EAST LANSING, Mich. — The results from the 2018 SMaRT (Soybean Management and Research Technologies) on-farm research projects will be presented at six programs around Michigan in January 2019. All programs will begin at 8:45 a.m. and end with a complimentary lunch. The dates and locations for the six 2019 SMaRT Meetings are below:
- Jan. 8, Wagon Wheel American Grill, 7888 E. Grand River Ave., Portland, MI 48875
- Jan. 9, The Brentwood Restaurant, 178 Park Dr., Caro, MI 48723
- Jan. 17, Baker College Welcome Center, 1309 South M-52, Owosso, MI 48867
- Jan. 18, Dowagiac Conservation Club, 54551 M-51 North, Dowagiac, MI 49047
- Jan. 22, Dearth Community Center, 262 S Sprague St., Coldwater, MI 49036
- Jan. 23, The Trestle Stop Restaurant, 3366 M-40, Hamilton, MI 49419
Participants will learn how various management practices and products impacted soybean yields and income in the 2018 SMaRT on-farm research trials. George Bird, professor emeritus with the Michigan State University Department of Entomology, will introduce the new Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) Coalition and Marisol Quintanilla, MSU nematologist, will present specific recommendations for managing SCN in 2019 and beyond. Ty Bodeis, soybean production specialist for the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, will discuss the role of precision farming technologies in on-farm research.
Time has been allocated for input, questions and open discussion regarding the information presented at the program and future SMaRT on-farm research projects. This program has been approved for two pesticide applicator recertification credits.
The Michigan Soybean Checkoff program is covering all costs. However, pre-registration is requested to ensure an accurate count for lunch and materials. Please call the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee office in Frankenmuth, Michigan, at 877-769-6424 or register online at 2019 SMaRT Meetings. Please register before Friday, Jan. 4 for the Portland and Caro locations and by Monday, Jan. 14 for all other locations.
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. SMaRT is a partnership between Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan Soybean Checkoff program.
— Michael Staton, Michigan State University Extension
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