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ALLEGAN, MI -- Reducing harvest losses is a simple and effective way to increase soybean yield and profitability every year. However, reducing harvest losses becomes even more important in a dry year like 2016. The plants in severely stressed fields may be shorter than normal increasing gathering losses. Conversely, plants growing in fields that received frequent and heavy precipitation in August may actually be taller than normal and prone to lodging. Spider mite feeding has also been shown to increase the potential for shatter losses to occur by causing the pods to become more brittle. Reducing harvest losses by just one bushel per acre will produce more than $9.50 per acre of additional income in 2016.

Because of this, Michigan State University Extension is cooperating with Kirkdorfer Farms, Ausra Equipment and Supply Company Inc., Burnips Equipment Co., Crary Industries Inc., GreenMark Equipment Inc., and the Michigan Soybean Checkoff to conduct a Soybean Harvest Equipment Field Day. The event will be held near Edwardsburg at 66863 Dailey Road on Friday, September 16th. Participants will learn how harvest losses occur and how to measure and reduce them.

The field day will begin with a Michigan Farm Bureau presentation on farm truck regulations and safety at 10:45 a.m. and conclude by 3:00 p.m. The following topics and equipment will be demonstrated: Draper heads, auger heads, air-assisted reels, harvest loss measurements, and ground speed effects on harvest losses.

There is no charge for the field day. However, pre-registration is requested by calling (269) 673-0370 ext. 2562 before noon on Monday, September 12th as a complimentary lunch and educational materials will be provided. Please call the same number and xtension for cancellation or rescheduling updates.

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