MSU Extension Online Crop and Forage Highlights Scheduled for March 14th and 21st
Producers and agribusiness professionals who haven’t been able to travel to Michigan State University Extension’s recent winter programs have no need to worry. On Thursday evenings March 14th and 21st MSUE will offer Online Crop and Forage Highlights addressing key production points for 2013 in a condensed virtual format. These programs will run from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm EST and can be viewed independently online at no cost over a high-speed internet connection. Those unable to access the programs online can attend one of several group viewing sites throughout the state for $10 per person.
The March 14th program will focus on enhancing corn and small grain systems in the coming season by addressing emerging production and pest management issues. Presentations will include tips for maximizing corn production from Purdue University corn specialist Dr. Bob Nielsen, small grain production pointers from MSUE educators Martin Nagelkirk and Jim Isleib, a weed management report from Dr. Christy Sprague of MSU, and an insect pest update by MSU Extension’s Bruce MacKellar. Viewing sites for this event will be available in Bellaire, Benton Harbor, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Monroe, Ontonagon, Rogers City, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Johns, Tustin, and West Branch.
The March 21st program will address agronomic, economic and environmental aspects of forage systems. Purdue’s Dr. Bob Nielsen will give a presentation on corn silage production, followed by Dr. Kim Cassida of MSU Extension and her discussion of drought recovery management for forages, a presentation on cost of production by MSU Extension’s Phil Kaatz, and an introduction to MAEAP verification for forage and livestock systems by Josh Appleby. Viewing sites for March 21st will be available in Bellaire, Benton Harbor, Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Ionia, L’Anse, Monroe, Rogers City, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Johns, Tustin, and West Branch.