SE Michigan Irrigation and Drainage Update

Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Dundee Municipal Office - Council Chambers, 350 W Monroe St, Dundee, MI
Contact: Marissa Schuh, 517-264-5309,

The meeting will earn participants a phase 1 credit Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Application has been made for three (3) Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) credits, two (2) Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Soil & Water Management credits, and a 0.5 CCA Crop Management credit.

Lunch, Coffee, and Snacks Included
$20 pre-registered, $30 day-of registration

Topics and Speakers:

8:30 - 9 a.m. - Registration - Coffee and Donuts

Irrigation Scheduling (Steve Miller & Lyndon Kelley)
Checkbook Irrigation Scheduling
Soil Moisture Monitoring
Interpreting and integrating results
Michigan Water Policy and Irrigation Implications (Steve Miller & Lyndon Kelley)
Michigan riparian doctrine, water rights conflicts
Michigan Large Volume Water Withdrawal (LQW) Registration and reporting system
Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool and site-specific review process
Unregistered (LQW) - new opportunities
Using Irrigation for Fertilizer and Chemical Application (Steve Miller & Lyndon Kelley)
Chemigation equipment, backflow and required safety equipment
Irrigation for germination and incorporating chemicals

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Break

Irrigated Crop Management (Dr. Kurt Steinke, Ned Birkey & Ricardo Costa-Silva)
Achieving adequate stands and hybrid selection in irrigated or highly productive corn
Managing Nitrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus and Potassium in irrigated soils
Emerging Pest Problems

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

Water Testing for Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Compliance (Marissa Schuh)
Who needs to test under FSMA
How often to test and where to get testing done
Interpreting test results and keeping appropriate records
Drainage Benefits and Conversion Practices (Dr. Ehsan Ghane)
Introduction to Drainage
Drainage lateral spacing Cost and Benefits
Phosphorus movement in tile drains
Drainage Conservation Practices saturated buffer, woodchip bioreactor and drainage water recycling
Ongoing Edge of Field monitoring

Register online, by mail, or by phone!
Online: see below
By mail: 1040 S Winter Street, Suite 2020, Adrian, MI 49221
By phone: 517-264-5300


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