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Economics for non-GMO weed control programs published to

Monday, January 19th, 2015

-E. Hill

Each year our program assesses weed control programs for non-GMO soybeans. At the conclusion of the season Dr. Christy Sprague publishes a newsletter comparing the economics of these programs to aid farmers in decision making for the coming season. The 2014 article can now be found on under Publications –> Commercial comparisons

Winter meetings schedule has been updated.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

-E. Hill

Now that the holidays are over it is time for the winter meeting season to kick off. Christy Sprague has a number of meeting scheduled where she will be presenting various research results and recommendations for weed control in field crops for the 2015. To see when a meeting will be held near you please visit the Events page at or look at a preview of what to come with the new Google widget on the home page.


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 MSU Weed Tour Review

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

-E. Hill


Yesterday’s 2014 MSU Weed Tour was yet another successful event, with over 230 people in attendance. Thank you to all of you whom attended and to the many people in front and behind the scenes who made it all possible. Please enjoy a few photos of the event below. The plot signs will probably remain in the field for the next couple weeks so if there is something you missed, it’s not too late. We look forward to see you all again in 2015 to show off our research and demonstration plots, have a Happy Independence Day!