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Monday, December 16, 2013

Irrigation workshops to be held throughout Michigan in 2014

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University Extension is planning several daylong irrigation workshops across the state in 2014. The workshops will provide information relevant to growers of irrigated field crops, fruits, vegetables and ornamentals.

Topics such as the rights, responsibilities and requirements of large-volume water users, the importance of soil and water relationships, and best management practices for irrigators will all be covered in the general morning session. The session will also focus on the hows and whys of irrigation scheduling and various tools available to help growers make irrigation decisions.
In the afternoon, growers can choose from two breakout sessions on design, use and maintenance of irrigation systems. The goal of these workshops is to help growers get optimum yields and use water efficiently.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.
RUP and CCA credits will be available.

2014 workshop dates and locations:
·         Jan. 9 -- Bad Axe, Mich.
·         Jan. 10 -- St. Johns, Mich.
·         Jan. 14 -- Cassopolis, Mich.
·         Feb. 13 -- West Olive, Mich.
·         Feb. 14 -- Coldwater, Mich., morning session only (no charge)
·         March 6 -- Shipshewana, Ind. (no charge)
·         March 12 -- Traverse City, Mich.
·         March 13 -- Prudenville, Mich.
·         March 17 -- Dundee, Mich.
·         March 18 -- Frankenmuth, Mich.
·         March 19 -- Grand Rapids, Mich.

Unless otherwise indicated, the registration fee is $50 per person. To get more information and to register, visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/irrigation.  Questions may be directed to ANR Event Services at events@anr.msu.edu or 517-353-3175.