Southeast Michigan Drainage Irrigation and Soil Fertility Workshop

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

MSUE is hosting an upcoming workshop with a great line up of speakers on irrigation, nutrient management, drainage, and Bioreactors.  There is a flyer attached with more information.  Please share with producers and consider attending. 

Southeast Michigan Drainage, Irrigation, and Soil Fertility Workshop

March 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Centre

1800 US 223

Adrian, MI 49221


Water quality challenges in Lake Erie have prompted a renewed focus on fertility management in Michigan’s portion of the Western Lake Erie Basin watersheds. This program was developed to help producers gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the management of phosphorus and nitrogen on tile drained and/or irrigated agricultural fields, and to discuss strategies for maintaining top production while limiting the loss of these nutrients to surface water resources.



Irrigation Management – Steven Miller and Lyndon Kelley, MSU Irrigation Specialists

·       Irrigation scheduling

·       Water withdrawal registration process

·       Irrigation system requirements for corn/soybean/specialty crop production

·       Equipment needed for chemigation/fertigation applications.


Discussion of N, P and K Management for Field Crop Production  Dr. Kurt Steinke, MSU Crop Fertility Specialist

·       How the phosphorus cycle works in agricultural fields

·       Why it is important to use soil test instead of crop removal rates  when developing fertility programs for your production fields

·       Factors impacting soil test critical levels for P and K fertilizer recommendations

·       Timing and placement implications for P management for crop productivity and surface water quality

·       Does tillage system used impact P application strategies?

·       Nitrogen recommendations for corn production-MRTN

·       Wheat fertility management considerations


Discussion of Drainage Practices, Structures and Bioreactors Impacts on Crop Production and Surface Water Quality - Dr. Ehsan Ghane, MSU Agricultural Drainage Specialist

·       Introduction to drainage– why is it important?

·       Drainage conservation practices (controlled drainage, saturated buffer, drainage water recycling and woodchip bioreactor)

·       Impact of controlled drainage on crop yield and water quality

·       Impact of woodchip bioreactors on nitrate runoff from farmland

·       Impact of no-till on phosphorus runoff from farmland


Program Evaluation and Adjourn


The registration fee for this program is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. You may register online at or by phone at 269-657-8213. Deadline for registration is March 7, 2017.

Andrea Stay

Grants and MAEAP Training Liaison

Environmental Stewardship Division

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Phone: 517-285-7482