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2021 Speakers and Presentation Titles Will Be Posted Soon!



2020 Speakers and Presentations
(in order of presentation titles)


Alternative Crops-What We Know, Don't Know, and Should Be Thinking About

Lucas Haag

Lucas Haag

Associate Professor and Northwest Regional Agronomist
K-State Northwest Research-Extension Center, Colby, KS

We will take a look at alternative crops: field peas, industrial hemp, canola, spring wheat, dry edible beans, and more. We’ll discuss what we know, don’t know, and should be thinking about.


Beyond Grain: The Value of Wheat in the Production Chain

 Aaron Harries photo

Aaron Harries

Vice President of Research and Operations
Kansas Wheat, Manhattan, KS

The continued decline of wheat acres in Kansas has many asking “Does wheat have a future”. This session will examine the challenges and opportunities ahead of wheat and how value in the production chain will evolve in the future.


Cover Crops as a Weed Management Tool

 Malynda ODayLuke Chism

Luke Chism and Malynda O'Day

Weed Science Grad Students
K-State Dept. of Agronomy, Manhattan, KS

As weed management with herbicides becomes more difficult many producers are asking about the role cover crops could play. This session will cover the potential opportunities and the lessons learned from research projects located across Kansas.


Current Financial Status of NW Kansas Farms

Jordan Steele

Jordan Steele

Executive Extension Agricultural Economist
Northwest Farm Management Association, Colby

Using data from northwest Kansas farms, we take a look at opportunities for profitability and where producers should be alert for possible concerns.


Insect Management in Dryland Corn


Sarah Zukoff

Sarah Zukoff

K-State Southwest Research-Extension Center, Garden City

Increasing acres of continuous dryland corn may require changes in insect management, often a new practice in dryland production. This session will cover performance of Bt trait technologies and how to chose a trait technology. Additionally, economic thresholds for spider mites in dryland corn will be discussed due to increased pressure in recent seasons.


Planter Technology Advancements


Ajay Sharda

Associate Professor, Ag Machinery Systems
K-State Dept. of Biological and Ag Engineering, Manhattan, KS

A look at various planter technologies on the market and results from on-farm experiments with downforce technologies and how they can influence seed placement and emergence.


Soil Testing- Interpretations Matter


Dorivar Ruiz-Diaz

Professor, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
K-State Dept. of Agronomy, Manhattan, KS

While many are familiar with using soil tests for N and P, how do you read the rest of your test and what does it mean? This session will also present new findings on the value of various “soil-health” soil test methods.

The War on Weeds

Jeanne Falk Jones

Jeanne Falk Jones

Multi-County Agronomist
Wallace, Sherman, and Cheyenne Counties

Control of troublesome weeds like Palmer amaranth and tumble windmill grass will be discussed. The optimal time in a rotation to control as well as the use of overlapping residuals will be discussed.

What Drives Efficiency and Profitability in Irrigated Corn? Lessons Learned from the TAPS Grower Competition

 D Rudnik

Daran Rudnik

Irrigation Management Specialist
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

The TAPS program is a competition amongst teams of growers to strive for maximum input efficiency and profitability. What lessons have been learned in the past 3 years?


Why Does a Food Company Care About Soil? An Intro to General Mills' Ag Commitment

 Steve Rosenzweig photograph

Steve Rosenzweig

Soil Scientist
General Mills

Why did General Mills commit to advancing regenerative agriculture on 1 million acres of farmland by 2030? Steve Rosenzweig, Soil Scientist at General Mills, will talk about trends in the food industry and the journey within the company that led to the commitment, and how the company defines and measures regenerative agriculture. He will also discuss how they are partnering with farmers, suppliers, agronomists, and researchers in Kansas to improve the profitability, environmental footprint, and resilience of agriculture in the region.

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