Michiana irrigated corn, soybean production program scheduled | Michigan Farm News

Michiana irrigated corn, soybean production program scheduled

Category: Crops

by Mike Staton, MSUE soybean educator

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An educational program will address issues related to producing corn and soybean under irrigation. Photo courtesy Steve Miller, MSU ag engineer.

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, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan State University Extension and Purdue Extension are cooperating to conduct an educational program to address issues related to producing corn and soybean under irrigation.

The program will be on Tuesday, March 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant, 195 North Van Buren St., Shipshewana, Indiana.

Bruce MacKellar, Steve Miller and Lyndon Kelley from Michigan State University 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 (SCN) 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 SCN: 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 Pesticide Applicator Records Program (PARP) credits and Michigan producers will earn four pesticide applicator recertification credits.

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the 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: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/michiana_irrigated_corn_and_soybean_production_workshop.