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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

KBS Organic Field Tour

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

-E. Taylor

KBS Organic Field Day Sept 18 2012 (10)

Yesterday the Kellogg Biological Station hosted a tour highlighting the organic research going on at the station. I had the opportunity to show off our study looking at how cover crops influence organic dry beans. For 2012 the KBS location has thus far showed an advantage to having a large rye cover crop by preserving soil moisture. Beans in the rye plots emerged earlier and more uniformly than the other cover crop treatments. Through out the season the beans planted in rye plots were further along in maturity than others and are now drying down, while the other beans are just starting to turn yellow. We will see if the beans planted following rye had a yield advantage in this very dry year when we harvest in about 2 weeks.

Other highlights on the tour were the rye and hairy vetch segregated cover crop study  looking to improve nitrogen availability for sweet corn production (Caroline Lowry and Daniel Brainard), the organic soybean variety trial (Dale Mutch and Dan Rossman), and a study looking at greenhouse gas emissions in conventional and organic rotations (Dean Baas).

2012 MSU Weed Tour: June 27th

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

-E. Taylor2011 Weed Day June 29 (46)-001

Mark June 27th on your calendars to attend the 2012 MSU Weed Tour. This years tour will start out at the MSU Plant Path Field Lab on College Rd., north of Jolly Rd. The day will review our latest research in soybeans, corn, wheat, etc. In the afternoon a tour of what is happening with weed control in vegetables will take place at the MSU Horticulture farm.

Information about the day’s schedule and on-line registration are both available now at http://www.msuweeds.com/msu-weeds-com-events/2012-msu-weed-tour/

We hope to see you there!

MTO meeting

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

-E. Taylor

Last Thursday night I was invited to speak at a Michigan Thumb Organics meeting. This group meets monthly to communicate and foster partnerships among organic growers in Michigan’s thumb. The focus of Thursday’s meeting was on the successes and challenges of their cooperative snap bean effort (green bean). In order to meet the demands of their market, the growers have had to work together with staggered plantings so that beans could be harvested every 4 days throughout the season. They are using a shared harvester and shared grading facility and all in all it has worked out, but since this was the first year of this venture, there are improvements that can be made for next year.

I had the opportunity to talk with the growers about our on-farm trials that will be held next year looking at cover crops preceding dry beans. As a result, two growers from the area will be participating, bringing the total number of on-farm trial sites to nine!

Snapbean harvester

Snap bean harvester