Wisconsin farmers seeking answers to their marketing, production and business management questions can find them, and much more, at the upcoming 2019 Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo Jan. 31 through Feb. 1 at the Kahlahari Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells.
The state’s hallmark event for row-crop farmers kicks off Thursday, Jan. 31 at 8 a.m. with Commodity Market Analyst Kevin Van Trump, president and founder of Farm Direction and the Van Trump Report discussing current market factors.
Thursday’s general session is hosted by Wisconsin Agvocate Kim Bremmer, exploring the truth about agriculture and whether we can win the war of words. Ag Economist David Kohl follows, addressing the global economic trends that are impacting farm business, family and personal life. Kohl’s “Straight Talk, Straight Actions” offers insight and answers to the most commonly asked questions by producers, owners and managers facing the current economy.
Annual meetings of state soybean and corn programs take place at noon, Thursday, Jan. 31, and the Wisconsin Pork Association annual meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. While the association annual meetings are free, open to the public and no advance registration is required, admission to all other meetings and the trade show require a paid registration.
Afternoon breakout sessions Thursday cover a wide range of crop production issues, along with tax and succession planning, grain handling safety, UAVs and remote sensing, how to handle tough farm topics and emotional health. Soybean Specialist Shawn Conley will host a “beer and bull” session Thursday afternoon, while Corn Specialist Joe Lauer will discuss managing “the band” for higher corn yields. State corn growers will also lead a program update session and a session on the national soil health partnership, while farmer-lead watershed groups and Discovery Farms update their on-farm initiatives.
Friday begins with an 8 a.m. Early Riser Session from Naomi Blohm, covering the 2019 Grain Outlook, and a panel discussion with presidents of state soybean, corn and pork association leaders headlines Friday’s general session. John Phipps, Farm Journal Columnist and U.S. Farm Report Commentator, provides Friday’s keynote address at Corn/Soy Expo with his unique insight into what works, what doesn’t and what we might try to survive in today’s unusual farming climate.
Educational sessions culminate Friday afternoon with a 2-hour agronomic session from Jerry Hatfield addressing “The Path to Soil Health & Why We Should Follow It.” Hatfield is a plant physiologist and since 1989 has served as Laboratory Director of the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. A learned researcher and speaker, his work focuses on understanding farming systems and their response to water, nitrogen and management interactions across soil and field variations and tools for managing risk within these systems.
A trade show with over 125 company exhibits provides farmers with time to discover what’s new in the industry and network with other farmers and industry representatives. The trade show opens at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 and ends the day with a trade show reception that evening from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The trade show reopens Friday, Feb. 2, 7:30 a.m., for a continental breakfast and runs Friday until 12:30 p.m., when the sit-down luncheon starts.
Registration for Corn/Soy Expo is available online at www.CornSoyExpo.org. Registration material also can be requested by calling the Wisconsin Soybean Program office at 608-274-7522 or the Wisconsin Corn Program office at 262-372-3289.