The quantity and quality of the corn stalks remaining following harvest operations has increased in recent years. This situation has led to punctured tires, decreased planter and drill performance and delayed soil drying and warming in the spring. Because of these problems, Michigan State University Extension and theMichigan Soybean Checkoff program are sponsoring an upcoming educational program called “Options for Managing Corn Residue Prior to Planting Soybeans.” The program will be held at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing, Mich., on Wednesday, February 8, and run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The MSU Pavilion is located on the southwest corner of Farm Lane and Mt. Hope Road on the campus of Michigan State University (view map).
Two nationally renowned experts, Paul Jasa from the University of Nebraska and Tony Vyn from Purdue University, will be the keynote speakers on the program. Jasa will present options for managing corn residue without tillage. A few of the topics Jasa will cover include the new chopping corn heads, replacement snapping rolls, and planter and drill attachments and configuration. Vyn will provide an overview of available tillage systems and their impact on soybean yields following high residue corn.
MSU Extension soybean educator Mike Staton will present a summary of Michigan on-farm soybean tillage trials. A representative from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will help participants understand conservation compliance and why it is important to their farming operations. The last and potentially most interesting part of the program will be a panel of soybean producers who will share their innovative and practical residue management practices with participants.
The Michigan Soybean Checkoff is covering all program costs, so there is no registration fee for the program. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials. Please call the Clinton County MSU Extension office at 989-224-5240 before Friday, February 3, to register.
This article was produced by the SMaRT project (Soybean Management and Research Technology). The SMaRT project was developed to help Michigan producers increase soybean yields and farm profitability. Funding for the SMaRT project is provided by MSU Extension and the Michigan Soybean Checkoff program