Center for Excellence Field Day is August 8 | Michigan Farm News

Center for Excellence Field Day is August 8

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Lenawee Conservation District’s 2018 Center for Excellence Field Day is August 8. Center for Excellence is an educational platform for agricultural technology and innovation. On-farm demonstration plots show the economics of using conservation tillage and the latest technology available to farmers.

Registration for the daylong event starts at Bakerlads Farm at 8:00 a.m., located at 10960 Cadmus Road, Clayton MI 49235, followed by a series of presentations from 8:30 to 11:30. Those include:

  • Michigan Wheat Systems Update: Dennis Pennington, Michigan Wheat Program
  • Linking Phosphorus Recommendations to Crop Yields: Bill Copeland, Precision Ag Services
  • Round Table on Agriculture: 1-hour long 8:45-9:45 and 9:55-10:55
  • QuickRoots & NemaStrike: Bart Marshall, DSM Channel Seed
  • Soil testing depths based on tillage: David Henry, A & L Labs
  • P management through 4 R’s: Mark Fritz, Outreach Coordinator-4R Certification Program, Ohio AgriBusiness Association
  • Cover Crop Over-Seeding: Karen Renner, Michigan State University
  • Verifying Farmsteads with MAEAP: Gordon Nobach, Lenawee Conservation District

Trailer Tours

Woodland and Wildlife Tour: 70 minutes; The tour will run twice from 8:40-9:50; 10:00-11:10

  • Log scaling: Demonstrate value of standing trees. Discussion with timber buyers on how they put value on trees by creating sample bids: Cutting Edge Lumber and Tri-County Logging
  • Bee Keeping: Judith Holcomb, Lenawee Conservation District
  • Pollinators on your Farm: Nathan McNett, Lenawee Conservation District
  • MAEAP Forest, Wetlands, & Habitat System: Airin Beechler, Lenawee Conservation District

Conservation and Crop Production Tour: 105 minutes 8:45-10:30 and 9:50-11:35

Tour Stops

  • High production Soybean Plot: Ricardo Costa, MSU Extension Educator-Field Crops
  • Nematode Management in Corn: Kristin Poley, MSU Research Technician
  • Benefits of No-till: Jerry Grigar, MI NRCS Agronomist
  • Evaluating Soil Health in the Field: Jim Hoorman, OH NRCS Soil Health Specialist
  • Field Edge Water Quality Sampling: Ehsan Ghane, Ph.D., MSU Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist Biosystems & Ag Engineering
  • Saturated Buffer: Nathan Utt, Principle Engineer, Ag Water Solutions
  • Blind Inlet: Ed Scheffler, Lenawee County Drain Commission
  • Phosphorus Filter from Last Year: Plant Tuff Staff
  • Silicon Application in Crop Production: Plant Tuff Staff

USDA Officials, including Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC), William Northey, will address those in attendance at the noon hour.

“This is the 22nd year of the Center for Excellence Field Day and we have a full schedule of presentations planned for the event,” said Tom Van Wagner, Center for Excellence Coordinator. “We are excited to have Under Secretary of Agriculture Northey as our guest speaker. Mr. Northey will talk about the progress on the future Farm Bill and Farm Production and Conservation’s (FPAC) view of what the USDA is doing to make an impact on improving the Western Lake Erie Basin.”

Other highlights for the day include presentations on Saturated Buffers, a Blind Inlet demonstration, Field Edge water quality sampling, varying presentations on Phosphorous management, cover crop/soil health, timber buying exercise, a Planter Clinic, as well as Bio-solids and agriculture, just to name a few presentations.

The Lenawee Conservation District requests that participants pre-register so a head count can be appropriately estimated for the signature steak lunch.

The program then moves to Raymond and Stutzman Farms for lunch, a trade show and additional presentations from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M., located at 8055 Seneca Hwy., Morenci MI 49256. Presentations include:

Trade Show

Concurrent Sessions: 35-minute sessions that will run concurrently (two sessions)

  • Planter Clinic: Ag Leader, Precision Planting, Case IH, Kinze, Orthman Strip-till System
  • Nitrogen management with Biosolids-Variable rate application of NEFCO product based on Phosphorus requirements: Tim Stutzman, Host Farmer, Bill Copeland, Precision Ag Services and NEFCO Staff

RUP and 5.5 CCA credits can be earned by participating landowners.

Pre-registration deadline is Friday, August 3rd by calling 517.263.7400, Ext. 3 or visiting our website, www.lenaweeconservationdistrict.org