February 15, 2016  

Purdue Extension program to tackle soybean irrigation issues

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Soybean producers interested in hearing expert advice on soybean irrigation are invited to attend a Feb. 29 program co-sponsored by Purdue Extension.

Irrigation in soybean systems has not consistently increased yields. Yields from nonirrigated soybeans have equaled or exceeded irrigated yields in some situations. Because of this, the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan State University Extension and Purdue Extension are presenting an educational program to address issues related to irrigated soybean production.

"This workshop will provide soybean growers with information from Extension specialists and other growers to help in planning for 2016," said Steve Engleking, a Purdue Extension educator in LaGrange County and a co-organizer of the program.

The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Blue Gate Restaurant, 195 N. Van Buren St., Shipshewana.

Presenters from Purdue and Michigan State University will cover soybean planting rates, 2015 irrigation scheduling research, cutting costs while optimizing soybean yield and quality, soybean cyst nematode management, soybean disease research and disease management recommendations for 2016.

Indiana producers can earn Pesticide Applicator Records Program credits for attending by paying an additional $10, and Michigan producers can earn pesticide recertification credits.

Registration is $10 per person and can be completed online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=2016soybeanshipshewana and may also be completed by telephone at 517-353-3175. Registration is requested before Feb. 24 to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials.             

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-2384, hopkine@purdue.edu 

Source: Steve Engleking, 260-499-6334, sengleking@purdue.edu

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