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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!




Register today for the 2014 MSU Weed Tour (July 2nd)

Monday, May 12th, 2014

-E. Hill

2013 Weed Tour July 12 2013 (28)

Come and see the latest and greatest weed control research here at Michigan State University on July 2nd 2014. The morning program will focus on weed control in corn and soybeans and in the afternoon you can choose between looking at weed control in horticultural crops or in non-GMO soybeans. Recertification credits for Private and Commercial 1A and 1B Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors have been requested. Pre-registration for the tour is open until Wednesday, June 25th at a cost of $25.00 per person. Walk-in registration is also available at $35.00 per person.

For more information and a link to online registration, please visit 2014 MSU Weed Tour

Happy 100th birthday Extension!

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

-E. Hill


Today marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which is responsible for establishing all of the university extension programs across the nation.


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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