Soybean Management and Environmental Stewardship Field Day

Date: July 10, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: 21949 Michigan Avenue, Three Rivers, MI
Contact: Eric Anderson, 269-467-5511, eander32@msu.edu

Pest management in soybean can be challenging as any farmer knows. From controlling herbicide-resistant weeds to identifying and managing diseases, farmers need to have a well-stocked tool belt to grow a successful soybean crop in these times of tight margins. 

The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee is sponsoring a field day in St. Joseph County hosted by the MSU Extension Field Crops team in Southwest Michigan and by local Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) staff. The field day is located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Silver Street in northern St. Joseph County. Demonstration plots in LibertyLink soybeans showing the efficacy of various herbicide programs at different price points will be highlighted. Morning speakers will include MSU field crops pathology specialist Martin Chilvers and nematode specialist Marisol Quintanilla. MSU Extension educators Mike Staton, Bruce MacKellar and Eric Anderson will discuss crop management and weed control in soybean. Attendees will tour the weed control plots, and photos of two other fields in the demonstration—one LibertyLink and one Xtend—will also be shared. The morning will conclude with a free lunch.

The afternoon will be led by Mike Censke, the MAEAP (Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program) technician for St. Joseph and Branch Counties. MSU and Purdue Extension irrigation educator Lyndon Kelley will speak about irrigating soybean and how to ensure environmental safety when irrigating and chemigating/fertigating. Additional speakers include Jay Korson with MDARD’s Right to Farm Program who will discuss Pesticide Utilization GAAMPs, and MAEAP Verifier Josh Appleby who will be giving an intro to MAEAP.

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