Corn College Fundamentals - Two Day Session (Wednesday-Thursday)

Coldwater, Michigan
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Corn College Fundamentals of High Yields: 
The Foundation to the Systems Approach
Wed., July 30 - Thurs., July 31, 2014    Coldwater, MI

The classroom and in-the-field sessions provide hands-on fundamental agronomic tools that provide a foundation to maximize yields and revenue in 2014. Come prepared to fill your toolbox with the latest, most innovative agronomic practices including: developing zone management, the importance of using ground truthing, in-field corn diagnostics, the impacts of starter fertilizer, nitrogen management and the ever-popular soil density pits.

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2014 Tentative Agenda*

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
6:45 – 7:30 a.m. Registration & Hot Breakfast

7:30 – 7:45 a.m. Welcome from Farm Journal

7:45 – 9:00 a.m. General Session: Master Emergence for Higher
                         Yields presented by Missy Bauer

This session will take a deep look into stand establishment, the microenvironment around the seed and the importance of uniformity across a field. Starting with the Systems Approach from planter setup to evaluating the growth, development, and timing of stress on the plant, these topics are certain to ratchet up corn yields.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. General Session: Nitrogen Management 365
                           presented by Missy Bauer

This session will include a year-round, full circle look at nitrogen management from early applications to managing residue. It will evaluate the risk of loss and how to manage carbon penalty

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break/Expo Open

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout 1

11:45 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Learn

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Breakout 2

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Break/Expo Open

3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Breakout 3

4:45 - 5:30 p.m. General Session: How to Use Zone
                         Management On Your Farm presented
                         by Missy Bauer
This session will allow participants to put zones into practice learning how to use them for nitrogen and population purposes.

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Networking Happy Hour

6:30 p.m. Dinner

Wednesday's Breakout Session Information

Breakout 1: A Systems Approach to Soil Density 
                  presented by Missy Bauer
Head to the main soil pit to learn the effects of horizontal vs vertical tillage. In addition, learn more about corn-on-corn, how to evaluate soil density in no-till and how tillage plays a role in residue management based on crop rotation.

Breakout 2: Identifying Yield Limiting Factors 
                   presented by Bill Bauer and Brad Beutke
Participants will use in-field corn diagnostics to evaluate where problems are arising and develop solutions to improve uniformity across the field. The goal of uniformity is to have picket fence stands and photo copied plants and ears.

Breakout 3: The Unexpected and Unwanted Call 
                    presented by Fred Whitford
This session will cover farm safety and specific steps to take after a farm accident. Learn what to expect during the aftermath of a farm accident including practical protocols and legal considerations.Take pro-active safety measures on your farm to avoid tragic situations.

Thursday, July 31, 2014
6:45 – 7:30 a.m. Hot Breakfast

7:30 – 8:15 a.m. General Session: Start Right with Starter
                         Fertilizer presented by Missy Bauer

This session will cover the importance of placement, the different effects of starter blends and how seed quality factors into starter decisions.

8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Breakout 1

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Break/Expo Open

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Breakout 2

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout 3

11:45 – Noon Open Agronomic Question and Answer with

Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Learn
                            presented by Mark Gold, Top Third Ag

Thursday Breakout Session Information

Breakout 1: Keys to Evaluate Starter Fertilizer
                 presented by Missy Bauer

This in-field demonstration will evaluate corn root growth, ear development and maturity. It will provide participants useful starter fertilizer information to put into practice performing trials on their farm.

Breakout 2: In-Field Tillage Tool Evaluation
                 presented by Bill Bauer

Head to the soil density pits to evaluate tillage tool performance and its impact on soil density related to the environment and agronomic goals.

Breakout 3: Zone Management Put Into Practice
                 presented by Brad Beutke

This will be a hands-on demonstration including: developing management zones, the importance of ground truthing and steps to adapt variable rate applications. This session will also show the benefit of zone management versus grid systems.

*Agenda is tentative.

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