Soybean College (Tuesday)

Coldwater, Michigan
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Soybean College
Tues., July 29, 2014     Coldwater, MI

Get on the path to understanding soybean yield components and growth stages to increase soybean bushels and revenue in 2014. Join Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer and the team for a one-day in-depth classroom experience and hands-on in-the-field breakouts to prepare you for the race to higher yields. Sessions include lessions in the fundamentals of yield components, identifying reproductive stages, in-field demonstrations on managing soybean growth, the timing of stress, how to fight common diseases and the use and value of adjuvants.

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2014 Tentative Agenda*

7:00 – 7:30 a.m. Registration and Hot Breakfast

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. General Session: Master the Basics for Building
                         Big Soybean Yields, presented by Missy Bauer
It’s back to the basics of understanding the fundamentals of plant components including pods, nodes and  seed size to increase soybean production.

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. General Session: Break Through Key Soybean
                          Yield Barriers, presented by Missy Bauer

This session will provide attendees the details of soybean growth, focusing on photosynthesis and respiration. Using the building blocks of yield components, learn how to evaluate the plant based on the environment and stress levels.

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Break/Expo Open

Attendees will split into groups and rotate through breakouts.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Breakout 1

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout 2

11:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout 3

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Breakout 4

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Break/Expo Open

4:00 - 4:45 p.m. General Session: Explore the Opportunities of
                        Variable Rate Population, presented by Missy

With reports from in-field research, this session will cover the benefits and possibilities of adopting variable population in soybeans.

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. Wrap-Up Question and Answer

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Networking Happy Hour

6 p.m. Dinner, sponsored by BASF

Information about breakout sessions is below.

In the Field Growth Stages presented by Brad Buetke
This breakout on the fundamentals of the stages of soybean growth and how to gather and identify the reproductive stages, timing of stress, pest pressure and pod counts.

Managing Soybean Growth presented by Missy Bauer
Participants will head to the field and navigate their way through in-field demonstrations that will provide the essential tools to measure soybean growth and how to relate it back to what happens in the field. Learn how row spacing and soybean variety selection play into potential yield components, how to harvest sunlight and how to monitor temperature and humidity inside the canopy.

Tackle Two Large Yield Robbers presented by Bill Bauer
SDS and white mold are two of the largest yield robbers driven by the environment aside from soybean cyst nematodes. Learn how to fight through these two diseases and continue on the path to high yields.

Adjuvants and the Water Droplet presented by Fred Whitford
Adjuvants are used to enhance herbicide performance on target pests. The goal of this presentation is to highlight the function and value of the thousands of adjuvants available so that applicators can make the perfect spray application.

*Agenda is tentative.

Click here for a map to the Farm Journal Campus. 
PLEASE NOTE: the campus is on Fremont ROAD not Fremont Street. Most internet maps and GPS devices give INCORRECT directions. Please print and use this map.


Contact Information

  • Phone: 1-877-482-7203

    Your registration is 100% refundable through June 13, 2014.
    From June 14 - 27, your registration is 50% refundable. 
    Sorry, no refunds after June 27, 2014.