague | Timely herbicide applications are important for weed control in winter wheat this spring.

2015 Status of herbicide resistant weeds in Michigan

April 24, 2015 | Erin Hill | Glyphosate and other herbicide-resistant weeds continue to spread across Michigan.


Broad-spectrum fungicides for vegetables

April 23, 2015 | Ben Phillips | Check out these broad-spectrum fungicide options available for use on multiple vegetable crops.

Managing wheat with crop protection products

April 23, 2015 | Martin Nagelkirk | Some points to consider as you make decisions about products that protect the wheat crop and farm profitability.

Control herbicide-resistant pigweeds in asparagus with alternative modes of action

April 22, 2015 | Bernard Zandstra | Applying at least two residual herbicides with different modes of action preemergence in spring and after final harvest will control resistant pigweeds and most other annual broadleaves and grasses.

Southeast Michigan fruit regional report – April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 | Bob Tritten | Warmer spring like temperatures late last week and over the weekend quickly advanced development of our fruit crops.

Northwest Michigan Fruit Regional Report - April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 | Nikki Rothwell | With the warm temperatures over the weekend, most tree fruits are showing some green tissue, but development will be slowed with the predicted cold.

What is the difference between a frost and a freeze?

April 21, 2015 | Mark Longstroth | The dew point and wind conditions impact how likely a freeze will be damaging. Cold, cloudy windy conditions can limit damage.

Foal care: The first few hours of life

April 21, 2015 | Tom Guthrie | The first few hours of life are a very critical time frame for the overall health and wellbeing of a newborn foal.

Southwest Michigan Fruit Report – April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 | Brad Baughman | Stone fruit bloom has begun. Cooler weather should slow plants down with frost risk towards the weekend.

Use Precision Cropload Management tools to target apple crop load

April 21, 2015 | Philip Schwallier | Try these tools to take the worry out of apple thinning.

West Michigan tree fruit regional report – April 21, 2015

April 21, 2015 | Amy Irish-Brown | We are off to the races for the 2015 season.

Repairing harvest ruts this spring

April 17, 2015 | Mike Staton | Recommendations for repairing harvest ruts prior to planting without causing further soil compaction.

Michigan producers should carefully monitor corn grain quality in storage

April 17, 2015 | Bruce MacKellar | Last season’s cooler than normal temperatures caused lower than normal test weights.

Managing the farming system to feed our crops and protect our water

April 17, 2015 | Tim Harrigan | Integrating conservation practices throughout the farming system can keep crop nutrients in the root zone and out of waterways.

Michigan youth create service projects to benefit Michigan AgrAbility

April 17, 2015 | Bev Berens | Michigan AgrAbility, a partnership between MSU Extension and Michigan Easter Seals, has reached clients in all regions of this state and it’s not just adults taking notice.

Spring into warmer weather with MSU Extension news digest/newsletters

April 17, 2015 | Morgan Stulpe | Signing up for MSU Extension news digests will help professionals and consumers learn about specific topics and interests.

Southwest Michigan field crop regional report – April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 | Bruce MacKellar | Field preparation work is progressing in southwest Michigan and winter annual weeds are off to a really slow start.

Why should you consider marketing your plants as bee-friendly? – Part 2

April 16, 2015 | Heidi Wollaeger | Despite the confusion around the term “bee-friendly,” retailers might be able to garner a premium price for plants labeled bee-friendly.

Bee-friendly plants and pest management strategies – Part 1

April 16, 2015 | Heidi Wollaeger | What does “bee-friendly” mean and how can ornamental plant growers produce plants that are safe for pollinators?

Control Cooley and Eastern spruce gall adelgids on spruce before bud break

April 16, 2015 | Jill O’Donnell | Optimal timing for Cooley and Eastern spruce gall adelgid insecticide applications should be early in the spring before adelgids are mature and lay eggs.

Control balsam twig aphids in Christmas trees by targeting stem mothers

April 16, 2015 | Jill O’Donnell | Balsam twig aphid feeding causes new growth to curl and become distorted. Time insecticides to control the stem mother.

Spring Pasture Management for 2015

April 16, 2015 | Kevin Gould | Managing the forage resource to better manage and extend grazing opportunities.

Where else do spotted wing Drosophila like to feed?

April 15, 2015 | Rufus Isaacs | New online resource provides a list of non-crop host plants of spotted wing Drosophila in North America.

Managing hop downy mildew early in the season is critical

April 15, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Scout consistently, remove infected shoots and utilize a protectant fungicide management strategy to mitigate early and severe infection risks.

Own up to your role as an employee manager

April 15, 2015 | Phil Durst | Instead of just putting up with the task of managing employees, take ownership for it and making it a strength of the operation.

Projected commodity prices impact farms margins and rent

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Pennington | Part two in a four part series on land rent.

Southwest Michigan fruit regional report – April 14, 2015

April 14, 2015 | Mark Longstroth | Last week’s warm rain has greened up turf and plants are moving quickly.

Insect pests of vegetables webinar now available

April 13, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Learn more about major pests of vegetables, how they damage crops and the signs they leave behind in a new Online Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy webinar.

Squash vine borer biology and management

April 13, 2015 | Ben Phillips | Squash vine borer moth can be disastrous for small-scale vegetables growers and a nuisance for large-scale producers.

Profile of a planting-time pest: Seedcorn maggot in vegetables

April 10, 2015 | Ben Werling | Prepare at planting time to avoid maggot pests in vegetables.

Honey bee pest and disease diagnostic services could be coming to MSU

April 9, 2015 | Ben Phillips | Michigan State University is asking beekeepers to weigh in on a potential honey bee pest and disease identification service.


April is National Foot Health Awareness Month

April 8, 2015 | Diana Fair | If you have diabetes, healthy feet are a priority.

Pets need safe food too

April 8, 2015 | Michelle Jarvie | Foodborne illness can affect pets and humans alike.

6-5-3-3-2 = The combination to eating healthy

April 8, 2015 | Tracie Abram | Learn a simple combination to understanding how much food to eat from each food group.

Kitchen spring cleaning – part 2

April 8, 2015 | Jane Hart | Cleaning your appliances.

Former Michigan 4-H members comprise successful MSU Collegiate Livestock Judging Team

April 6, 2015 | Julie Thelen | Eight former 4-H members from eight counties are learning and competing through MSU’s Collegiate Livestock Judging Team.


Blooming chocolate

March 20, 2015 | Jeannie Nichols | Some sweet tips to keep your chocolate from blooming, and if it does what to do about it.

“Cool” vegetables for you to grow this spring

March 20, 2015 | Rebecca Krans | Start your gardening season earlier by planting cool season vegetables, which prefer lower temperatures for seed germination and plant growth. Some crops can be seeded together.

Major amendments to the Freedom of Information Act require local government attention now

March 20, 2015 | Kurt H. Schindler | In late 2014, the Freedom of Information Act was amended, changing how information requests are charged. In order for a local government to be able to charge anything public bodies need to adopt FOIA policies and guidelines before July 1, 2015.

Celebrate Easter with locally-produced eggs

March 19, 2015 | Kendra Wills | Michigan hens lay about 227 million eggs each year, so you can support local food production by purchasing local eggs.

Stats show that foreclosure counseling can help you keep your home

March 19, 2015 | Brenda Long | Distressed homeowners counseled by Michigan State University Extension in Ionia County received $1.4 Million in assistance to keep 275 homes during the past five years.


Don’t choke!

March 6, 2015 | Jane Hart | Take caution and know what to do if someone near you is choking.

Great Lakes Education Program celebrates its 25th year—don’t miss the boat

March 6, 2015 | Steve Stewart | The Great Lakes Education Program begins its 25th year of advancing Great Lakes literacy among K-12 students throughout Southeast Michigan having introduced more than 100,000 participants to the unique wonders of the Great Lakes.

Fat facts

March 6, 2015 | Pamela Daniels | Identifying the big three: saturated, unsaturated and Trans fats.

Food safety is part of a healthy lifestyle

March 5, 2015 | Jeannie Nichols | The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sponsors March as National Nutrition Month to inspire citizens to make intelligent food choices for a healthy lifestyle.

Winter tests limits of plant cold hardiness

March 5, 2015 | Bert Cregg | Extreme weather for the past two years follows nearly two decades of mild winters.


Ice on putting greens

March 2, 2015 | Kevin Frank | Ice sheets have once again formed on putting greens this winter and damage to turfgrass may occur.

National Frozen Food Month

March 1, 2015 | Jane Hart | Celebrate Frozen Food Month and Frozen Food Day.

What is the buzz with all of these fitness gadgets?

February 27, 2015 | Imelda Galdamez | Is this fitness device right for me?

It’s tax time: Are you getting a refund or do you owe?

February 26, 2015 | LaShawn Brown | There are a few different angles you should consider during tax time.

Reading is more than just fundamental - it’s a necessity!

February 26, 2015 | Gail Innis | Help your child become a success in school and a success in life; read, read, read!


Improving your share of the market doesn’t always take a big change

February 23, 2015 | Ron Goldy | Increasing your bottom line may not require adding a completely new skill set. It may mean just using the skills you already possess to provide crops to a new customer base.

Michigan aquatic invasive species featured during February 22-28 National Invasive Species Awareness

February 22, 2015 | Bindu Bhakta | This week is designed to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species.

Visit the upcoming Lansing Home and Garden Show, March 19-22, 2015

February 20, 2015 | Diane Brown | Take an early step into spring at the Lansing Home and Garden Show and get great money- and time-saving tips for smart gardening.

Food recalls: Are you following directions? – part 2

February 20, 2015 | Lisa Treiber | Ignoring food recalls may lead to foodborne illness or an allergic reaction.

Celebrate the sheep industry with National Lamb Month

February 19, 2015 | Julie Thelen | Wool, meat and milk are celebrated in February for National Lamb Month.


Prevent ethylene and carbon monoxide from occurring in your greenhouse

February 16, 2015 | Tom Dudek | Ethylene from malfunctioning greenhouse heaters may lead to crop injury. Carbon monoxide can lead to worker illness. Know the symptoms and how to check greenhouse heaters to avoid the concern.

Best way to store and care for firewood

February 13, 2015 | Gretchen Voyle | Treating and storing firewood well will keep you warm and happy.

Heart-healthy tips for families during Heart-Healthy Month

February 11, 2015 | Michelle Neff | In preparation for Valentine’s Day, hearts can be seen everywhere this month. But it isn’t the sweet candies or the heart-shaped cupcakes that make our heart healthy – explore how you can keep your kids and family heart-healthy this February.

Global citizenship education: The Chinese New Year

February 11, 2015 | Jan Brinn | Chinese New Year is February 19. Use these fun, hands-on activities to learn about another culture and have a discussion about global citizenship!

Portion control – refocus on the goal of weight loss

February 10, 2015 | Eileen Haraminac | While it might not be easy to manage, weight loss following the holidays and special events can be achieved. Apply these “put it back in focus” ideas to help you reach a healthy weight.


Protect your health this flu season

February 6, 2015 | Dawn Earnesty | Protecting yourself and others against seasonal illness through immune boosting nutrition.

Keeping your heart healthy: Five steps to keep you on track

February 5, 2015 | Eileen Haraminac | February is a great time to check resources to keep your heart healthy and review the steps to preventing heart disease.

A veggie Valentine

February 4, 2015 | Jeannie Nichols | Valentine poems serve many purposes. They can send loving messages or bring a smile or laugh. This veggie Valentine poem hopefully brings a smile and if you keep reading, there are five tips on fruits and veggies.

Frozen fun

February 4, 2015 | Sarah Sleziak Johnson | Take advantage of freezing temperatures and head outside for some activities that can only be done when temps are cold.

Carbon monoxide: Winter’s silent killer

February 3, 2015 | Terry Gibb | Two-thirds of all carbon monoxide deaths (non-fire related) occur in November, December, January and February. Reports to Fire Departments nationwide averaged 72,000 annually between 2006 and 2010.


MSU Extension News replaced CAT Alerts

January 28, 2015 | Ben Phillips | The old CAT Alert system is still in place, but its name has changed to Michigan State University Extension News.

Tackle your Super Bowl party with food safety plays

January 26, 2015 | Lisa Treiber | Following these food safety rules will keep fans safe and make you the winner!

Top four strategies for keeping your 4-H animal projects healthy in cold weather

January 26, 2015 | Julie Thelen | Use these four steps to help keep your 4-H animals healthy during the long Michigan winters.

Have you had your flu shot?

January 23, 2015 | Diana Fair | It’s not too late to still get a flu shot. Flu season typically runs from October until February, but influenza can be contracted at any time of the year.

Four steps to a Storm Ready Home

January 21, 2015 | Jeannie Nichols | Make your home a Storm Ready Home by following four simple steps.

Health insurance and the 2015 tax season: Part 1

January 15, 2015 | Brenda Long | If you had health insurance in 2014, learn what to expect when filing your income taxes for the year.

Who is talking climate and hydrofluorocarbons?

January 15, 2015 | Andy Northrop | Annual BBC reports summarize climate change and international actions to reducing a leading greenhouse gas.

IPM: Smart pest management for the vegetable garden

January 15, 2015 | Diane Brown | Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an integral part of a smart garden.

Winter asthma – don’t let it take your breath away

January 15, 2015 | Pamela Daniels | Tips on improving inside air.

The three R’s of good weed control

January 12, 2015 | Ron Goldy | Getting good weed control with herbicides can be a frustrating experience. Reducing that frustration is possible by using the 3-R principle – the right product, the right rate and the right time.


Thinking about a change? Part 3: Making changes – you are in the action stage

January 8, 2015 | Christi Demitz | Use your action plan to keep you on track to reach your goal.

Apply by January 9 to be a 2015 Michigan Dairy Ambassador!

January 7, 2015 | Melissa Elischer | The Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program provides youth with a professional development and scholarship opportunity.

When to harvest switchgrass

January 6, 2015 | Dennis Pennington | Switchgrass should be harvested once in the fall, after killing frost, for biofuel production.

Keeping New Year’s resolutions

January 6, 2015 | Diana Fair | Most people are often encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions. So, where do you start?

Thinking about a change? Part 2: You know you can change – the preparation stage

January 6, 2015 | Christi Demitz | Once you have made up your mind to change, you are half way to reaching your goal!

Soup’s on – January is National Soup Month

January 1, 2015 | Pamela Daniels | Tips to reduce sodium.

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