Today is the last chance to receive the early bird discount for the Michigan summer Corn and Soybean Colleges Aug. 4-6. Join Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer and other experts for three days in Coldwater, Mich. and walk away with actionable tips to raise your corn and soybean yields.
Sign up by today and save $100 off registration. Plus, be entered in a drawing for a gun giveaway. All events will offer CEU credits.
Propel Soybean Yields Using the Systems Approach, presented by Missy Bauer
This session will set the foundation for high-yielding soybeans. Attendees will arm themselves with the basics of yield components, including nodes, pods, seeds and seed size.
Push Planting Dates to Increase Yields, presented by Missy Bauer
This session will explore the possibilities of early planting dates and its effect on yields. There are many factors to consider when making this decision. Attendees will evaluate soil temperatures, seed treatments, the uniformity of soybean emergence and sunlight interception.
Conserve Seed and Push Soybean Yields, presented by Missy Bauer
Attendees will evaluate the agronomic benefit of variable-rate soybeans and dive deep into the economic benefits of using this technology. In this session, attendees will gain confidence on where to dial back population while improving plant’s yield components.
Dial In Soybean Populations, presented by Missy Bauer
Participants will focus inside the canopy and evaluate what happens to the plant’s architecture when population changes. In this session, participants will look at plant type, including in-line or bushy soybeans, and how population and variable rate prescriptions should be managed by it. Participants will learn how these factors relate to potential disease pressures.
Scout to Determine What Drives Yield, presented by Brad Beutke
Head to the field to evaluate what’s happening to soybean plants during early-season, mid-season and late-season growth stages. From uniformity, to dialing in timings of applications and stress to late-season plant evaluation, including node and pod counts, this breakout provides participants hands-on tools to properly ground truth for higher yields.
Win the Fight Against Resistant Weeds, presented by Bill Bauer
In this breakout, participants will identify resistant weeds, including marestail, Palmer amaranth and waterhemp at the seedling, mid-stage and mature growth stages. Participants will also
become armed with tools to manage the common yield robbers.
Maximize Revenue Through Marketing, presented by Bret Oelke
In a year with tight margins, it is often a challenge to maximize revenue. The time has come to get out of your comfort zone and find ways to build value in the marketplace. This session will outline how to develop market strategies using futures and options to boost profits.
Start at the Ground Up for High-Yielding Corn, presented by Missy Bauer
It’s back to the fundamentals. Using the System’s Approach, participants will learn the basics to growing high-yielding corn. Attendees will learn how to evaluate stands, identify problem areas and correlate these issues back to proper planter setup.
How to Manage Nutrients During Tough Times, presented by Missy Bauer
The key to a successful crop is having a well-rounded, efficient nutrient management program. In this session, attendees will dive deep into the “Four-R” concept: right rate, right time, right place and right product.
Protect Bushels to Boost Your Bottom Line, presented by Missy Bauer
Using the Systems Approach to higher yields, this session will include strategies to help improve or protect yields and profits.
How to Manage Hybrid Populations, presented by Missy Bauer
This hands-on breakout will dive deep into plant architecture, including ear type and the differences in fixed versus flex ears. Participants will learn how plant architecture, ear type, leaf orientation and water-holding capacity help dial in plant populations.
Scout for Profits, presented by Brad Beutke
Participants will head to the field and learn what to scout for during early-season, mid-season and late-season growth stages. In this session, participants will identify ear counts, stand uniformity, stalk quality, plant spacing and pest and disease pressures during critical growth stages. Leave armed with how to combat these in-field yield robbers.
Dig Deep to Propel Your Soil Health, presented by Bill Bauer
Head “down under” during this in-field breakout where participants will evaluate what’s happening below ground in soil density pits. This session will outline proper root growth and take a look into vertical versus horizontal tillage, as well as touch on the importance of uniform soil density in no-till.
Maximize Your Nitrogen Dollar, presented by Missy Bauer
The timing of nitrogen does not mean application date, but rather when the plant needs it. In this session, participants will dial in proper nitrogen timing and placement for top in-field efficiencies. This in-field breakout will teach participants how to maximize every nitrogen application and dollar.
In-Field Zone Evaluations, presented by Bill Bauer
In this session, participants will head to the field to ground truth two different management zones. Participants will break into teams to evaluate soil types and soil characteristics and learn how these differences affect in-season recommendations. Each team will use thermal images to navigate, scout and ground truth problem areas within a management zone.
How to Take Advantage of Yield Estimates, presented by Bret Oelke
This session will teach participants how to take advantage of preharvest yield estimates to market their crop. Learn how to develop a thorough marketing plan and how to adjust for potential profit after mid-season
scouting and yield checks.