Archive for the ‘Dry bean’ Category

Registration now open for the 2015 MSU Weed Tour- July 1st

Monday, May 18th, 2015

-E. Hill

Registration is now open for the 2015 MSU Weeds Tour.

Details regarding the tour can be found at: 2015 MSU Weeds Tour

Or go directly to the registration page at: MSU Events Management System

*We are now using the MSU Events Management System, which allows us a secure method to take credit card payments online and should help speed up check-in the day of the event.

Heading out to the 2014 research and demonstration plots.

Heading out to the 2014 research and demonstration plots.

We hope to see you at the Tour!

Award winning graduate student posters at 2015 WSSA

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

-E. Hill

Last week the majority of our weed science research team attended the annual Weed Science Society of America meeting in Lexington, KY. We are pleased to report that in the first ever graduate student competition both of our graduate students placed. Jonathan Kohrt tool 1st place amongst the Ph.D. candidate posters and Amanda Goffnett placed 2nd amongst the M.S. student posters. Congratulations to you both! These posters and more from the meeting can now be found on

1st place poster by Jonathan Kohrt

2nd place poster by Amanda Goffnett

2nd place poster by Amanda Goffnett

2015 Weed Control Guide now available!

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

-E. Hill

2015WG_coverThe 2015 Weed Control Guide for Field Crops has just been posted for viewing at!


Annual SVREC field day + Sugar beet harvest equipment

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

-E. Hill

The annual field day at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center (aka SVREC or Bean & Beet) took place on August 26th this year. Each year the field day showcases the latest and greatest research going on at the farm. This year we were also the first stop on the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists tour and so the day also featured some of the new harvest technologies being introduced to Michigan.

Tour stops included the following presenters and topics of discussion:

  • Greg Varner and Karen Cichy- 2014 dry bean crop, issues seen with white mold, etc., and breeding efforts underways with the USDA
  • Jim Kelly- MSU dry bean breeding program efforts, new variety releases, including Zenith, a new black bean variety
  • Linda Hanson and Lee Hubble- Diseases in sugar beet, new Rhizoctonia spp. nursery, other sugar beet issues for 2014
  • Kurt Steinke- Soil fertility management for sugar beet, new website launch
  • Chris DiFonzo- History, use, and future considerations for neonicotinoid insecticides
  • Christy Sprague- Weed control issues in sugar beets, including considerations to avoid and manage herbicide resistant marestail and Palmer amaranth

After a hearty lunch, we also had the opportunity to view some of the newer sugar beet harvest equipment that can be seen around the state…see pictures below.


2014 Organic Dry Bean Webinar: Archived and available for viewing

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

-E. Hill


At the end of March, Jim Heilig and I presented a webinar through eOrganic regarding the findings of our two dissertation research projects. The webinar was titled “Breeding efforts and cover crop choices for improved organic dry bean management.” The cover crop component specifically addresses how weeds were impacted by clover, oilseed radish, and rye cover crops, in comparison with a no cover crop treatment.

The eOrganic webinar has been archived and can now be viewed any time: eOrganic MSU Dry Bean webinar