EAST LANSING, Mich. — Early season wet and cold conditions followed by more than a week of heavy rainfall and, more recently, thunderstorms every few days has led to significant field work and planting delays across southern Michigan. Planting progress in some southwestern counties continue to be less than 10-15% for corn and even less for soybeans. There are several things to consider if delays continue past the crop insurance deadlines coming up in early to mid-June. To learn more about this topic, join the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, via Zoom with Michigan State University Extension farm management educator Roger Betz.
Betz will discuss what you might want to consider when evaluating late planting options compared to taking the prevented planting provision of crop insurance. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the meeting. Jeff Andresen, MSU’s agricultural meteorologist, will also provide an updated outlook for weather during the next two weeks, which will be critical in these decisions.
MSU field crops entomologist Chris DiFonzo, our originally scheduled speaker, will join us Aug. 1 for a full discussion on developments in field crop insect control.
Participating is easy!
You can join using your computer or mobile device (audio and visual) following the Zoom link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/552324349. Or, call in from your phone (audio only) by dialing 669-900-6833 and enter meeting ID 552-324-349.
To receive a weekly email reminder of the Virtual Breakfast, sign up at http://eepurl.com/gm-PIv. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time.
Can’t make it Thursday morning? Watch the recording!
For those who cannot join on Thursdays at 7 a.m., the Virtual Breakfast sessions will be recorded for later viewing with closed-captioning on the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage. Podcasts are also available on the following platforms: iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify.
Scheduled topics and dates
Note that these may change to cover breaking pest and weather situations.
- April 25 – Early season weed control with Christy Sprague
- May 2 – Corn and soybean planting with Manni Singh
- May 9 – Early soil fertility with Kurt Steinke
- May 16 – Alfalfa seeding and cutting management with Kim Cassida
- May 23 – Fusarium head blight control in wheat with Dennis Pennington
- May 30 – Delayed planting vs prevented planting with Roger Betz
- June 6 – Late season weed control with Erin Burns
- June 13 – Identifying mid-season soybean issues with Mike Staton
- June 20 – Managing tar spot with Martin Chilvers
- June 27 – Irrigation scheduling with Steve Miller and Lyndon Kelley
- July 4 – No call, Fourth of July
- July 11 – Nematode management with Marisol Quintanilla
- July 18 – Cover crop management with Dean Baas
- July 25 – Managing sugar beet pests with Daniel Bublitz
- Aug 1 – Insect management with Chris DiFonzo
- Aug 8 – Plant disease update with Martin Chilvers
- Aug 15 – Industrial hemp with Kurt Thelen
- Aug 22– Corn silage disease and quality management with Manni Singh
- Aug 29 – Harvesting weed seeds with Erin Hill
- Sept 5 – Calibrating yield monitors with Dennis Pennington
— Bruce MacKellar, Michigan State University Extension
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