Farm Journal Yield Tour - Tremont

Tremont, Illinois
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Precision Planting Headquarters
23207 Townline Road
Tremont, IL 61568

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Standard Registration Rate:  $49

Earn a total of 7 CEU Credits at this event!

Hear from the following speakers:


Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Field Test program. Ken applies his extensive, cutting-edge knowledge and his systems approach to farming to the plots. In addition to working with Farm Journal for 20-plus years, he operates an independent agronomic consulting business in central Illinois. A graduate of Illinois State University, Ken credits much of his knowledge of the systems approach to the late Dr. Everett Dennis, who took what Ken had learned in books and "brought it to life." A native of northeast Iowa, Ken has previous experience as a floater operator, crop scout and maintenance manager over three elevators, coop manager and company agronomist. Ferrie is one of the only few completely independent agronomists in the United States. He is not an employee of any agribusiness company (including Farm Journal) and he does not sell anything, accept any commissions or have any hidden agendas. 

Cory Muhlbauer is the Lead Research and Development Agronomist with Precision Planting where his in-field research reveals what is happening at ground level and the impact on yield. During his 5 years at Precision Planting, Cory has developed many strong data driven studies providing insight enabling our engineers to create new products to solve agronomic issues. Prior to joining Precision Planting, Cory served for many years as a Professional Crop Consultant advising growers how to improve their farming operations.


Jason Webster is the Lead Commercial Agronomist at Precision Planting acting as the key researcher and educator for the Precision Planting Commercial team, dealers and growers. As a member of the team, his experience bolsters on-farm research efforts and the capability to provide solid agronomic education for our dealers and growers. Jason is an industry-leading expert in the agronomic and profit impacts of different farming practices. Prior to Precision Planting, Jason worked with Beck's Hybrids as their innovation Lead and Central Illinois Practical Farm Research Director where he conducted research on ways to help growers improve farm profitability. 

John Leif, AgroLiquid Field Agronomy Manager, is a Nebraska native who grew up on a crop and livestock farm. He received a bachelors and master's degree from the University of Nebraska in agronomy and field crop weed control. The first portion of Leif's career was with American Cyanamid and BASF in their crop protection product development group where he worked as a research agronomist. In 2003, Leif joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in their Plant Materials Program. He was the research agronomist for the Rose Lake Plant Material Center in East Lansing for one year and was the manager of the Center for 10 years. During that time the Plant Materials Center provided training and technical tools in the areas of vegetation for erosion control and snow management; tree and shrub establishment; native pollinator habitat improvement; and soil health. He joined AgroLiquid in 2014. 
 Todd Steinacher, AgriGold Regional Agronomist 

Ivan Alex Dozier is an Agronomist with IntelinAir. Ivan spent a lot of time growing up at his grandparent's farm near his birth city of Fairfield, IL, and stayed connected to agriculture through high school, 4-H and FFA activities in Monticello, IL. Ivan received a bachelor's degree in Crop Science with a minor in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Illinois. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Crop Sciences, developing a thesis on precision cover cropping, also at the University of Illinois. Ivan has contributed to agriculture over the years as a team member with Pioneer Hybrid, USDA-ARS and NRCS, Eurofins Scientific and Bayer CropScience. Ivan joined IntelinAir in 2017 and has been a valuable part of the team working directly with farmers to interpret and further develop aerial analytics technology in agriculture. 

Tyne Morgan, host of "U.S. Farm Report," is doing what she calls her "dream job." She is a Missouri girl who has generations of agriculture rooted in her blood. Born and raised in Lexington, Mo., FFA was a big part of her high school career. Through public speaking and various contest teams, she actually plunged into broadcast at a young age of 16. While in high school, she worked at KMZU radio providing the daily farm market updates, as well as local, state and national agriculture news. Although Tyne always knew she wanted to go into TV, it was then she discovered farm broadcasting was her calling. Tyne attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she majored in agriculture journalism, with an emphasis in broadcasting. During her college years, she was a farm broadcast intern for Brownfield Ag News and was the 2006 Missouri State Fair Queen.  
Mark Gold is a former 20-year member of the Chicago Board of Trade, where he was a pit trader and floor  broker. During his time on the floor, Mark Served as a chairman of the Soybean Pit Committee and on the Public Relations Committee. Today, as president and CEO of Top Third Ag Marketing, Mar can be heard daily on Nebraska radio KRVN, Kansas radio KFRM and Missouri radio KMZU. In addition, he is a regular guest on "U.S. Farm Report," "AgDay" and Market to Market. Mark's twice-daily audio grain marketing comments are featured on His passion for agriculture can best be observed at one of the 30 to 40 marketing seminars he presents across the U.S. every year for agriculture bankers, grain elevators and other agriculturally-oriented firms. 

Chip Nellinger draws on over 20 years of experience in the futures industry to help manage risk for agricultural producers. In previous years, Chip has worked on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade helping international commercial grain firms hedge their price risk. He has been a licensed Series 3 commodity broker since 1995 and hols a crop insurance license in the state of Illinois. Chip is a regular market analysis on WNAX radio and can also be seen on "U.S. Farm Report" and "AgDay." A ten-year cancer survivor, he serves on the board of the Illinois CancerCare Foundation. Chip holds a bachelor's in economics from Northern Illinois University and resides in Dunlap, Ill., with his wife and three sons. 
Bob Utterback is a Farm Journal Economist, a registered commodities representative and President/CEO of Utterback Marketing Services, Inc. in New Richmond, Indiana. Bob grew up on a small farm in Indiana and attended Purdue University. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree at Purdue, he went on to earn his Master's Degree at Oregon State University. Today, Bob provides overall technical and fundamental marketing outlooks and strategies regarding agricultural commodities. He and his staff implement trades for individual producers, feedlots and other farm-related operations.

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