St. Joseph County IPM Breakfast Series - Field Crops Insect Issues

Date: May 31, 2016 - May 31, 2016
Time: 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Location: Royal Cafe, 701 E Main Street, Centreville, MI 49032
Contact: Eric Anderson, eander32@msu.edu

St. Joseph County IPM Breakfast Series
Field Crops Insect Issues

Chris DiFonzo is a Professor of Entomology at Michigan State University. She specializes in insect pests of field crops. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and has been on staff at MSU since 1996.  She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Guelph, Ontario.

DiFonzo will address reports of early insect pest pressure and give recommendations for control. She will discuss efficacy of different seed treatments in controlling different insect pests and give alternative insecticide control options and with recommended best management practices for in field crops. She will also discuss crop rotation, scouting, use of traits, variety/hybrid selection and other IPM strategies and their efficacy in controlling yield loss due to insects.

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 a.m. 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. Open to the public, no pre-registration is necessary. Contact Eric Anderson (eander32@msu.edu or 269-467-5511) at the MSU Extension office in Centreville with questions.

This breakfast meeting is being sponsored by Karl Ritchie with Walther Farms in Three Rivers, MI.  The overall IPM breakfast series is supported by a donation from the Monsanto Company.

DateTopicSpeakerCredits Offered
19-Apr Weather Outlook for 2016 Season Dr. Jeff Andresen, MSU RUP, 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 RUP, CEU (Prof Dvlpmt)
17-May Field Crop Weed Issues Dr. Christy Sprague, MSU RUP, CEU (IPM)
24-May Field Crop Nutrient Management Concerns and Technologies Dr. Kurt Steinke, MSU RUP, 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 RUP, 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 RUP, CEU (Soil and Water)
28-Jun Interseeding Cover Crops Jamie Scott, Scott’s Cover Crops and Justin Davidhizar, Johansen Farms LLC RUP, CEU (Crop Mgmt)

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