Michigan State University AgBioResearch and MSU Extension will host a series of virtual field day events called “From the Field” throughout the summer and into the fall. Ongoing agricultural research and outreach at the university will be presented to growers and producers on a variety of topics.
Field day events, normally hosted at the various MSU AgBioResearch centers across Michigan, will be online because of COVID-19. The events will feature a combination of prerecorded and live presentations to share information on several topics of statewide and regional interest in the areas of agriculture and natural resources.
“Although the majority of our agricultural work has been ongoing during the pandemic, we decided to offer our popular field day events online this year in an effort to keep everyone safe and to abide by the guidance of the university during these unprecedented times,” says Doug Buhler, director of MSU AgBioResearch. “The food supply chain needs this critical information now perhaps more than ever.”
Beginning in July and running through September, MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources will announce the various field day events, along with topics and links to content on its Virtual Field Days website. Individual field day registration is available on the From the Field site by clicking on the individual events.
Restricted-use pesticide and certified crop adviser credits can be earned by registering and participating in several of the events.
“I’m impressed by the enthusiasm of our researchers and MSU Extension educators to quickly pivot and change up the format of the field days,” says Jeff Dwyer, director of MSU Extension. “Their efforts from recording their own videos to answering grower questions and concerns in virtual conferences is commendable, and speaks to their commitment to the success of the agriculture industry.”
Educational webinars and research updates will be provided by MSU researchers and MSU Extension educators. The information provided at each virtual field day will be especially relevant to producers, educators and commodity experts.
Virtual Field Days will be at 8 a.m. Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted. Topics will include:
- Manure management, 10 a.m. July 21
- Viticulture, July 27-31
- Bay Area vegetable trial reviews, July 29
- Dry beans and sugarbeets, Aug. 19
- Soybeans, Aug. 26
- Peaches, Sept. 2
- Cover crops, Sept. 2
- Corn, Sept. 9
- Oceana research tour, Sept. 16
- Corey Marsh migratory birds, Sept. 23
- Precision livestock farming, Oct. 7
Visit the websites to register and learn more.