The Farm Journal Corn and Soybean College is a 2-day event that brings together presenters, farmers, and industry personnel that are passionate about raising the bar in farming. This is an unsponsored event making more time for our agronomists to spend with attendees, getting their questions answered, and more time to spend in the field.
As always, the event in Heyworth, IL has all new content each year and includes material on corn and soybeans. It is a packed event that gives attendees applicable knowledge via a blend of inside classroom sessions and in-field hands-on sessions. As a bonus, this year’s attendees of the in-person event on August 3rd and 4th, 2021 will also receive a ticket to attend the 1-day Crop-Tech Virtual Winter College on January 4th, 2022. Material for the 1-day virtual event is a condensed version of the 2-day in-person event and will include updates to show the follow through to yield with live Q & A segments throughout the day.
Covers, Carbon Credits, and CO2
Covers and carbon credits are getting a lot of airtime recently. This session helps set realistic expectations on their true costs and benefits. Tillage systems, crop rotation, cover crop selection and kill timing, and soil fertility all can impact the amount of carbon sequestration and CO2 released. This presentation will ensure that you understand the whole system before you implement a change.
Environmental Triangle Simulation
This simulation allows participants to test themselves on putting into practice the different principals presented. They will be given different scenarios to see how they would adjust the human environment to manage around the challenges presented in the physical and natural environment.
Navigating Through Nutrient Regulations
This session will look across several different programs available today that are trying to solve the nutrient management issue, their ease of use, and their challenges and benefits. Growers can be better equipped to navigate their way through current and future nutrient management plans, whether they be voluntary or mandated.
Maximizing the Natural Environment for High Yield Soybeans
Environmental changes are giving us more frost-free days in April every year. This session will look at how we take advantage of these extra days. This breakout will cover how planting date, maturity selection, seed bed preparation, and timing of post herbicide application can help maximize these “free” days.
The Stress Test
How many ways can you manage stress? Every decision you make throughout the growing season will either add or alleviate stress for your growing crop. This breakout demonstrates how making these decisions on hybrid selection, population, crop rotation, residue management and more can manage stress and maximize yield.
Managing Your Subsurface Environment
This in-field session is looking beneath the surface while examining soil density and the impact it can have on root growth and water availability. From the moldboard plow, all the way to no-till and cover crops, your residue management decisions impact soil density. Attendees will get down and dirty, digging plants and utilizing soil pits to evaluate different subsurface environments.
It All Starts in The Furrow
Effectively managing the furrow environment requires attention to all aspects of the environmental triangle. This session will show you how to evaluate the effectiveness of your closing system and row cleaners across multiple tillage/no-till environments and look at new technology on the market to assist in doing a better job of creating the perfect furrow environment.
Storage Tanks for Micronutrients-Choose Wisely by Asking Questions
With increasing use of micronutrients and projections that the market will continue to expand, the question arises of which tank material is best suited for storing these fertilizers. This presentation will discuss factors you will want to consider when choosing between poly, fiberglass, carbon steel, and stainless-steel tanks to store micronutrient fertilizers.
The Influence of Cover Crops on the Environmental Triangle
This breakout looks at the true ROI of cover crops in corn and beans. The session walks through changes that can be made in your 4 R practices and hybrid selection to help manage the obstacles that come with adding cover crops to your cropping rotation.