Upcoming irrigated soybean production program

Research results and recommendations for managing irrigated soybeans will be presented at the Feb. 29, 2016, program.

Irrigation has not consistently increased soybean yields. In fact, non-irrigated soybean yields have equaled or exceeded irrigated yields in some situations. Because of this, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan State University Extension and Purdue University Extension are cooperating to conduct an educational program to address issues related to irrigated soybean production. The Irrigated Soybean Production Program will be held Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant, 195 North Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565.

Presenters from MSU and Purdue University will cover the following topics: soybean planting rates, 2015 irrigation scheduling research, 2015 soybean disease research update and disease management recommendations for 2016, cutting costs while optimizing soybean yield and quality and soybean cyst nematode management. The program will wind up with a panel of producers who are willing to share their experience with irrigated soybean production. Indiana producers will earn Pesticide Applicator Records Program (PARP) credits and Michigan producers will earn pesticide recertification credits.

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and the Indiana Soybean Alliance are covering most of the costs for this program. However, there is a $10 per person registration fee and pre-registration is requested before Wednesday, Feb. 24 to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials. Online registration is encouraged at the Irrigated Soybean Production Program Registration page. If you are unable to register online, please call 517-353-3175.

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 MSU Extension and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

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