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MSU to Host Dry Bean and Sugarbeet Virtual Field Day
Michigan Ag Connection - 08/05/2020

Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch and Extension will host a virtual field day highlighting dry bean and sugarbeet research Aug. 19 from 7 to 9 a.m.

"Michigan's dry bean growers continue to look for efficient, cost-effective ways to maximize the potential of their land. The MSU Virtual Field Day affords them an opportunity to continue to learn and improve their respective operations," said Joe Cramer, executive director of the Michigan Bean Commission. "We appreciate Michigan State University's effort to make this knowledge available during these unprecedented times."

Subjects covered will include:

- Organic dry bean production

- Dry bean end use quality

- Dry bean breeding

- Dry bean variety development

- Weed control

- Sugarbeet root and foliar diseases

- Sugarbeet cyst nematode

- Nutrient management

The first half of the event will focus on dry beans, and the second half will focus on sugarbeets. Each presentation will last approximately 10 minutes, including time for Q&A.

Researchers and Extension specialists presenting are:

- Scott Bales, dry bean research and Extension specialist

- Daniel Bublitz, sugarbeet research and Extension specialist

- Karen Cichy, associate adjunct professor, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences

- Francisco Gomez, assistant professor, dry bean breeding and genomics program, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

- Linda Hanson, research plant pathologist, S. Department of Agriculture; adjunct associate professor, MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

- Vicki Morrone, Extension organic field crop and vegetable outreach specialist

- Marisol Quintanilla, assistant professor, Department of Entomology

- Christy Sprague, professor Extension weed specialist, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

- Kurt Steinke, associate professor and Extension specialist, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

- Jaime Willbur, assistant professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

"This virtual field day will be an excellent opportunity to see the dry bean and sugarbeet research being done by the experts at MSU," said Bublitz. "The presentations will provide useful information that can be applied to farm operations."

This event will count for two restricted use pesticide (RUP) credits. Certified crop adviser (CCA) credits are pending approval.

A Zoom link will be provided upon registration at https://bit.ly/2DiBZSo.


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