Archive for the ‘Crops’ Category

MSPC Sponsored Herbicide Resistance Video

Monday, October 5th, 2015

-E. Hill

MSPC video

Detection and Confirmation of Herbicide Resistant Weeds in Michigan

Collect weed seeds now if resistance is suspected

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

-E. Hill

If you suspect that you have herbicide resistant weeds in your fields, now is the time to collect seed and have it tested. This week I began my new role as the Weed/Herbicide Diagnostician with MSU Diagnostic Services. One of my main responsibilities is continuing the herbicide resistance screening that has been conducted in Christy Sprague’s laboratory the past several years. The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee has agreed to continue to suplement the costs of this testing for soybean growers so that they may submit samples free of charge. Species that are eligible for the free testing include amaranth species (Palmer amaranth, common waterhemp, Powell amaranth), maretail/horseweed, common and giant ragweed, and common lambsquarters. A minimum of 5 plants with mature seed present should be collected, stored in a sealed paper bag and mailed or brought into Diagnostic Services (578 Wilson Rd., Room. 107, East Lansing, MI 48824-6469). Please also send in a completed form with your submission (MSPC resistance screen form).

The turn around time for results can  be 2-3 months to allow us to clean samples, break seed dormancy, grow and treat seedlings in the greenhouse, and assess control.

Stay tuned as I develop some photos and other materials to ensure the best collection of samples.


Recently this topic has been in the MI news:

Consider collecting seeds from weed escapes if you think they may be resistant to herbicides  -MSUE, Bruce MacKellar

Also,  stay tuned for a video that Christy Sprague and I recorded with MSPC this week further detailing detecting and confirming resistance.



Sugarbeet harvest 2015…and so it begins!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

-E. Hill


Here are a couple photos from our first of two sugarbeet harvests yesterday up at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center.


The crew up on top of the sugarbeet harvester for taking weights and collecting samples for sugar analysis

The crew up on top of the sugarbeet harvester; taking weights and collecting samples for sugar analysis

Sugarbeets entering the scale and being sub-sampled

Sugarbeets entering the scale and being sub-sampled

Tying the sample bags atop a moving harvester takes some creative tactics.

Tying the sample bags atop a moving harvester takes some creative tactics.

2015 Weed Tour Success

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

-E. Hill

This year’s Weed Tour may have been one for the record books. There were upwards of 300 participants! When I wasn’t driving tractor or visiting with participants I managed to grab just a few photos to share…please enjoy! Also, if you were at the tour and did not receive a tour book because we ran out, please let me know via email ( and we will try to get you a copy. All the same information will be available at the end of the season online when we post our “Annual results“.

Wheat field day this Wednesday, June 17!

Monday, June 15th, 2015

-E. Hill

Don’t forget the Michigan Wheat Program’s Summer Field Day is being held this Wednesday, June 17th at the Plant Pathology Farm (3735 N. College Rd., Lansing, MI) from 8:15am to 1:30pm.

Christy Sprague will be presenting some of our research findings on red clover tolerance to wheat herbicide applications in the fall and spring.

[The field day program includes presentations on most every aspect of wheat production. “The summer field day offers growers the chance to talk with researchers and see their plots firsthand, “ said David Milligan, chairman of the nine-member wheat board, and a wheat farmer from Cass City. “MSU researchers who have projects funded by the Michigan Wheat Program will talk about their most recent findings, while growers have the chance to walk their plots.” ]-From Morning Ag Clips

To see more information about the field day visit the complete article at Morning Ag Clips

Photo from Morning Ag Clips (

Photo from Morning Ag Clips (