Irrigation update for specialty crop producers on March 17

Specialty Crop Irrigation Meeting in southwest Michigan offers an irrigation update for fruit, vegetable and ornamental crop producers with an emphasis on rules, regulations, legal requirements and scheduling.

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Vegetable, fruit and specialty growers in southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana may want to take advantage of a Specialty Crop Irrigation Meeting on March 17, 2020, at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, 1791 Hillandale Rd. Benton Harbor, MI 49022. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will be beneficial to overhead and drip irrigators alike.

Presenter Phil Ausra of Trickl-Eez Irrigation Inc. will talk the group though the irrigation design process from bare land to a production field ready to irrigate.

Younsuk Dong of Michigan State University’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will cover irrigation scheduling and using soil moisture monitoring equipment to maximize water efficiency, increase quality and yield.

Lyndon Kelley, irrigation specialist for MSU Extension and Purdue Extension, will discuss using irrigation for fertilizer and chemical application, in addition to Michigan water rights, rules and regulations.

For more information, download the brochure or contact Lyndon Kelley at 269-467-5511 or kelleyl@msu.edu.

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