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Lyndon Kelley is currently serving under a joint agreement with Purdue Extension to provide leadership and education to irrigated crop producers of Michigan and Indiana. In the past he served as the Southwest Regional Ground Water Protection Educator. A major responsibility of the Ground Water Protection position has been the development of environmental protection assessment tools and the training of employees for the Michigan Groundwater Stewardship Program (MGSP). His irrigation related activities within MGSP included leading the development of the irrigation and water use sections of the Farm*A*Syst , Crop*A*Syst and Greenhouse*A*Syst assessment tools, which are the foundation of the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. For the twelve years prior to serving as the Ground Water Protection Educator he was the Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for Joseph County. As the most heavily irrigated county east of the Mississippi, it developed his interest and abilities in irrigation related extension work. Experience gained here has developed his skills and abilities in dealing with technical, social/political and economic issues of irrigation related agriculture. During this time he also developed a working understanding of management and production seed corn and several other irrigated specialty / vegetable crops. Lyndon earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Michigan State University.
September 26, 2017 | Before you put your irrigation system away for the season, create a list of needed repairs and potential improvements.
September 8, 2017 | August drought conditions will have some irrigating into September
July 11, 2017 | We’re now in peak water use. Be prepared if the rains fall short.
June 23, 2017 | Many areas in Indiana and Michigan quickly went from too much rainfall at planting to sparse rainfall from emergence on leading to an early start for the irrigation season.
May 4, 2017 | Running through a checklist of inspections and repairs for each irrigation system greatly improves the chance of being able to start irrigating the day the crop needs it.
May 4, 2017 | Most irrigated producers will gain from an early-season irrigation application somewhere in the operation most years. The limiting factor is often whether the irrigation system is ready to go.
March 6, 2017 | MDEQ offers an opportunity for never before registered large quantity water users to register withdrawals and area workshops allow producers to start the process.
December 23, 2016 | Six area meeting hosted by Agri-business provides irrigation update for Michigan irrigators.
August 31, 2016 | Late August and early September rain often make late season irrigation decision easy.
August 2, 2016 | Soybeans irrigation at reproductive stage R-3 has the greatest potential yield advantage.