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Cooperative Extension Open House

Michigan State University will be holding an open house at the extension office in downtown Saginaw Tuesday, September 22nd.

There are so many resources that Michigan State University Extension has to offer.  Come explore our wide variety of programs and chat with their local specialists.  Everyone is welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.  Door prizes will be available.

Hours are from 3-6pm.

The office is located in the Morley Building, 1 Tuscola Street, 2nd floor, downtown Saginaw, behind the Temple Theatre.

Big Beet Cart Field Day

This event will be held on Wednesday, September 16th at the Reif Farms.  Location is M-81 and Harnish Road, just 1/2 mile west of M-15.
Sugar beet producers have shown an increased interest in utilizing large capacity beet carts.  The benefits of carts can include improved MAUS piling along with reduced tare, compaction and labor.  Minimizing truck traffic in the field will reduce trucking repairs along with reducing harvest stress.  Participants will be able to observe the engineering of each cart, including speed of unloading and tare reduction.

Sign in, refreshments and doughnuts at 8:30am, demonstrations start at 9am.

Featured will be the Valley Beet Cart, Spudnik, ROPA Big Bear and Kringstad Crop Shuttle.

For more information, contact Steve at 989-798-5848 or email at

Michigan Corn Growers Summer Tour

Please join us for the Between the Rows Summer Tour!

The Michigan Corn office is going on the road this summer for our Between the Rows Tour! Each meeting will include an update on corn yields in your area, a discussion with a local grain dealer about the market outlook for this year's crop and a Q & A session with staff from Michigan Corn. Food and beverages will be provided. Tour stops are:
Stoneman Pro Services August 17 Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 7900 E. Monroe Rd., Breckenridge, MI 48615
Alvin Ferguson August 18 Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 15943 Almont Rd., Allenton, MI 48002 
Carbon Green BioEnergy August 20  Lunch at 12:00 p.m. 7795 Saddlebag Lake Rd., Lake Odessa, MI 48849
Mark Kies  August 25  Lunch at 12:00 p.m. 5551 Thompson Rd., Allen, MI 49227
Phil Gordon August 25 Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 4690 Willow Rd., Saline, MI 48176
Jason McConnachie September 1 Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 3080 Downington Rd., Deckerville, MI 48427
Tom Ziel September 2 Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 6065 W. Richardson Rd., Pigeon, MI 48755
Schlicht Farms September 3 Dinner at 6:30 p.m. 3712 S Vassar Rd., Vassar, MI 48768


Thumb Octagon Barn Announces 2015 Fall Family Days Dates


The theme for Fall Family Days 2015 is

Fish Fry is Sept 11, 4pm - 7pm.
Saturday Sept 12 & Sunday Sept 13 is Fall Family Days 2015.
8:30am to 5pm.

Anyone wishing to VOLUNTEER for any ACTIVITY
during the show please contact Tori Pine at 989-665-2254.

Sign Up For CAT Alerts This Year

The Crop Advisory Team (CAT) Alerts were timely field-season updates from around the state that kept growers up on the latest production issues. Inclement weather, pest migrations, and disease developments were all reported by MSU Extension field staff and their networks of collaborating scouts, industry reps, and growers. In 2011, CAT alerts were bundled into something called MSUE News. Jim Lincoln had retired from the Bay area position about 15 years ago, and Hannah Stevens was just retiring from the Macomb County office around that time. So, publicity about this change did not reach many of the vegetable growers I now serve, and I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the site to help you get the most out of it. The MSUE News is a part of MSU Extension’s web presence that often gets republished by other digital and print media organizations, and includes miniature bulletins on crop production techniques, advertisements for upcoming events, and in-season crop updates (like the old CAT Alerts). 

 To sign up to receive MSUE News reports to your email, go to, and click on “Agriculture.” Click the grey box on the left, under the list of agricultural topics: the one that says “Sign up for MSUE News.” Type in your email, state and zip code, then select any of the topics that interest you, and a digest of information will come straight to your email inbox once per week. You will get one email for every topic that you select. So, if you choose just “Pest Management", you will get a digest of things related to pests of all crops, including vegetables. If you choose “Vegetable Production”, then you will only get an email with things of interest to vegetable growers, including pests. Selecting them both will result in two emails, with some overlapping information. You can easily unsubscribe to these by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the top of the emails. I also attached a set of screenshots that takes you through this process, and shows an example of what a winter-time vegetable newsletter looks like.

 If I have your personal contact information, I will still be sending emails about upcoming winter meetings through the Saginaw office secretary, Angelique Rooney. As always, you can send me a direct email at, or call my cell at 616.901.7513. I’ll do my best to assist you with your vegetable needs.

Storm Readiness Is Smart

Get your home ready for the storm season.  It can happen any time, especially when you least expect it.  Click on the link below for MSU's recommendations:


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