South Dakota Agri-Business Association - Event Information

Event Name:Agronomy Conference

The South Dakota Agri-Business Association is pleased to provide the annual Agronomy Conference in December of each year.

This conference provides an opportunity to learn the latest trends in crop management and production, as well as to earn 20 CCA credits in just two days.

Event Date:12/15/2021 - 12/16/2021
Event Time:7:30 AM - 5:45 PM Central
Location:Sioux Falls Convention Center
1101 N West Ave
Sioux Falls, SD

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Contact Person:Kathy Zander
(phone: (605) 224-2445)
Details:WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2021
10-CEUs:  2 NM, 1 SW, 2 PM, 3 CM
8:00-8:50 AM       Winter Wheat Production in Corn-Soybean Rotation, Nathan Mueller, UNL (1 CM)
Discover why some farmers are moving from a strict corn-soybean rotation to a successful flex-rotation where some winter wheat acres are considered each year and strategically integrated into their cropping system. Hear about intensive management recommendations of winter wheat that lead to higher and more consistent yields on the eastern fringe of the hard red winter wheat production region.
8:50-9:40 AM  New Innovations in 4R Fertility Management for High-Yielding Corn, Scott Foxhoven, U of I (1 NM)
How can you get the most out of your fertilizer application? The 4R’s (Right: Source, Rate, Timing, and Placement) is a timeless concept… BUT it needs constant innovation to stay relevant with today’s evolving production practices. For the last ten years we have been researching new fertilizer source and placement technologies and how those are changing the way we think about fertilizer rate and timing. This involves not only thinking about the fertilizer application, but also management factors that affect a crop’s fertility needs: planting population, genetic selection, planting date, fungicide, etc.
9:40-9:55 AM       BREAK                
9:55-11:35 AM     High Impact Meteorology in Production Ag, Eric Snodgrass, Nutrien (2 CM)
Weather is a constant source of risk in production ag and the incredibly large range of weather events in South Dakota make it the epicenter for volatility. In this talk we will quickly recap the 2021 growing season, discuss how winter weather might impact the 2022 growing season, and talk about the progress of the South American growing season. I will provide a lot of resources on how to obtain and use high-quality weather information. We will also talk about high-impact weather events and how to forecast them.
11:35-12:15 PM   LUNCH
12:15-1:05 PM      Drainage Design and 4Rs of Nitrogen Management to Optimize Crop Yield and Minimize Nitrate Loss, Matt Helmers, IA State (1 SW)
Subsurface drainage is important for optimizing crop production in much of the Upper Midwest. As concern about nitrate loss from drainage systems increases, there is a need to understand how drainage design and nitrogen management impact both crop production and nitrate loss. This presentation will report on studies from Iowa and highlight that there are opportunities for balancing crop production and nitrate loss.
1:05-1:55 PM       Disease Management Update, Daren Mueller, IA State (1 PM)
This talk will cover field crop disease management updates, including new information about important corn and soybean diseases. This includes, among other topics, diseases such as Goss’s wilt of corn and white mold of soybean.
1:55-2:10 PM       BREAK 
2:10-3:00 PM       The Highs and Lows of Soil pH Management, John Breker, AGVISE Labs  (1 SW)
Soil pH is a fundamental soil property that controls soil nutrient availability and governs many chemical and biological reactions that take place in soil. The soils of the northern Great Plains have been broadly classified as calcareous, or those with high soil pH; however, we are finding more and more acidic soils in the region and within fields through precision soil sampling. With both high soil pH and low soil pH on your radar, it is not always clear which soils present a problem and which take priority. John will discuss soil pH variability within fields and soil management options for acidic and calcareous soils. He will cover soil amendments, including lime, as well as alternative options for soil pH challenges.
3:00-3:50 PM       Carbon Management and Opportunities, Nick Ward, Ward Laboratories (1 NM)
What are carbon credits and is there money to be made?
3:50-4:00 PM       BREAK
4:00-4:50 PM       Weed Control Do’s and Don’ts: Protecting Crop Yield, Christy Sprague, MSU (1 PM)
The economic sustainability of any farm is dependent on maximizing crop yield. The number one pest that impacts yield is weeds. Several factors can affect a crops ability to compete with weeds: variety selection, planting date, row width, and plant population. Additionally, weed type, density, and time of weed emergence can influence yield. This session will focus on management strategies including proper weed identification and using multiple herbicide sites of action to maximize weed control without impacting yield.
4:50-5:40 PM       Chelators: Are They All the Same? Ryan Hageman, CHS Agronomy (1 SW)
How different types of chelation affect the availability of nutrients in the soil.
10 CCA CEUs: 3 NM, 2 SW, 3 PM, 2 CM
8:00-8:50 AM       Insect Management, Adam Varenhorst, SDSU (1 PM)
The focus of this talk is to cover what insects are the biggest issues, what insecticide classes are out there for managing them and how we can strive to avoid insect populations that are resistant to insecticides.
8:50-9:40              What Can We Learn from Truck Accidents, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 CM)
Just because someone else is at fault from a traffic accident doesn’t necessarily mean you or the company are absolved. Learn how lawyers and the courts work when it comes to highway accidents involving spray application equipment and pesticides transported on the highway. More importantly, you will learn why keeping the trucks and trailers repaired and maintaining maintenance records is so important in protecting the driver and company.
9:40-9:55 AM       BREAK 
9:55-10:45 AM  Hoses: The Arteries of Application Equipment, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 CM)
Most discussions about pesticide application equipment focus on tank construction and size, pump output, boom design, nozzle type, and electronic components. But there is often little thought or discussion of hoses, which are integral parts of the spraying system on all application equipment. The bottom line is that using the correct hoses and inspecting them routinely are the cornerstones to managing these “arteries” of application equipment.
10:45-11:35 AM    Technology Update: Unmanned Aircraft in Agriculture, Mark Askelson, UND (1 PM)
Unmanned aircraft (drone) technologies are advancing rapidly.  Some of the advancements and uses of unmanned aircraft in agriculture will be presented, including challenges and recommendations for beginners.  In addition, a look to future applications will be provided, including how technology advancements (and increasing integration of systems into the airspace) will alter agricultural drone use.
11:35-12:15 PM   LUNCH
12:15-1:05 PM     Soil Acidification: Causes, Mitigation,
Adaptation and Prevention, Cain Jones, Montana State University (1 SW)     
Dr. Jones will present the causes of soil acidification, and then present how to prevent and mitigate this growing problem. He will also identify some crops that do better than others in acidic soils, and how phosphorus in the seed row can help.
1:05-1:55 PM       Soil Fertility Research at NDSU 1980-2021, Jay Goos, NDSU Retired (1 NM)
Dr. Goos summarizes over 40 years of soil fertility research at NDSU, including fertilization of small grains, soil urease and nitrification inhibitors, and the latest concepts for controlling iron deficiency chlorosis of soybeans.
1:55-2:10 PM       BREAK
2:10-3:00 PM       Additives vs Adjuvants and Nozzle Selection, Bryan Young, Purdue (1 PM)
Numerous products are being thrown in the spray tank along with herbicides and other pesticides.  What’s the difference between spray additives and adjuvants?  We have an extremely narrow margin of error with herbicides intended to control weeds resistant to glyphosate and the proper use of adjuvants and spray nozzles are key in optimizing these foliar herbicide applications.
3:00-3:50 PM       Cover Crops Influence on Corn Nitrogen Requirements, Jason Clark, SDSU (1 NM) 
Planting cover crops can improve soil quality. However, cover crops may change the amount and timing of nitrogen provided to the crop from decomposition (mineralization), which may increase or decrease needed N fertilizer to optimize corn grain yield. We will discuss the impact of various cover crop compositions on crop yield based on recent research conducted in South Dakota.
3:50-4:00 PM       BREAK
4:00-4:50 PM       Management of Cover Crops Within Rotations, Jason Fruechte, Millborne Seeds (1 SW)
The use of cover crops continues to get more popular and understanding the agronomic rotations and best use practices is important for all agronomists. Justin will work through common scenarios that put the correct cover crop mixtures in place to maximize producers’ goals.
4:50-5:40 PM       Fertilizer Research Update in Corn and Soybean, Peter Kovacs, SDSU (1 NM)
The presentation will provide updates from recent and current field research conducted in SD. The presentation will focus on N application’s impact on corn grain yield, and soybean nutrient management to increase grain yield and grain protein levels.
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