Since its inception in 1996, the Center for Excellence has grown to become a familiar educational platform for agricultural technology and innovation. On-farm demonstration plots show the economics of using conservation tillage and the latest technology available to farmers. Two 40-acre family farms are used for demonstration during field day activities. One in Clayton, Michigan on highly erodible soil demonstrates various tillage systems and a closed loop waste water wetland sub-irrigation system. The farm in Morenci, Michigan demonstrates the newest technology available to landowners/farmers.

A field day is hosted each August to view the in-field research and a Yield Results Crops Day is held in January to review data. The Field Day is now held on the second Wednesday of August, one week earlier than in previous years, to avoid conflict with another agricultural event.

The 2019 Center for Excellence Field Day was held on Wednesday, August 14th. Approximately 350 people have attended this event in past years, and it has become the largest agricultural event in southeast Michigan.

The morning Field Day line-up at Bakerlads Farm in Clayton, Michigan included concurring sessions and trailer tours hosting a variety of new conservation technology stops.

The afternoon portion of the Field Day moved to Raymond and Stutzman Farms in Morenci, Michigan where, following lunch and a guest noontime speaker, additional sessions were held, including equipment demonstrations.

The Field Day was also an approved MAEAP Phase I meeting, and RUP and CCA credits were awarded.

However, this year's Crop Day has been CANCELLED due to lack of reporting data and reduced funding. Scheduled every January, this follow-up to the field day usually brings demonstration plot yield information, as well as a variety of speakers to the agricultural community.  The dismal spring this year had a huge impact on the demonstration plots and their results.

A printed report will be mailed out in late January or early February 2020 to Field Day attendees.  To request a printed report, fill out the appropriate name and address in the contact form to the right and submit.  

Thank you

2019 Center for Excellence Sponsors!

Andre Land Forming * Blissfield State Bank * Bruggeman Law Offices, P.C.

Corn Marketing Program of MI * Farmer-Led Watershed Conservation/Erb Family Foundation

Fulton Soil & Water Conservation District * Gleaner Life Insurance Society * Green Field Ag

GreenStone Farm Credit Services * Haviland Drainage Products

Kemner-Iott Benz & Auto Owners Insurance * Lenawee Community Foundation

Lenawee County Farm Bureau * LG Seeds * Michigan Agricultural Commodities, Inc.

Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee * Milk Source LLC * NEFCO * Nutrien Ag Solutions

Ottawa Lake Co-op * Pioneer Hi-Bred * Plant Tuff, Inc. * Prattville Fertilizer & Grain Inc.

Precision Ag Services, Inc. * River Raisin Watershed Council * The Andersons, Inc.

Triple K Irrigation * USDA-FSA & NRCS Michigan

Supplemental Support Sponsors:

Ag Leader * EGLE * Michigan State University * MI Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development

The Ohio State University Extension * Lennard Ag Co. * Sieler’s Water Systems

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