Sugar beets, dry beans the focus of Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center field day

posted on July 30, 2012 3:24pm

CONTACT:Holly Whetstone
AgBioResearch 517-355-0123

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Dry bean and sugar beet professionals will lead tours and informational seminars Aug. 21 during the annual Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center field day.

Activities will include tours of the dry bean and sugar beet breeding variety trials. Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientists Chris DiFonzo, Jim Kelly, Christy Sprague and Kurt Steinke, along with industry expert Greg Varner and U.S. Department of Agriculture scientist Linda Hanson, will lead discussions on pest management in field crops, weed control, dry bean breeding and varieties, nitrogen research, sugar beet disease management, and fertility in sugar beets and corn.

There is a $20 fee for registration. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with field day activities beginning at 9 a.m. The event will conclude with a noon luncheon.

For more information, call 989-758-2500.

Located at 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center is one of 14 MSU AgBioResearch centers in Michigan. The facility includes 310 acres of dry beans and sugar beets. In addition to beets and beans, scientists affiliated with the facility also research rotational crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans.

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