Sep 6, 2018
MSU field day features organic farming challenges, solutions
Gary Pullano

Join a team of Michigan State University researchers to learn about organic vegetable management on Sept. 19, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Biological Station9701 N 40th St, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. This is a great opportunity to interact with MSU researchers while learning about disease, insect, weed, nutrient and cover crop management in squash. We will also have a weed cultivation tool demonstration in our experimental squash field where you can also look at different cover crop management methods.

Registration is free and lunch is included. For more information and to register, visit the Organic Management Field Day event page. The event will be held rain or shine.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. — Registration

8:40 – 8:55 a.m. — Introduction of OREI USDA project on organic squash production in Michigan. The project compares strip and conventional tillage. Zsofia SzendreiMSU Department of Entomology.

8:55 – 9:15 a.m. — Fertility Management in Organic Systems. Zack Hayden, MSU Department of Horticulture.

9:20 – 9:40 a.m. — Pests and beneficials in organic squash and vegetables (insect display). Zsofia SzendreiMSU Department of Entomology.

9:40 – 10:00 a.m. — Disease management in organic squash and vegetables (will show plant samples). Beth Brisco-McCannDepartment of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.

9:55 – 10:15 a.m. — Weed control in organic and strip till systems. Dan BrainardMSU Department of Horticulture.

10:15 – 10:35 a.m. — Break (snacks provided). Participants can look at equipment on display from Hak, Kult Kress and Einbock.

10:35 – 11:15 a.m. — Equipment demonstration. Jared Scholten, territorial sales manager, Farm Power Implements: Einbock hydraulic controlled flex tine cultivator; Kult Kress: steerable tool bar; Hak: steerable tool bar; and more.

11:20 – 11:40 a.m. — Grafting and transplanted squash trial results from the Brainard Lab: grafted versus transplanted versus direct seeded trial.

11:45 – 12:05 p.m. — Cover crop demonstration and results, barley trial results. Dean BaasMSU Extension.

12:10 – 1:10 p.m. — Lunch and equipment display.

Zsofia Szendrei

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