Agricultural producers from Indiana and Michigan interested in fine-tuning their irrigated corn and soybean production systems should plan to attend an upcoming program.
The Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, Michigan State University Extension and Purdue University Extension are cooperating to conduct an educational program from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at the Blue Gate Restaurant, 195 N. Van Buren St., Shipshewana, Ind.
Presenters include Austin McCoy, Steve Miller and Younsuk Dong from Michigan State University; Shaun Casteel, Crystal Van Pelt, Nathan Thompson and Jeffrey Rutan from Purdue University; and Michael Wunsch from North Dakota State University.
The following topics will be covered:
- Managing white mold in irrigated soybean production.
- Is sulfur the solution for soybeans?
- What drones can do for field crops.
- Improving crop marketing skills with better corn and soybean basis forecasts production.
- Update on Dicamba applications in Indiana and Michigan.
- Irrigation scheduling and soil moisture monitoring — meeting crop need and estimating water loss out of the root zone.
- Nutrient management to minimize movement out of the root zone in irrigated corn.
- Tar spot — a new disease of concern in irrigated corn.
Indiana producers will earn Pesticide Applicator Records Program credits, and Michigan producers will earn pesticide recertification credits.
The sponsors are covering most of the costs for this program. However, there is a $15 per person registration fee. Registration is requested before Feb. 28 to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials.
To register, call the Purdue Extension office in LaGrange County at 260-499-6334.