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ALLEGAN, MI -- 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, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan State University Extension and Purdue Extension are cooperating to conduct an educational program to address issues related to irrigated soybean production. The program will be held on Monday, February 29th 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 Michigan State University 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, February 24th to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials. Online registration at: http://events.anr.msu.edu/2016soybeanshipshewana is encouraged. If you are unable to register online, please call (517) 353-3175.

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