Soybean college offers tips for profitability
Weed management and herbicide resistance issues, new precision agriculture technologies in production, global sustainability requirements to meet world soybean demand and other issues all have an impact on profitability.
The American Soybean Association has created the Soybean Marketing and Production College program to educate soybean producers on how to capitalize on trends and technologies to maximize on-farm profitability. The first Soybean Marketing and Production College will take place on July 30, in Minneapolis, Minn. The soybean college will feature a keynote presentation from Matt Roberts from The Ohio State University. Attendees will also have the ability to attend three intensive, hands-on workshops.
The “Develop an Integrated Weed Management Plan for Your Farm to Maximize Profitability” workshop will go through the steps to develop a 3- to 5-year Integrated Weed Management Plan for your farm. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience, it will be led by industry and university experts on weed and herbicide resistance management and educate growers on the impact of weed resistance on soybean production in the U.S. and how they can manage weed resistance or delay the onset of weed resistance on their farm. The workshop will analyze the yield impact and financial cost.
Producers will spend time understanding the basic concepts of how weed resistance develops and the importance of modes of action classification.
With “Develop a Best Management Practices Plan” growers will learn how to manage weed resistance. Participants will breakout into regional groups that would answer specific questions on management practices for that area.
In the “Utilizing Precision Agriculture to Maximize Yields” session, sponsored by AGCO, it will focus on precision agriculture as a tool to make the most of each input used resulting in greater profitability and a production system that answers consumers’ concerns about agriculture’s stewardship and sustainability. The workshop will provide detailed data of growers return on investment from use of precision agriculture tools.
The opening general session will be presented by Matthew Roberts, Ohio State University. “Grain Market Situation and Biofuels Outlook” will be a review of current supply and demand for grains and oilseeds in the U.S. and the world, what that means for prices, and how growers can best take advantage of these trends in their own marketing decisions. Roberts will also examine the U.S. biofuels market and policy and what direction it may take. Emphasis will be placed on relating the discussion to energy security, food/crop prices, and the real winners and losers of U.S. biofuels policy.
In addition, there will be a special presentation for all attendees on succession planning with American Soybean Association partner Legacy by Design of Chico, Calif.
Registration deadline is July 9 . For more information go to http://www.soygrowers.com/MarketingProductionCollege/REGISTRATION%20FORM%20WITH%20AGENDA.pdf to download a registration form. Registration fee for ASA members is $199 and $279 for nonmembers. Registration fees include one-night lodging, evening reception on July 29, meals during the meeting and conference materials. There is an additional guest registration charge, $124 ASA members; $209 for non-ASA members. Lodging is at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront, 11 E Kellogg Street, St. Paul, Minn.