Great Lakes Crop Summit Set For Jan. 22 and 23 in Battle Creek

Event provides updates ranging from Honey Bees to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Published on: Jan 16, 2014

The inaugural Great Lakes Crop Summit has something for everyone on the farm, from crop production and management to cutting-edge topics, according to Natalie Rector, Research Coordinator for the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan. 

"The concurrent session format provides a perfect opportunity to bring your farm partners or family members so you don't miss anything," she says

One day is not enough for this event, so it will be held January 22 and 23, at FireKeepers Casino and Hotel in Battle Creek. 

Topics over the day and a half Summit will include corn, wheat and soybean production and plant protection as well as topics ranging from row spacing to rotations to record keeping. Also included will be topics you are hearing about but will now have a chance to talk about with expert speakers.

Great Lakes Crop Summit Set For Jan. 22 and 23 in Battle Creek
Great Lakes Crop Summit Set For Jan. 22 and 23 in Battle Creek

Gretchen West, Executive Vice President for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, will talk about the current and future use of unmanned aerial vehicles and robots in agriculture.

Experts from Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development will provide a greater understanding of bee pollinators and colony collapse disorder as well as new EPA labeling for farms. 

Who hasn't noticed the rapid changes to the landscape regarding soil drainage and irrigation? Climate change and the uniquely precious water resources the Great Lakes Region holds will be brought to life by Dr. Jeff Andresen, Steve Miller and Lyndon Kelley, who bring years of experience on the subjects from MSU.

Join your neighbors from around the Midwest at the Summit, which will feature more than 20 different speakers and topics for all corn, soybean and wheat producers, as well as an exhibitor trade show. Other sessions will include discussions on control and prevention of wheat and soybean diseases, rotation effects, nitrogen management, seed quality and seeding rates. Twelve (12) Restricted Use Pesticide credits and ten (10) Certified Crop Adviser credits are available for full conference attendance.

Discounted room rates at FireKeepers are available with the code 01 21 14 ROOM.

Sponsored by the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan, the Wheat Program and the Soybean Promotion Committee, registration for the two-day conference is $125.  The sessions begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 and conclude on Thursday, Jan. 23 at noon.  Second farm and family registrants are $100. Complete details and registration information can be found at or by calling Theresa Sisung at (517) 668-2676.