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2019 Soybean Summit

Funded by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, this one-day Summit provides a fantastic lineup of expert speakers sharing the latest agronomic tools and technology, along with actionable recommendations to boost your yields and improve your bottom line. And for Certified Crop Advisers, CEUs were offered for each breakout session.

2019 Soybean Summit Presentations

Bryce Knorr - Farm Futures

From acreage to trade to tariffs, uncertainty hangs over the soybean market as growers try to finalize planting decisions for 2019. How are profit prospects shaping up in what could be a pivotal year for the industry? Six years in a row of above average yields have growers at a turning point.

Bryce Knorr is the senior grain market analyst for Farm Futures magazine. With more than 30 years of experience in the grain markets as a writer, analyst, broker and commodity trading adviser, Knorr writes a market outlook and strategy column for Farm Futures and the Farm Progress publications, including Prairie Farmer. In addition to forecasts for grains, fuel, fertilizer and financial markets for, he is one of the analysts surveyed by wire services for estimates prior to USDA crop reports.

Sean Arians - GrainCoat LLC

Today, “technology” and “innovation” can seem like buzz words in the agriculture industry. But what do they really mean for your operation? Sean discussed the decision-making process, how to evaluate technology’s usefulness and outline pointers for determining which opportunities are a good fit for you.

Sean Arians, GrainCoat LLC., has dedicated his career to finding solutions to some of the biggest issues facing growers today. From his initial roles of ag tech field support—as the boots on the ground—to his current position with Bayer’s Ag Affairs and Sustainability team, Sean has been focused on using technology to solve real-time problems for more than a decade. But Sean’s experience doesn’t stop in the corporate world. Sean credits his industry know-how to his responsibilities in managing his family’s centennial farming operation in northwestern Illinois and has brought his determination to solve problems right to his own farm. Sean recently founded GrainCoat LLC—a marketing and inventory management app—that helps solve his and many other farmers’ grain management challenges.

John McGillicuddy - McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics

How are you allocating resources within your soybean fields? You have a fixed amount of water, sunshine and critical minerals. Your pod retention will be limited by one of these. How we allocate resources to the parts of the plants we sell (beans) and not tie up too many critical resources in the parts we don’t (stems, roots and leaves) is crucial in high yield soybeans. Mastering the dynamic balance of soils, sunlight, water, population, spacing and planting date will allow maximum yields on minimum seeding rates.

John McGillicuddy, McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics, is an independent agronomist who contracts with Wyffels Hybrids, Peterson Farms Seeds and other independent seed companies to provide technical support to their sales staff members. McGillicuddy has a degree in chemistry from the University of Iowa and has been employed for 39 years in hybrid and fertility research, field agronomy, technical support and weed science in the upper Midwest and the Southwest. He has served as a regional development agronomist for two seed companies and was director of agronomic research for IGF Crop Insurance.

Terry Wyciskalla, CPAg, CCA, 4RNMS - Wyciskalla Consulting, LLC

This presentation discussed grid versus zone soil sampling and variable rate fertilizer and lime application to improve nutrient management with its implication for improving water quality. It also examined the interpolation differences of the two sampling schemes and their influence on nutrient management recommendations. Plus, some additional soil fertility considerations on soil test results interpretation.

Terry is the owner/operator of Wyciskalla Consulting, LLC, an independent crop consulting firm specializing in soil fertility, soil sampling and nutrient management planning. He received his B.S. and M.S. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU-C) in the area of Plant and Soil Sciences. He has been doing soil sampling and nutrient management work since 1994 while working as a researcher and instructor in the Plant Soil and Ag Systems Department at SIU-C. Terry is a 25-year member of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) and holds a number of agronomic certifications including Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg) – National, Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) – Illinois, and 4R Nutrient Management Specialist (4RNMS) – National.

Brian Haschemeyer - Brandt

Growers are interested in new tools and products that can increase yield and profitability. Companies have been marketing micronutrients, biostimulants, biologicals and PGRs (plant growth regulators) to growers with the promise of greater yield. This presentation identified the different categories of products, when to best apply, what to expect when applied, their impact on growth and yield, and, most importantly, when you will get a return on investment. This presentation was geared toward helping growers make more informed decisions regarding the purchase and application of these products.

Brian Haschemeyer is the Director of Discovery and Innovation for the Brandt Specialty Formulations Division. Responsibilities include overseeing agronomic support, product development and laboratory services. Haschemeyer has been with Brandt for 12
years, most recently as Manager of Chemistry and Laboratory Services on the Discovery and Innovation team, working on a wide range of products to improve plant health. A native of central Illinois, Haschemeyer has a B.S. in Chemistry from Western Illinois University.

Ivan A. Dozier - IntelinAir

Technological advancements are pushing the bounds of what agriculturalists can achieve from aerial insights—better resolution enables better decision making over a broader area at more affordable prices. However, this new era presents its own challenges in data management. With more information pouring in than ever before, how can we cultivate a new generation of imagery and data users to achieve actionable, efficient insights that can be true game-changers for agricultural operations?

Ivan A. Dozier, IntelinAir, is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Department of Crop Sciences, minoring in Atmospheric Sciences. Ivan also holds a master’s degree in Crop Sciences, during the pursuit of which he taught classes in Horticulture and Crop Growth and Management while also completing a thesis on cover crops in Illinois. Ivan’s professional experience includes working for Pioneer Hybrids, USDA-ARS, and Bayer before joining IntelinAir as an agronomist in March 2017. Ivan has served as IntelinAir’s Chief Agronomist for over a year, working directly with customers to develop agronomic insights from aerial analysis as well as with IntelinAir’s engineers to develop field data-based algorithms to continuously improve the firm’s AgMRI® remote sensing tools.

Bob Wells & Dan Davidson - ISA Yield Challenge

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) has been sponsoring the Yield Challenge since 2010. Over the past nine years there have been nearly 1,000 entries in the Yield Challenge, which consists of side-by-side comparisons as well as a straight yield contest in which several entries have broken the century mark. ISA has been sponsoring the Yield Challenge to encourage growers to try new practices and share results and the Yield Challenge, will highlight what was learned through the many practices and technologies adopted.

Bob Wells, ISA Yield Challenge Coordinator
Dan Davidson, ISA Contractor

John Fulton, Ph.D. - The Ohio State University

Vast amounts of data can be collected through today’s machinery and technology on a field-by-field basis. This presentation touched on the type and level of farm data that can be collected today and the sharing of this data to 3rd party companies offering digital technologies to support crop production. Additional discussion included how this data is being analyzed with new analytical techniques such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to bring new learning and information back to the farm.

John Fulton, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Food, Agriculture and Biological Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. His research and extension focus is on precision agriculture, machinery automation, and use of spatial data to improve crop production and the farm business. Most recently, he has been working in translational data analytics developing telemetry solutions and digital tools to help improve the farm business and in-season decisions.

Landon Frye - Granular Inc.

Data and technology are moving a mile a minute, but few are figuring out how and where to harness the maps, files, spreadsheets and reports. Attendees learned about the current landscape, what is working, where all this technology is going, and how long until it all turns into a one-click “easy button.”

Landon Frye is the Director of Business Development for Granular Inc. out of their Champaign, Illinois office. He has worked with Granular since it launched in the fall of 2014 and has led efforts to grow the customer footprint in the Midwest for both Granular farm management software and the AcreValue information website. Prior to Granular, he was a loan officer with Farm Credit Illinois. Landon graduated from the University of Illinois and grew up on a farm in Havana, Illinois.

2019 Soybean Summit - Things to Know

If you grow soybeans - and especially if you want bigger yields and better profits - be sure to sign up for the 2019 ILSoyAdvisor Soybean Summit. Funded in part by the Illinois Soybean Association checkoff program, this year’s Soybean Summit will educate producers and production industry participants on various management techniques that can lead to higher yields and greater profitability.

Attending the Soybean Summit is FREE and includes complimentary breakfast, lunch and coffee throughout the day.

This year's Summit will host two keynote sessions featuring Bryce Knorr, senior market analyst for Farm Futures, sharing on marketing strategies in times of tariffs and low commodity prices and Sean Arians, a farmer and the founder of GrainCoat LLC, discussing the decision-making process when it comes to evaluating new technologies and fitting them into your production practices.

And be sure to stick around until the end - the Summit will finish with a farmer roundtable focused on “Challenges and Viable Solutions in Soybean Production,” including an audience Q&A session.

Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to 7-hours of CEUs in the following categories:
(1) Nutrient Management
(1) Soil & Water Management
(8) Crop Management
(1) Professional Development

Need to check how many CEU Credits you have? Log in to your account to view your status, register for exams, search the directory, and more.

Attendees can gather information on the latest products and services from sponsors and exhibitors at the Soybean Summit trade show.

Interested in being an exhibitor at this year's trade show? Contact the ISA Meeting and Events Planning Team at 888-826-4011 or to learn more.

We'd like to thank the 2019 Soybean Summit sponsors

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