Ag and Natural Resources

Upcoming Agriculture Events

2016 Pesticide Certification Testing Dates for Montcalm and Newaygo Counties

To register for Pesticide Certification Testing anywhere in the State of Michigan, please go to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development website: https://secure1.state.mi.us/OPES/Welcome.aspx 

To register for the review sessions in either Montcalm or Newaygo counties, please contact the MSU Montcalm Extension office at (989) 831-7500.

Montcalm County

  • Friday, March 18, 2016 - An RSVP is required for the review and test.  Space is limited to the first 40 RSVP’s.
    • Review - 9 a.m. until 12 noon ($20 registration fee per person for the review.)
    • Test - 1 p.m.

Newaygo County

  • Friday, March 11, 2016 - An RSVP is required for the review and test.  To RSVP for the review session, please call (989) 831-7500.  Space is limited to the first 25 RSVP’s.
    • Review - 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ($20 registration fee per person for the review.)
    • Test - 1:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 1, 2016 - An RSVP is required for the review and test.  To RSVP for the review session, please call (989) 831-7500.  Space is limited to the first 25 RSVP’s.

    • Review - 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. ($20 registration fee per person for the review.)
    • Test - 1:30 p.m.

 

MSU Soil Testing

The fees listed below are the cost from the MSU Montcalm Extension office.  Changes to the soil testing prodecures at the MSU Montcalm Extension office:  We are no longer able to box and mail soil samples for clients.  If you ask, we have priority mail shipping boxes and labels available. 

Field Testing:

  • Standard Soil Test Boxes - $12 per sample
    • Test includes: pH, lime requirement, potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  • Complete Soil Test Boxes - $19 per sample

    • Test includes:  pH, lime requirement, potassium, calcium, magnesium and the micro-nutrients - zinc and manganese.

Lawn and Garden Testing:

    • Test includes:  pH, lime requirement, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

For more information please follow this link to the MSU Soil and Plant Nutrient Laboratory website.  http://www.spnl.msu.edu 

MSU Diagnostic Testing

  • Insect, Plant and Nematode Testing
    • We assist a wide variety of people experiencing problems with plants and pests.  There are many things that cause plant problems.  Our laboratory specializes in diagnosing problems caused by arthropods (insects, mites, ticks, etc.), pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses), and nematodes.

       Here are some of the samples we accept for diagnosis:

      • Plants or plant parts for insect, pathogen and nematode analysis
      • Insects, mites, ticks, spiders and other arthropods for identification
      • Soil and tissue samples for nematode analysis
      • Weeds and plants for identification

      Samples may be submitted to the lab by mail or you can drop samples off at our facility.  We will analyze the sample for a nominal fee and provide a diagnosis or identification of the problem as well as recommendations for control.  

For more information and testing prices, please follow this link to the MSU Diagnostic Laboratory website:  http://www.pestid.msu.edu 

MSU Variety Trials

For the most up-to-date MSU Variety Trail results for corn, soybeans, wheat and forage crops; please follow this link: http://www.varietytrials.msu.edu 

 

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