January 17, 2017 | Heidi Lindberg | Frequently asked questions regarding the new Worker Protection Standards requirements for medical evaluations and fit testing for respirator use.
January 16, 2017 | George Silva | The pesticide manual review session is a helpful training exercise for the MDARD certification exam to become licensed applicators.
January 12, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Training programs help growers comply with changes to the Worker Protection Standards.
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.
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.
January 6, 2017 | Bob Battel | Participants will gain an overview of what it takes to produce and market quality maple products.
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.
January 3, 2017 | Mike Staton | New research results and recommendations for managing irrigated corn and soybeans will be presented at program in Shipshewana, Indiana.
January 3, 2017 | Dean Baas | Michigan and Midwest cover crop information is now easier to access.
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.
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.
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.
December 27, 2016 | Mike Staton | Maximize farm income by selecting high-yielding and pest-resistant soybean varieties.
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.
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.
December 23, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Six area meeting hosted by Agri-business provides irrigation update for Michigan irrigators.
December 19, 2016 | James DeDecker | Pesticide applicators in Michigan can now keep their certifications current with minimal investment in time and travel.
December 19, 2016 | James DeDecker | MSU Extension and ADM Edible Bean partnered to test eight dry bean varieties in an on-farm observation trial.
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.
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.
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.
December 15, 2016 | Mike Staton | The latest research results and recommendations for managing field crops will be presented at five educational programs in 2017.
December 15, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | Drought stress through much of the state impacted yields, but overall, disease pressure and pre-harvest sprout were down.
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.
December 15, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Depending on weather, available equipment and labor, beef farmers can choose the system that fits best.
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.
December 5, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | The only authentic working Dutch windmill outside of the Netherlands strives to be more than just a tourist attraction.
December 5, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | Institutional stakeholders will get a first-hand glimpse at the Michigan dry bean supply chain.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 10, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Another superfruit for midwest growers?
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.
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.
November 8, 2016 | George Silva | Fall is a good time to adapt fertilizer best practices following a drought year.
November 4, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Walking fields of young wheat stands can help critique a grain drill’s performance and settings.
November 4, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Sign up soon, only a limited number of sponsorships and vendor spaces are available.
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.
November 3, 2016 | Paul Gross | Marketing series offers strategies to optimize farm profitability.
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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2016 | Monica Jean | Michigan’s Upper Peninsula reported adequate field crop yields despite a dry July and wet fall.
October 17, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Considering growing hops? Ensure your business model is sustainable.
October 17, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | The long-awaited Spartan barley will soon be featured at New Holland’s Pub in Holland, Mich.
October 14, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | Do fall-established cover crops impact corn silage yields?
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.
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.
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.
October 7, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Putting a fire plan in place can keep a busy harvest season from going up in smoke.
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.
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.
October 3, 2016 | Mike Staton | Specific recommendations for reducing losses and improving efficiency when harvesting lodged soybeans.
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.
September 30, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Producers who paid for organic certification are eligible for reimbursement through MDARD.
September 29, 2016 | Dennis Pennington | There are many benefits from collecting yield data. Take the time to calibrate your monitor properly.
September 29, 2016 | Dennis Pennington | Accurate calibration yields accurate data. Take time to calibrate your yield monitor as you start harvest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 22, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | What they are, why stink bugs are entering houses, and what you can do about them.
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.
September 21, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | The 61st Annual Hop Convention is slated for Jan.18-20, 2017.
September 19, 2016 | George Silva | The Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update for Agribusiness will highlight new threats and 2017 MSU recommendations.
September 19, 2016 | Christina Curell | Simple steps to determine soil infiltration rate.
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.
September 13, 2016 | Dennis Pennington | As wheat fall planting nears, growers should review wheat stripe rust biology and management.
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.
September 13, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Michigan’s 2016 corn crop is maturing ahead of schedule in spite of the late start.
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.
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.
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.
September 8, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Under current environmental conditions, symptoms of virus in hopyards have become visible.
September 8, 2016 | Mike Staton | Reduce shatter losses and plugging problems associated with green stems in soybeans.
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.
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.
August 31, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Lab analysis of hop samples is the best way to determine optimum harvest date.
August 31, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Late August and early September rain often make late season irrigation decision easy.
August 29, 2016 | Martin Chilvers | Now is the time to begin scouting for corn ear molds. New corn disease management guides are available.
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.
August 29, 2016 | Eric Anderson | Recent precipitation has improved the crop outlook, but diligent pest scouting continues to be important as crops approach maturity.
August 26, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.
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.
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.
August 23, 2016 | Bruce MacKellar | Storm-damaged wild cherry trees could pose threat to livestock grazing in pastures.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
August 19, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 10, 2016 | Marissa Schuh | New pests appear as harvest season ramps up.
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.
August 9, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Greenhouse growers should be scouting their mums for chrysanthemum aphids now.
August 9, 2016 | Bob Tritten | Drought conditions continue at most farms. Harvest continues for peaches, summer apples, plums, blueberries, blackberries and fall raspberries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 8, 2016 | Erin Hill | Look for mature seeds before submitting weed samples for herbicide resistance screening.
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.
August 8, 2016 | Randy Bell | Confusion continues among consumers regarding what “organic” means.
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.
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.
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.
August 3, 2016 | Roberto Lopez | Be prepared this season by recognizing some of the common ornamental cabbage and kale disorders and pests.
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.
August 3, 2016 | Marissa Schuh | Despite the season’s dry conditions, harvest continues for many vegetables in our region.
August 3, 2016 | Ben Werling | Home gardeners can help our pickle growers by keeping an eye out for cucurbit downy mildew.
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.
August 3, 2016 | Ron Goldy | This is the week vine crop plantings could be at risk for downy mildew.
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.
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.
August 2, 2016 | Kevin Gould, Dr. Dan Buskirk | Nominations for this year's Bull Evaluation Program have been announced.
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.
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.
August 2, 2016 | Bill Shane | Veraison is starting in grapes. Many late-season pests are flying. Blueberry, peach and plum harvest continues.
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.
August 2, 2016 | Fred Springborn | Begin scouting central and northern Michigan dry beans for western bean cutworms.
August 2, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | The Michigan State University Wheat Performance report is now available, providing invaluable information for variety selection and management.
August 2, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Soybeans irrigation at reproductive stage R-3 has the greatest potential yield advantage.
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.
August 1, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Three new videos highlight how gardeners and landscapers can protect and foster the environment through their landscapes.
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.
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.
July 29, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Fruit and vegetable growers in the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting for brown marmorated stink bug this season.
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.
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.
July 28, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Summer alfalfa seedings can have advantages and disadvantages.
July 27, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Continued hot and dry weather is impacting pickling cucumbers. Irrigated fruiting vegetables are ripening quickly before putting on size.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 26, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Weather continues to be hot and dry across the region. Tart cherry harvest is in full swing.
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.
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.
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.
July 26, 2016 | Amy Irish-Brown | Apple harvest will begin in about one month – are you prepared?
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.
July 26, 2016 | John Wise | Insecticide selections should include consideration of apple maggots when present.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 22, 2016 | M. Charles Gould | Potential opportunities for growers.
July 22, 2016 | M. Charles Gould | Dairy farmer will explain how energy efficiency practices and a renewable energy project have reduced energy expenses.
July 22, 2016 | M. Charles Gould | Turkey producer addresses the impact of energy efficiency practices implemented on farm during tour.
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.
July 22, 2016 | Christine Skelly | Providing water, shade and proper cool down after exercise can help prevent heat stress in horses.
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.
July 21, 2016 | Terry McLean | Growers are continuing to irrigate crops and hoping for rain to fall this weekend in the Flint area.
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.
July 20, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Harvest is picking up for most summer crops, with limited pest pressure overall.
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.
July 20, 2016 | Ben Werling | Updates on asparagus, cucurbit, onion and sweet corn pest management.
July 20, 2016 | Ron Goldy | Dry weather has been helpful for irrigated crops, but stressful for non-irrigated.
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.
July 19, 2016 | Mark Longstroth | Blueberry harvest is in full swing. Spotted wing Drosophila numbers are climbing. Most soils are very dry.
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.
July 19, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Explore ways to prevent, detect and alleviate soil compaction.
July 19, 2016 | Kendra Wills | July is cherry month and the crop is abundant this year in spite of recent storms.
July 18, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Hot, dry weather can lead to increased challenges on alfalfa fields due to insect damage.
July 18, 2016 | Heidi Wollaeger | Numerous online, noncredit courses are available to greenhouse growers this summer and fall.
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.
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.
July 18, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Corn’s water needs peak in July as irrigators fill in where rainfall falls short.
July 18, 2016 | Jerry Lindquist | MSU’s popular Grazing School will be offered at three locations across Michigan in September.
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
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.
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.
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.
July 15, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Numbers continue to climb throughout the monitoring network; susceptible crops need to be protected.
July 15, 2016 | Adam Kantrovich | The development of risk management plans for farms should include consideration of crop insurance or NAP buy-up coverage.
July 15, 2016 | Kathy Lee | These performance indicators can be used to benchmark production, reproduction, genetics and udder health status in your dairy herd.
July 15, 2016 | Katelyn Thompson | Several marketing options for cow-calf producers to consider.
July 15, 2016 | Katelyn Thompson | The six key sections to include in your business plan.
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.
July 15, 2016 | Paul Gross | Understanding the impact of rainfall in various tillage and cropping systems.
July 14, 2016 | Ashley McFarland | As popularity grows for locally sourced grain for craft beer, quality remains a top priority.
July 14, 2016 | James DeDecker | Several crops are entering the reproductive stages of development, which are critical for yield.
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.
July 13, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Potato leafhopper numbers are up and European red mites are visible in Michigan chestnut orchards.
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.
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.
July 13, 2016 | Fred Springborn | Tomato and potato growers should be protecting crops with fungicides to prevent late blight.
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.
July 13, 2016 | Ben Werling | Cucurbit downy mildew is in east Michigan, and more insects have been on the move.
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.
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.
July 12, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Disease pressure remains low and leaf-feeding pests are few. Apply contact insecticides now to control grape berry moth.
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.
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.
July 12, 2016 | Mark Longstroth | Quick action by growers can reduce losses in fruit plantings damaged by storms.
July 12, 2016 | Amy Irish-Brown | Tree fruit harvest is underway for sweet and tart cherries and apricots.
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.
July 12, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | With the recent storms that moved through northwest Michigan, growers should assess damage to determine future management strategies.
July 12, 2016 | Beth Bishop | Two new Enviro-weather stations have been added in Oceana County in 2016.
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.
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.
July 11, 2016 | Mary Hausbeck | Downy mildew has been confirmed in Michigan cucumbers in Bay County for 2016 season.
July 8, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Numbers are up throughout the network this week; susceptible crops need to be protected.
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.
July 8, 2016 | Jill O’Donnell | Browning interior needles caused by Lirula macrospora are being found on Black hills spruce.
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.
July 7, 2016 | Frank Wardynzski | Beef cow-calf production is a popular business venture for many beginning farmers. Good production management practices is critical.
July 7, 2016 | Mary Hausbeck | Downy mildew is most likely in Michigan too, but hasn’t been confirmed yet for 2016.
July 7, 2016 | Suzanne Pish | One Extension intern spent her time with Belgian Blues.
July 7, 2016 | Stan Moore | It's not always easy to part ways with an employee. These steps will ensure you're prepared.
July 7, 2016 | Lyndon Kelley | Water use will be lower than expected for early July due to less mature crops.
July 7, 2016 | Mary Hausbeck | Michigan potatoes infected with late blight have been found. Tomato growers should also be on alert for this disease.
July 7, 2016 | Ronald Bates | Inaugural event to provide in-depth focus on soil health.
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.
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.
July 6, 2016 | Ron Goldy | Harvest activity is increasing, but so are insect and disease pressures.
July 6, 2016 | Zach Robertson | MSU Agriculture Innovation Day to feature smoking soil and more from experts
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.
July 6, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | Why do we still use a 250 soybean aphid threshold?
July 6, 2016 | Christina DiFonzo | Recent dry conditions could increase spider mite populations in corn and soybean.
July 6, 2016 | Martin Nagelkirk | Some reminders for wheat growers as they look forward to harvest.
July 5, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Tart cherry harvest is in full swing in southwest Michigan.
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.
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.
July 5, 2016 | Erin Hill | Learn more about methods and equipment for establishing cover crops at MSU Agricultural Innovations Day on August 24.
July 5, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Cherry harvest is underway, and rain is needed to help fruit size.
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.
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.
June 30, 2016 | Monica Day | Meet a mid-Michigan family embarking on an ambitious farm transition plan into a prairie-raised bison farm.
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.
June 29, 2016 | Christina Curell | Simple steps to determine worm populations in your field.
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.
June 29, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | MDARD has partnered with the Metro Institute to offer computer-based testing for state pesticide certification exams.
June 29, 2016 | Ben Phillips | Weather has been too dry for unirrigated vegetables, especially on sandier ground.
June 29, 2016 | Ben Werling | Insect pest activity is continuing in west Michigan vegetables.
June 28, 2016 | Julianna Wilson | Traps are detecting spotted wing Drosophila throughout the network; susceptible crops need to be protected.
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.
June 28, 2016 | Brad Baughman | Grape berries are beginning to size, disease incidence remains relatively low and treatment date for grape berry moth approaches.
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.
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.
June 28, 2016 | Emily Pochubay | Spotted wing Drosophila management is underway in susceptible fruit crops, and sweet cherry harvest will begin early next week.
June 28, 2016 | Emily Pochubay | Many options are available for mite control in Michigan cherries.
June 28, 2016 | Nikki Rothwell | Follow these recommendations when applying ethephon to cherries.
June 28, 2016 | Carlos Garcia-Salazar | Spotted wing Drosophila continues arriving on small fruit crops and last week it was found reproducing in strawberries.
June 28, 2016 | Amy Irish-Brown | All tree fruits are progressing nicely this season.
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.
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.
June 24, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Japanese beetles have begun emerging in hopyards as far north as west central Michigan.
June 24, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Adult Japanese beetle activity is being reported as far north as west central Michigan.
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.
June 23, 2016 | Mike Staton | Tips for identifying and correcting manganese deficiency, a common nutrient deficiency in Michigan soybean fields.
June 23, 2016 | Bruce MacKellar | Crop conditions look good throughout much of the region, and recent rain has helped alleviate dry conditions (for most).
June 23, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Tour will feature on-farm visits with farmers, experts, and industry professionals.
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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2016 | Mike Staton | Fine-tuning soybean seeding rates can help producers reduce production costs in 2016.
March 29, 2016 | Christina Curell | Six field practices can protect water quality from herbicide applications.
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.
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.
March 23, 2016 | Diane Brown | Hop growers should be aware of several changes for pesticides registered for use in 2016.
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.
March 22, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Find out what defines a craft brewer compared to a non-craft brewer.
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.
March 21, 2016 | Rob Sirrine | Annual MSU Extension survey documents growth in hop production.
March 17, 2016 | James DeDecker | MSU researchers placed cages in fields to measure yield loss from deer feeding on soybeans.
March 11, 2016 | Ron Goldy | Improper pH and higher than adequate nutrient levels are reasons for regular soil testing.
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.
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.
March 9, 2016 | Curtis Talley | According to the Act, severed mineral rights can revert to the current surface owner.
March 8, 2016 | Paul Gross | Red clover cover crop adds benefits to your rotation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 10, 2016 | Mike Staton | Research results and recommendations for managing irrigated soybeans will be presented at the Feb. 29, 2016, program.
February 10, 2016 | Michael G. Kaufman | How concerned should Michiganders be about being infected with the Zika virus? An MSU entomologist responds.
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.
February 8, 2016 | Jim Isleib | Though not widely practiced, no-till cropping systems have potential on some Upper Peninsula farms.
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.
February 1, 2016 | Ronald Kinnunen | Several million pounds of commercial fish waste are generated in Michigan each year.
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.
January 29, 2016 | Marilyn Thelen | Disease management in field crops will be discussed at the Feb. 29, 2016, Field Crops Webinar Series webinar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 18, 2016 | Mariel Borgman | In Michigan, the International Year of Pulses means the International Year of Dry Beans.
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.
January 11, 2016 | Phil Kaatz | Recent forage research from Michigan State University will be featured at six locations in February and early March 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 23, 2015 | Mike Staton | Participants will learn new information about pest and crop management research and practices in field crops.
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.
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.
December 22, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | U.P. researchers are investigating that question and more
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.
December 21, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Eastern U.S. industry experts offer hop growing advice to over 125 attendees.
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.
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.
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.
December 18, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | Farmers are urged to complete a brief survey to share their experiences with malting barley production.
December 17, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Know the facts about the magnesium levels in your soil before deciding if you should use dolomitic lime.
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.
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.
December 15, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Online trainings offered to new farmers provide valuable start-up information on general farming topics.
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.
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.
December 8, 2015 | George Silva | Educational resources providing valuable information to veterans seeking agriculture-based careers are now available.
December 8, 2015 | Ashley McFarland | Malting barley research in Michigan goes from field to glass.
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.
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.
December 2, 2015 | Erin Lizotte | Free pest scouting bulletins are now available to field crop, greenhouse, vegetable and perennial crop producers.
December 1, 2015 | Steve Lovejoy | MSU Mechanical Engineering students help AgrAbilty through capstone project.
November 30, 2015 | Mike Staton | Maximize farm income by selecting high-yielding and pest-resistant soybean varieties.
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.
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.
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.
November 23, 2015 | Dennis Stein | Announcement of annual tax adjustments have been released with some changes and some staying the same.
November 18, 2015 | Phil Kaatz | Six meetings are scheduled in December to provide results from the 2015 growing season.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2015 | Curtis Talley, Jr. | Midwest cropland lease rates declining with slight shift to flexible leases.
November 16, 2015 | Charles Gould | Helping Michigan farmers reduce their energy expenses is the focus of one-day workshops being held around the state.
November 16, 2015 | Beth Stuever | Michigan residents can help determine where Extension faculty and staff members should place their emphasis.
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.
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.
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.
November 9, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Sign up soon, only a limited number of sponsorships and vendor spaces are available.
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.
November 4, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Second annual Michigan Craft Beer Tasting and Food Pairing Reception.
November 3, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | The National Hop Quality Group now accepting hop samples for the fourth Annual Cascade Cup!
November 3, 2015 | Christina Curell | How to determine the value of soil health.
November 3, 2015 | Christina Curell | Now is the time for producers to plan their pesticide storage for the winter.
November 2, 2015 | Paul Gross | Marketing series offers strategies to optimize farm profitability.
November 2, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and Rancher grants due Dec. 3, 2015.
October 28, 2015 | Christy Sprague | Consider the potential benefits and drawbacks to fall herbicide applications in winter wheat.
October 28, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Thinking through the process before you start prepping a field for crop production can help avoid future problems.
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.
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.
October 26, 2015 | Jim Isleib | Farmers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are finding crop conditions in 2015 warmer and drier than last year.
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.
October 26, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | National and international speakers to headline GL EXPO hop session.
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.
October 22, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | Save the date for MSU Extension’s premier craft beer supply conference March 16-17, 2016.
October 22, 2015 | Rob Sirrine | United States hop inventory down from 2014.
October 21, 2015 | Rufus Isaacs | Handy, new, pocket-sized guide will help gardeners, farmers and landscapers support bee species.