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Purdue, MSU provide irrigation tools

For over 25 years, Michigan State University and Purdue University have been developing and improving tools to assist in irrigation management. “Checkbook” irrigation scheduling is still a key factor in irrigation management. MSU and Purdue have developed irrigation scheduling tools that range from a paper system to sophisticated computer spreadsheets that load data daily for producers. “Used correctly, all of these tools help producers estimate how much water the plant has used and how much water…  » Read more

MSU website estimates tuber survival

The Late Bight Risk Forecasting website, used for estimating potential survival of potato volunteers in Michigan, is now available for 2016 risk estimation. Epidemics of potato late blight are initiated from mycelium of Phytophthora infestans, which survives between successive growing seasons by overwintering in infected potato tubers intended for seed, as volunteer tubers left in fields at harvest or within discarded cull and rock piles. It is difficult to estimate the probability that infected potato stems will emerge…  » Read more

Insuring your farm property with the right coverage

As a farmer you are well acquainted with risk and the many forms it can take to impact your operation. An important risk mitigation tool that farmers can use is insurance on farm property. Insurance needs vary from farm to farm so it becomes important for you to understand your farm’s individual insurance needs and find a policy that covers your operation most adequately. When considering your farm property insurance coverage it is important to…  » Read more

USAID awards MSU $5.8 million

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Michigan State University (MSU) a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The cooperative agreement supports USAID’s Feed the Future, a global hunger and food security initiative supported by the U.S. government. MSU will partner with the University of Minnesota and J.R. Simplot and Bangladesh and Indonesia partners to make improved potato varieties.

Late blight recommendations for 2015

Late blight has not been reported to date in Michigan but conditions remain conducive for late blight development according to a report released by Willie Kirk, Michigan State University associate professor of plant pathology and Extension specialist for potatoes and Noah Rosenzweig, Michigan State University associate professor. For more information on late blight conditions and effective management utilizing an integrated disease management approach visit this website. 

Syngenta continues late blight hotline for 2015

Syngenta is continuing its partnership with five universities to provide potato growers with the latest late blight disease updates in 2015. Updates from the five universities are available at the following telephone numbers: University of Idaho: 800-791-7195 Michigan State University: 888-379-9012 North Dakota State University: 888-482-7286 Oregon State University: 800-705-3377 Washington State University: 800-984-7400

Toll-free potato blight hotlines

Syngenta, in partnership with five universities, once again will offer toll-free potato blight hotlines during the growing season.             The hotlines consist of researchers providing updates about current potato disease pressures during the growing season in each growing region.             The updates are provided by the following universities and are available at the corresponding phone numbers: University of Idaho: 1-800-791-7195 Michigan State University: 1-888-379-9012 North Dakota State University: 1-888-482-7286 Oregon State University: 1-800-705-3377 Washington State…  » Read more

Douches receives MSU honor

David Douches, professor in Michigan State University’s (MSU) department of plant, soil and microbial science, has been selected to receive the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. Douches is one of four members of MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) who have been selected to receive the award. Mary Hausbeck, professor in the department of plant, soil and microbial science; Rick Horan, professor in the Department of agricultural, food and resource economics; and…  » Read more