Published: Dec. 28, 2011

Information for controlling old and new field crop pests

Contact(s): Eileen Gianiodis Agriculture and Natural Resources office: (517) 432-1555, ext. 230 cell: (517) 242-4753

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Field crop producers can hone their pest management skills for the 2012 growing season by attending the Michigan State University Extension Field Crop Pest Management Winter Program series.

The program will be offered at four Michigan sites during January and February. It designed to help farmers learn about controlling traditional and new pests in Michigan, highlighting changes in MSUE recommendations in field crop weed, insect and disease control and soil fertility recommendations for the 2012 growing season. 

This year's program will also feature new research information on how to manage two newer pest management challenges in Michigan – glyphosate-resistant Palmer Amaranth and Sudden Death Syndrome.

The programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates at the noted locations:

  • Jan. 17: Ottawa Fillmore Admin. Building, 12220 Fillmore St., West Olive, Mich. 49460.  To register call (269) 657-8213.
  • Jan. 30: Shifter’s Restaurant, 3130 W. Monroe St., Alma, Mich. 48801. To register call (989) 875-5233.
  • Jan. 31: Hillman Free Methodist Church, 331 W. 3rd Street, Hillman, Mich. 49746, To register call (989)772-0911 ext. 302.
  • Feb. 1: Monsanto Demonstration and Research Farm, 474 S. Onondaga Road, Mason, Mich. 48854. To register call (517) 676-7207.

The registration fee is $40 per person.  Restricted use pesticide applicator and certified crop advisor  credits will be available. 
For more information, click here or call the Van Buren County MSU Extension office at (269) 657-8213.