St. Joseph County IPM Breakfast Series - Grain Market Update

Date: May 10, 2016 - June 28, 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
Grain Market Update

Dr. James Hilker is a Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and has been on staff at MSU since 1982. His research and extension interests include using pricing alternatives as risk management tools, educational programs in marketing, probability price forecasts, farm level pricing and sales management, and price outlook  Dr. Hilker will address issues with marketing grain commodities in Michigan this season. He will describe the recent historical trends in pricing and the predictions for price movements this year based on predicted and actual acres planted for the main field crops, among other factors. He will also answer questions from growers related to marketing strategies and timing of grain sales this 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 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) with questions.

This breakfast meeting is being sponsored by Aaron Hollister with Raymond James & Associates, Inc.  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, MSU Extension 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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