St. Joseph County IPM Breakfast Series - Weather Outlook for the 2016 Season

Date: April 19, 2016 - June 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 AM
Location: Royal Cafe, 701 E Main Street, Centreville, MI 49032
Contact: Eric Anderson,

''St. Joseph County IPM Breakfast Series
Weather Outlook for the 2016 Season

Dr. Jeff Andresen is a Professor in Geography at Michigan State University.  He specializes in agricultural meteorology and applied climatology.  He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and has been on staff at MSU since 1991.

Dr. Andresen will explain the current El Nino event, the record-setting warm weather this past winter, and how these will affect crop production this growing season based on the most recent climate models.  He will speculate on what the temperature and precipitation will be like in Michigan this spring and summer based on historical trends of El Nino events and the current study of the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).  He will explain how crop production may be affected if the current models accurately predict the overall weather picture during the 2016 growing season.


This series of breakfast meetings will focus on various aspects of field crop production in Southwest Michigan.  The meetings will be held at the Royal Cafe in Centreville, MI at 7:00 AM every Tuesday morning from April 19 through June 28, 2016.  Meetings will include updates on integrated pest management (IPM) and other issues from the local MSU Extension field crops team followed by a presentation on a topic important to field crop production.  Participants can order their own breakfasts and eat during the meeting.  No pre-registration is necessary.  Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Certified Crop Advisers and Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits available.  Contact Eric Anderson ( or 269-467-5511) with questions.

DateTopicSpeakerCredits Offered
19-Apr Weather Outlook for 2016 Season Dr. Jeff Andresen, MSU CEU (Crop Mgmt)
26-Apr Cover Crop Termination - How’s, When’s and What-if’s Dr. Dean Baas, MSUE RUP, CEU (Crop Mgmt)
3-May Upcoming Herbicide Tolerant Crops Rod Stevenson, Monsanto Company and Leslie Abbott, Dow AgroSciences RUP, CEU (IPM)
10-May Grain Market Update Dr. Jim Hilker, MSU CEU (Prof Dvlpmt)
17-May Field Crop Weed Issues Dr. Christy Sprague, MSU RUP
24-May Field Crop Nutrient Management Concerns and Technologies Dr. Kurt Steinke, MSU CEU (Nutrient Mgmt)
31-May Field Crop Insect Issues Dr. Chris DiFonzo, MSU RUP, CEU (IPM)
7-Jun Field Crop Disease Issues Dr. Marty Chilvers, MSU RUP, CEU (IPM)
14-Jun Soil Health: Feeding the Soil Tom Shibley, Midwest BioAg CEU (Soil and Water)
21-Jun Irrigation: Experiences with Soil Moisture Monitors and Schedulers Wally Hekter, Legacy Land Farms, Inc. and Tony Belcher, Koviack Irrigation & Farm Services CEU (Soil and Water)
28-Jun Interseeding Cover Crops Jamie Scott, Scott’s Cover Crops and Justin Davidhizar, Johansen Farms LLC CEU (Crop Mgmt)

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