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Fine-tune your irrigation operation

SHIPSHEWANA, IN -- Agricultural producers from Indiana and Michigan are interested in fine-tuning their irrigated corn and soybean production systems. 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 irrigated corn and soybean production. The program will be held on Monday, February 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant, 195 North Van Buren St., Shipshewana, IN 46565.

Presenters include Bruce, Mackellar, Steve Miller and Lyndon Kelley from Michigan State University, Shaun Casteel, Bob Nielsen and Jim Camberato from Purdue University and Jim Specht from the University of Nebraska.  The following topics will be covered:

• Agronomic management practice to improve irrigated corn and soybean yields

• A summary of 2016 Michigan soybean irrigation research

• A summary of sulfur research on soybeans

• Nitrogen management recommendations for irrigated corn production

• Integrating checkbook irrigation scheduling with soil moisture monitoring

Indiana producers will earn Pesticide Applicator Records Program (PARP) credits and Michigan producers will earn pesticide 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 $10.00 per person registration fee and pre-registration is requested before Friday, February 3rd, to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials. Online registration is available at: is encouraged. If you are unable to register online, please call (517) 353-3175.