Office: 517-432-9693 (Diagnostic Services); 517-353-0467 (Cover Crops)
578 Wilson Rd., Rm 113 CIPS
Dept. PSM- Diagnostic Services
East Lansing, MI 48824
Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute
Cover Crop Address: 1066 Bogue St., A490 PSSB, Dept. PSM, East Lansing, MI 48824
Dr. Erin Hill has been an academic specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University since 2015, with responsibilities as the Cover Crop Specialist and the Herbicide/Weed Diagnostician in Diagnostic Services. Dr. Hill previously served as a research assistant with the weed science group in the same department from 2006-2015. Dr. Hill completed her Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Science at MSU (2014) focusing on how cover crops impact nutrient cycling and weed pressure in organic dry bean systems. She earned a M.S. in Horticulture (2006), also from MSU, exploring the impacts of competition and allelopathy of hairy vetch and cowpea cover crops on weed communities in pickling cucumber and a B.S. in Plant Biology from the University of Michigan (2003). Erin has been a member of the Midwest Cover Crop Council since the inaugural meeting in (2006) and has served as the web administrator since the launch of MCCC.msu.edu (2008). Dr. Hill’s cover crop research and outreach foci include: innovative management strategies to maximize biomass, determination of synergistic ratios of species in mixtures, soil health impacts for particular commodities and whole systems, and variety trials. As a member of the MSU Diagnostic Services team Erin handles and assists in cases involving: herbicide resistance, herbicide injury, abiotic injury or nutrient deficiency, and plant identification.
August 8, 2016 | Look for mature seeds before submitting weed samples for herbicide resistance screening.
July 5, 2016 | Learn more about methods and equipment for establishing cover crops at MSU Agricultural Innovations Day on August 24.
June 2, 2016 | Last year saw a record number of submissions for herbicide resistance screening of weeds; be aware of new confirmed cases in your area.
April 15, 2016 | Glyphosate rate, ammonium sulfate presence and weather are all important in terminating an annual ryegrass cover crop.