Join the irrigated corn and soybean research field day in southwest Michigan

Research efforts in irrigated corn and soybean production and pest management will be discussed at a field day in St. Joseph County on Aug. 17, 2021.

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Michigan State University Extension researchers and educators write grants, develop protocols and invest time to conduct on-farm research throughout Michigan in an attempt to show farmers and agribusinesses the outcomes of various agronomic and pest management practices at the regional and local level. These efforts are key to ensuring that not only are important research questions answered but that information is relevant and made readily available to the agricultural community throughout Michigan. That “extension” of agricultural research into communities is one of the three primary pillars on which land-grant universities are founded.

On-farm research and in-season crop scouting and pest monitoring are important tools that researchers and educators on the MSU Extension field crops team use to make connections with local farmers and agribusiness professionals. At the Southwest Michigan Crop Production and Irrigation Research Field Day, several research projects and in-season observations from the south central and southwest region will be highlighted. The field day will be held at the Covered Bridge Farm County Park (56705 Covered Bridge Rd, Three Rivers, MI 49093) on Aug. 17, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a lunch following.

The event is open to all those involved and interested in the agricultural community in the region. The cost is free thanks to the generous support of the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee. Online registration is required by Aug. 13 to secure your seat and lunch, but walk-ins will also be welcome (lunch not guaranteed).

Register for the Southwest Michigan Crop Production and Irrigation Research Field Day

The event begins at 8 a.m. with check-in and a light breakfast, and the first presentation will begin at 8:30 a.m. The morning will conclude with a short presentation explaining the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verification process and a lunch. Continuing education credits—two RUP, three CCA and MAEAP Phase I, pending approval—will be available.

Topic

Speaker

Weather Effects on 2021 Soybeans and Lessons Learned

Mike Staton

Soybean Agronomic Management

Manni Singh

All Your Disease Questions Answered

Marty Chilvers

Weed Control Research

Erin Burns

On-Farm Hemp Research

Eric Anderson

In-field Sensor Monitoring to Improve Irrigation Water Use Efficiency

Younsuk Dong

End-of-Season Irrigation Considerations

Lyndon Kelley

MAEAP - Key Points

Mike Censke

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