St. Joseph County IPM Breakfast Series - Soil Health: Feeding the Soil

Date: June 14, 2016 - June 14, 2016
Time: 7 - 8:30 a.m.
Location: Royal Cafe, 701 E Main Street, Centreville, MI 49032
Contact: Eric Anderson,

St. Joseph County IPM Breakfast Series
Soil Health: Feeding the Soil

Tom Shibley is a sales consultant with Midwestern BioAg covering western Michigan and NW Indiana and has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 1998. He has experience with a wide range of crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, cover crops, blueberries, vegetables, alfalfa, and pasture. Mr. Shibley will review the interaction between soil chemistry, soil biology, and soil structure. He will focus on the importance of balancing nutrients, crop rotation, and tillage to create a resilient system.

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

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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