Results from 2017 growing season trials available at Thumb Ag Reviews

Four locations in Michigan’s Thumb region will provide learning opportunities for farmers and agribusinesses.

Farmers and agribusiness professionals will have the opportunity to learn about the latest 2017 field trial research results during four Thumb Ag Review meetings in December. RUP, CCA and MAEAP Phase 1 credits will be available.

During the growing season, Michigan State University Extension educators have been busy in the Michigan’s Thumb region conducting research and demonstrations at farmer fields. The goal is to provide unbiased, science-based information that is practical and useful so farmers can make management decisions for their farm. Planned sessions for the meetings include corn hybrid trends; nitrogen rate studies; phosphorus rate trial; corn population trends; soybean yield and population trends; results from a five-year yard waste compost trial for corn and soybeans; reducing soybean cyst nematodes with cover crops; 2017 wheat trial results; an evaluation of field crops production profit and loss; and learning to recognize the stressors associated with farming.

The dates and locations for the meetings are listed below. Pre-registration with a registration cost of $20/person is requested for all locations except for the Thumb Ag Day on Dec. 13. Pre-register online by credit card at 2017 Thumb Ag Review or by calling one of the numbers listed below.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 13 in UblyThumb Ag Day, Ubly Heights Country Club, 2409 Atwater Rd, Ubly, MI 48475. Doors open at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 pm. No pre-registration required.
  • Thursday, Dec. 14 in FrankenmuthThumb Ag Review, Saginaw Valley Research and Education Center, 3775 S. Reese Road, Frankenmuth, MI 48734. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., meeting is 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. with lunch provided. Call 810-667-0341 to pre-register.
  • Friday, Dec. 15 in SanduskyThumb Ag Review, Westpark Inn, 440 W. Sanilac Rd, Sandusky, MI 48471. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m., meeting starts immediately after breakfast and ends at 11 a.m. Call 810-648-2515 to pre-register.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19 in AtticaThumb Ag Review, Lapeer County Education Technology Center, 690 Lake Pleasant Rd, Attica, MI 48412. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. Call 810-667-0341 to pre-register.

For more information about the 2017 Thumb Ag Reviews, contact Phil Kaatz at 810-667-0341 or

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