‘Technology that Pays’ focus for MSU Agriculture Innovation Day | Michigan Farm News

‘Technology that Pays’ focus for MSU Agriculture Innovation Day

Category: Technology

by MSU Extension

Producers can learn to use technology that increases their farm’s bottom line through data-based decisions and planning.

With a theme of “Focus on Precision Technology That Pays,” Michigan State University’s (MSU) 2019 Agriculture Innovation Day features how implementing technology that aids in decision-making can improve yields, increase profit margins and reduce environmental impacts on today’s farms.

This educational field day will discuss tools and techniques that will help farmers make data-based decisions that can improve their farm’s efficiencies and showcase how data collected from various points of production agriculture come together as important components in the smart use of technology.

The free event runs 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 at MSU Farms, 3750 N. College Road, in East Lansing. It features nine field-based sessions focused on specific technological aids that will assist producers in making farm technology goals. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Following a brief welcome at 8:30 a.m., morning sessions begin at 9 a.m. and run consecutively with participants having an opportunity to rotate to each session. Wagons are provided to transport participants between sessions. A lunch break and program will take place at 12:15 p.m. Following lunch, participants will board wagons to attend afternoon sessions.

Detailed Agenda

8 a.m.

Check-in and Registration

8:30 a.m.


8:45 a.m.

Load Wagons

9 - 11:40 a.m.

Educational Sessions:

  • Smart Ag: Where is it Going?
  • There's an Ag App for That
  • Precision Soil Sampling: Every Farm Needs It!
  • Remote Sensing to Develop a Prescription Map
  • Planter Calibration: Seed Placement Pays

12:15 p.m.

Lunch and Program

1:30 p.m.

Load Wagons

1:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Educational Sessions:

  • The Art and Science of Variable Rate Seeding
  • Yield Monitor Data and Proper Calibration
  • Feeding Crops with Sensor-Based Variable Rate Nitrogen Technology
  • Using the Michigan EnviroImpact Tool when Applying Manure

MSU Agriculture Innovation Day is an annual event focusing on in-depth education on critical topics. The event rotates to various locations throughout the state to give farmers access to experts who can help them improve their businesses while maintaining environmentally sound practices on their farms.

The event has been approved for Restricted Use Pesticide credits (8 credits) and approved Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units in nutrient management (1), soil and water management (0.5), crop management (1) and precision ag (2) are also available.

For detailed session descriptions, visit http://www.canr.msu.edu/msu_agriculture_innovation_day/ or contact Ron Bates at [email protected]. Registration is available at https://events.anr.msu.edu/msuaginnovationday/.