Build Your Arsenal for the 2017 Growing Season

Michigan State University Extension provides farmers with information and resources for a successful growing season.

Having the right tools for the job is essential for success.  Following are some of the tools every farmer should have in their toolbox going into the 2017 growing season. Save these links as favorites and you will have resources at your fingertips!

Save the link to MSU Extension news to visit daily for updates on field crops in Michigan during the growing season or sign up for MSU News and timely articles will be e-mail to you

Greater yield in the field – MSU Soil Fertility Research is the go-to place for science-based research and extension information that improves crop production, increases the ecological efficiency, and incorporates progressive nutrient management strategies for production agricultural systems.  This site is also home for the MSU Fertilizer Recommendations, used to obtain MSU Fertilizer recommendations when soil test are conducted by commercial labs or planting plans change.  It also is home to the Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator used to fine-tune nitrogen application rates. The bulletin, MSU Nutrient Recommendations for Field Crops in Michigan (E-2904), a popular extension bulletin is also available online. 

MSU Weed Science has links to NEW extension bulletins on managing herbicide-resistant weeds including tips for collecting weed seed samples to test for resistance.  In addition, it is your source for the on-line 2017 Weed Control Guide for Field Crops.  Keeping resistant weeds at bay has been a priority for researchers and farmers alike.  Take Action on Weeds has information and resources on herbicide-resistance management.  You will find the Site of Action Chart, as well as Site of Action lookup tool that helps you to quickly identify the site of action of popular herbicide brands.  The Site of Action tool can also be saved on your mobile devise for easy access. 

MSU Field Crops Entomology  has the most current information on managing common pest in field crops.  Today you can find information on Avipel and the latest version of the Bt Trait Table.  This page will be updated throughout the season with recommendation for 2017 pest challenges. 

Looking for information on managing diseases in field crops?  Visit Field Crop Pathology Extension page.  Fungicides for Field Crops, an overview of the current knowledge of fungicides and their use on field crops can be purchased for just $19 or is available online to PMN subscribers.  

If a weed, disease or insect needs to be identified, send a picture or the sample to MSU Diagnostic Services.  A couple of good, clear pictures may be all you need, just e-mail them along with details about the sample (crop history, etc.) to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  If the sample can be identified from that you are all set.  If not, you can still submit the sample to the lab for identification. 

Enviro-weather has weather-based pest, natural resources and production management tools.  You will find historic weather information as well as information to make decisions for the 2017 crop.

Looking for ways to easily pull historic weather data into the decision process?  Visit the Decision Dashboard.  Here you will find a suite of decision tools based on over 30 years of local weather data .   AgClimate View is a convenient way to access customized historical climate and crop yield data in your area.  Corn GDD will track real-time and historical GDD accumulations, assess spring and fall frost risk and guide decisions related to planting, harvest and seed selection.  These are just a few of the tools available.  Visit site to see more. 

Michigan State University provides a wide array of resources to fill you your 2017 toolbox.  Download apps, save links and have a safe and productive 2017 growing season.


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Events and Happenings at a Glance

September 21 - 22, 2017 - Grazing School, MSU W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, visit here for more information and to register

September 26, 2017 -
 Midwest Mechanical Weed Control Field Day, MSU Horticulture Farm, 3291 College Rd., Holt, $15 (lunch incl), register by Sept. to guarantee lunch)

September 28, 2017 -
 Cover Crop Field Day, contact Clinton Conservation District for more details -  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (989) 224-3720 ext. 3

September 30, 2017 -
  Free for Fall Event, Granger’s Facility, 16980 Wood Rd., Lansing, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., no appointment is needed for this event.

On-Going - 
 Mercury Health Thermometer Exchange , MMDHD Building, 1307 E. Townsend Road, Suite 102, St Johns

On-Going -
 Medication Disposal Programs, click to see specific dates and locations for medication disposal events.  You can also check out this website for additional year-around drop-off locations

Tools, Resources & Links

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