Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series Continues With Dry Bean Production in Michigan

May 17, 2024

By Steve Whittington

Dry beans are a unique and exciting crop to grow in Michigan with this commodity experiencing growth in the past years. Join Michigan State University Extension on May 23 for the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series featuring Scott Bales, a Michigan State University dry bean specialist, to discuss various dry bean production topics for 2024. Bales will discuss considerations around planting logistics and recommendations, as well as how to manage the crop throughout the production season. Bales will also highlight some of his current work with a dry bean planting date trial and the potential benefits and challenges of early planted dry beans.

MSU climatologist Jeff Andresen will also be joining the Virtual Breakfast to give a weekly weather report and trends to help make sense of Michigan weather and to assist producers in making production decisions early this season. We hope you’ll join the MSU Extension field crops team in another week of our Virtual Breakfast Series!

The Michigan State University Extension Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series is live via Zoom every Thursday morning from 7 – 8 a.m., March 21 through Sept. 19. Topics are flexible and loosely established at the beginning of the season and can change to address rapidly changing concerns such as flooding and drought. Each year brings different challenges, and this series is designed to meet the needs of our field crop producers no matter what the conditions may dictate.

Each week, restricted-use pesticide recertification (RUP) credits and certified crop advisor (CCA) continuing education unit credits will also be available. To receive recertification credits, participants must be on the live Zoom session.

After RUP and CCA credit information, attendees can leave or stay on for a less formal Q&A discussion with farmers, educators and specialists that lasts until 8 a.m. In addition to the scheduled speaker for the day, other MSU Extension campus specialists and educators with field crops responsibility are frequently part of the call and are available to answer any question related to relevant circumstances happening in their area of expertise.

Participating is easy and free! Participants must sign up to receive an email notification with instructions for joining the Virtual Breakfast Series. You only need to do this once to receive the Zoom link and call-in phone number in the weekly email reminders that are sent every Wednesday and Thursday. Participants receiving emails can opt in or out at any time.

Sign up for Field Crops Virtual Breakfast Series 

If you cannot participate in the live session at 7 a.m., you can view the recorded version at any time. However, only the live session will be eligible for RUP and CCA credits. Recordings will be closed-captioned and available at the Field Crops Virtual Breakfast webpage and the MSU Extension field crops team social media platforms: Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Twitter

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