MSU Agriculture Innovation Day takes place July 26 in Lansing, offers RUP, CEU credits

Producers can learn to use technology that increases their farm’s bottom line through data-based decisions and planning.

The 2019 Michigan State University (MSU) Agriculture Innovation Day will take place on July 26 at MSU Farms, 3750 N. College Rd., Lansing, Michigan Lansing, Michigan. With a theme of “Focus on Precision Technology That Pays,” experts from throughout the country will detail how implementing technology that aids in decision-making can improve yields, increase profit margins and reduce environmental impacts.

This educational field day will discuss tools and techniques that will help farmers make data-based decisions that can improve their farm’s efficiencies and showcase how data collected from various points of production agriculture come together as important components in the smart use of technology.

Participants who attend the daylong event will have the opportunity to earn eight Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits. Approved Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units in nutrient management (1), soil and water management (0.5), crop management (1) and precision ag (2) are also available.

The free event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., features nine field-based sessions focused on specific technological aids that will assist producers in making farm technology goals. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Following a brief welcome at 8:30 a.m., morning sessions begin at 9 a.m. and run consecutively with participants having an opportunity to rotate to each session. Wagons are provided to transport participants between sessions. A lunch break and program will take place at 12:15 p.m. Following lunch, participants will board wagons to attend afternoon sessions.

Detailed Agenda

8:00 a.m. 

Check-in and Registration

8:30 a.m.

Welcome

8:45 a.m.

Load Wagons

9:00 - 11:40 a.m. 

Educational Sessions:

  • Smart Ag: Where is it Going?
  • There's an Ag App for That
  • Precision Soil Sampling: Every Farm Needs It!
  • Remote Sensing to Develop a Prescription Map
  • Planter Calibration: Seed Placement Pays

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Program

1:30 p.m.

Load Wagons

1:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

  • The Art and Science of Variable Rate Seeding
  • Yield Monitor Data and Proper Calibration
  • Feeding Crops with Sensor-Based Variable Rate Nitrogen Technology
  • Using the Michigan EnviroImpact Tool when Applying Manure

MSU Agriculture Innovation Day is an annual event focusing on in-depth education on critical topics. The event rotates to various locations throughout the state to give farmers access to experts who can help them improve their businesses while maintaining environmentally sound practices on their farms.

MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Precision Technology That Pays takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 at MSU Farms, 3750 N. College Rd., Lansing, MI 48910. The event features how implementing technology that aids in decision-making can improve yields, increase profit margins and reduce environmental impacts on today’s farms. The event has been approved for Restricted Use Pesticide credits (8 credits) and approved Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units in nutrient management (1), soil and water management (0.5), crop management (1) and precision ag (2) are also available. For detailed session descriptions, visit http://www.canr.msu.edu/msu_agriculture_innovation_day/ or contact Ron Bates at batesr@msu.edu. Registration is available at https://events.anr.msu.edu/msuaginnovationday/.


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