4.  MSU Wheat Variety and Nitrogen Fertility Plot Tour

Ingham/Livingston County MSU Extension presents “Amber Waves of Grain”, a wheat variety and nitrogen fertility plot tour.  The event takes place June 30, 2009 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at MSU Wheat Variety Trial Plots, located at Dietz Farm (2661 Dietz Rd, Williamston, MI)

What variety of wheat are you going to plant next year?  We hope that you will use the MSU Wheat Variety Trial to help make that decision.  Yield, disease resistance, milling quality, and in-head sprouting, are all important characteristics to consider, and MSU provides unbiased information to Michigan producers to help them make the best decisions possible. 
Late-June is a perfect time to view the MSU Wheat Variety Trial to discuss wheat management and differences in yield, disease resistance, maturity, and other attributes of the varieties in the plots.  Janet Lewis, wheat breeder for MSU, will also be present to discuss her work developing new wheat varieties with improved disease resistance, higher yield, reduced sprouting, and/or higher quality.  

Cost to attend is $5.00. Please RSVP by calling 676-7207, email [log in to unmask] (include name, phone, address, and number attending), or mail P.O. Box 319, Mason, MI (for mailing registration form visit www.michiganorganic.msu.edu.)

5.   2009 MSU Extension Organic Tour  

Have you ever wondered how organic farmers are able to manage weeds, pests, diseases, and soil fertility, especially on large organic farms?  What type of equipment do they use?  How much labor is required?  How effective are their methods?  You may have heard that the new crop organic corn will sell from $7.00 to $8.50/bu, but how do you market it?

To answer these and other questions, join us for the 2009 Organic Tour to the ‘Thumb’ of Michigan!   This year, we will stop at five of the largest organic farms in the state, ranging from 1,000 to 3,500 acres, one of which has a 300+ cow organic dairy.  As we interact with the host farmers we will look at some of their fields, examine the equipment that they use, and learn about organic farm management, including crop marketing and value added opportunities.    Each farm tour will be about one hour, and lunch is included.  This is all for the low price of $10! Send registration to MSUE-Organic, P.O. Box 319, Mason, MI (find registration form at www.michiganorganic.msu.edu)  or call 517-676-7207 or [log in to unmask].

Meeting place:  In Mason: near the garden center of the Meijer located at the intersection of Kipp and Hull Roads; in Clio: at the Carpool Lot off of I-75 exit 131 near the Big Boy Restaurant.

6.   2009 Ag Innovations Meeting

Come observe and discuss recent work that the Capital Area Innovative Farmers have done on ‘modified relay-intercropping’ of soybeans in wheat, nitrogen rates in corn, frost-seeded red clover in wheat, and other timely topics.  The event takes place July 14, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. across from 2576 Tuttle Rd, Mason, MI. Cost is free to attend with dinner included. Please RSVP.  Send to MSUE-Innovation, P.O. Box 319, Mason, MI (find registration form at www.michiganorganic.msu.edu) or call 676-7207 or [log in to unmask] 


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