Corn College 2014 - Two Day Session (Tuesday-Wednesday)

Heyworth (near Bloomington), Illinois
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Corn College
Tues., July 22 - Wed., July 23, 2014        Heyworth, Ill.

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"Build Your Agronomic 'A' Game" Tentative Agenda*

Tues., July 22, 2014

6:30 – 7:10 a.m. Registration & Hot Breakfast

7:10 – 7:20 a.m. Welcome from Farm Journal

7:20 – 8:05 a.m. The Systems Approach to Zone Management
                         presented by Ken Ferrie

8:05 – 8:15 a.m. Introduction of Sponsors and Color Groups

8:15 – 9:00 a.m. Split General Session:
                          What Your Soil is Telling You OR App Clinic

Split General Session: What Your Soil is Telling You, 
presented by Ken Ferrie

In this session, attendees will learn what a soil test can and can’t tell a farmer and how to figure out exactly what a soil test is telling them. The key components to soil health and how to manage them will be discussed. Lessons learned in this session will set participants up for what they will see in the Water Management breakout.

Split General Session: App Clinic, 
presented by Brad Beutke and Isaac Ferrie

This session will focus on the technology available that can aid farmers in scouting fields. With the help of the Corn College presenters, participants will have hands-on experience in how to use today’s technologies to scout smarter. They will reference an image of the Corn College campus, which will be used to navigate the In-Field Diagnostics breakout.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Expo Break

Attendees will break in four groups 
and rotate through the breakout sessions.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Breakout 1: How to Create Management Zones presented by Brad Beutke 
In this session, all the tools available to growers to help make decisions in creating zones will be covered. Participants will have the chance to break down a field based on its history and will walk through the processes of breaking a field into management zones.

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. Breakout 2: In-Field Diagnostics presented by Isaac Ferrie
Working in small groups participants will head out to the field to navigate their way through four stations. At each station, participants will diagnose the agronomic issues of the zone and develop a treatment plan.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Learn

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Split General Session:
                          What Your Soil is Telling You OR App Clinic

2:45 – 4:00 p.m. Breakout 3: Water Management presented by Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer
In this session participants will go through a series of soil pits to identify the interaction of tillage and water management. This demonstration includes examples with cover crops and how they fit into soil and water management.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Expo Break

4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Breakout 4: 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.

5:45 – 6:15 p.m. Open Agronomic Question 
                         and Answer with Presenters

6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Networking Happy Hour

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Wed., July 23, 2014

6:50 - 7:30 a.m. Hot Breakfast

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Is A Cover Crop for Me? presented by Ken Ferrie

This general session is designed to help farmers clarify what they are trying to accomplish with cover crops and the true cost of putting in a cover crop as well as what cover crop options are available for different regions and agronomic goals.

Attendees will break in three groups 
and rotate through the breakout sessions.

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakout 1: Cover Crop Hurdles presented by Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer
Avoid some of the common pitfalls of improving soil health with cover crops during this in-the-field breakout. This session will cover nitrogen management, allopathic effects, timing of planting and killing cover crops and achieving good stand establishment.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Breakout 2: Yield Monitor Calibration Clinic presented by Brad Beutke 
The difference between accurate and precise data is the key point to successfully capturing yield data for use in zone management. Covering all major brands and models, this session will also cover new technologies on the market, including tools beyond yield monitors.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Expo Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Breakout 3: Zone Management Simulation presented by Isaac Ferrie
With an interactive format, teams of attendees will walk  through a full-season’s worth of decisions based on given parameters. Each team’s agronomic decisions will have to react to the variable weather conditions given out, and the team with the best outcome wins.

11:30 – 12:00 p.m. Open Agronomic Question 
                             and Answer with Presenters

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn presented by Mark Gold, Top Third Ag Marketing

*Agenda is tentative.

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