Attend the 2018 Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop

Participants will learn new information for improving corn and soybean production under irrigation at this March 6 workshop in Shipshewana, Indiana.

Agricultural producers from Indiana and Michigan need to fine-tune their irrigated corn and soybean production systems to maintain and increase profitability. Because of this, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan State University Extension and Purdue University Extension are cooperating to conduct an educational program to address issues related to producing corn and soybean under irrigation. The Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop will be Tuesday, March 6, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant, 195 North Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565.

Bruce MacKellar, Steve Miller and Lyndon Kelley from MSU Extension, and Bill Johnson and John Obermeyer from Purdue University Extension will present timely and relevant information at the program. Greg Tylka, an internationally recognized expert on soybean cyst nematode management from Iowa State University, and Joe Lauer, corn agronomist from the University of Wisconsin, are the keynote speakers for the day.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Managing soybean cyst nematode: the Iowa experience and what it means for you.
  • Practical and profitable recommendations for applying irrigation water to soybeans.
  • New rules for dicamba applications (required regulatory topic for private and commercial applicators planning to apply dicamba to soybeans in 2018).
  • Hitting the “Bullseye” with irrigated corn production.
  • Insect pest management considerations for 2018.
  • Nitrogen management strategies for irrigated corn production—opportunities and risks.

Indiana producers will earn Private Applicator Records Program (PARP) credits and Michigan producers will earn four pesticide applicator recertification credits. Certified Crop Advisor credits will also be available.

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council are covering most of the costs for this program. However, there is a $15 per person registration fee and pre-registration is requested before Monday, Feb. 26, to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials. The program flyer including registration information is available online at: Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop.

This article was produced by the SMaRT project (Soybean Management and Research Technology). The SMaRT project was developed to help Michigan producers increase soybean yields and farm profitability. The SMaRT project is a partnership between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

This article was originally published in the February 2018 issue of Michigan Farm News.

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