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  • Brad Rocke

    Andy Stroop     Fraleigh

     

    Tuesday, August 16th
    9:30 - 10:15 am  Keeping Costs Down While Maintaining Yield | Speaker Tent*
    Brad Rocke, Sponsored by Bullydog Ag

    Description

    How do we keep input costs down while increasing yield with the current market? This session will discuss importance of soil sampling and tissue testing to know what types of inputs to apply at the correct time. We will focus on what the plant needs based off of science and data versus assumptions. We also recommend spoon feeding the nutrients when needed. A multi-year research study from NW IN will be shown on a soil amendment and seed treatment and the ROI associated with them.

    About

    Brad Rocke received his B.S, C.C.A from the University of Illinois in Crop and Soil Science. He has worked for several local companies as a company agronomist until starting his own consulting business in 2004. Since then, his company has incorporated a variety of services and products that provide high return on investment to the grower. Brad specializes in soil fertility and agronomy, with the focus on grower profitability first. By offering products like soil amendments, micronutrients, cover crops, and sub-drip irrigation system design and installation, his company offers a well-rounded list of ways to efficiently manage crop inputs and maximize yields. He says that he has a heart for learning, and then educating growers on best management practices for any size farm.

    CCA and RUP credits available for this presentation.

  • Clayton Irani

    Clayton Irani     agro liquid

     

    Tuesday, August 16th
    10:15 – 11:00 am      
    Irrigation Technology | Speaker Tent *

    Clayton Irani, President Great Lakes Irrigation/ Sponsored by Great Lakes Irrigation

    Description

    In a world changing faster than you can blink, adaptation is the key to bringing order in this chaos. This session will focus on Ag Irrigation technologies and their progression through this fast-paced information age. What are the steps to develop your real estate with irrigation? What tools are available to allow you to manage every acre like a farm and every farm like an acre. Success in everything starts and ends with perfecting the little things. Don’t get caught up in this world of chaos. Join Clayton as he walks us through a step-by-step process in controlling what could be argued as the most important variable input to your plant’s health. Water!

    About

    Growing up on a farm in central Michigan, Clayton Irani is a farmer at heart. During his eight-year career in the Irrigation industry, Clayton has worked and been involved in multiple aspects of the operation. He worked on the build crew, functioned as a service tech and participated in project layout and design before he started his sales career. Acquiring hands on experience at these various stages of many irrigation projects has given him a unique perspective and solid understanding of his projects from start to finish. Clayton assists producers to maximize their yields by developing farmland with irrigation, managing projects from start to finish, including: power infrastructure and water permission, as well as efficient and effective design. Taking his experience to the next level for his customers, Clayton and his team started an irrigation dealership in 2020 to enhance his service capabilities to the customer. His knowledge of irrigation encompasses designing, building, servicing, and financing. He continues to work with many reputable partners in the Ag Industry to help growers and landowners increase opportunities, land values, yields, and margins.

    CCA and RUP credits available for this presentation.

  • Dennis Pennington

    Pennington Dennis 205HRHutson Inc

    Tuesday, August 16th 
    12:00 – 1:00 pm

    Wheat Planting Technology | Dennis Pennington

    Description

    Significant advancements have been made over the past decade with planting equipment for corn and soybeans.  Uniform depth and spacing of seed is important to starting the crop out for high yield potential.  At this session, come and learn about recent research and development in planting methods for wheat.  We will cover topics including seed singulation, crop canopy design, and broadcast incorporation of seed.

    About

    Dennis, the MSU wheat extension specialist, has been employed with MSU Extension for 25 years.  His career includes being a multi-county agriculture and natural resources educator, senior bioenergy educator, and Extension specialist for wheat.   Dennis received both his Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department from Michigan State University.  His current research program includes the wheat state variety performance trials, precision planting, high yield management project and the Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network.  Dennis is committed to excellence and strives to fulfill the MSU Extension mission by bringing science-based information and knowledge to critical needs and issues.

    CCA and RUP credits available for this presentation.

  • Mike Fraleigh

    Mike Fraleigh     Fraleigh

     

    Tuesday, August 16th
    1:00 – 1:45 pm Estate Planning | Speaker Tent *

    Wednesday, August 17th
    12:00 - 1:00 pm Estate Planning | Speaker Tent*
    Mike Fraleigh, Sponsored By Fraleigh Law, PLLC 

    Description

    The Ag Community is currently facing unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19, changing markets, confusing government programs, liability exposure, financial strain, and market and structural changes. And in the midst of all this, we must continue to meet the daily and long-term needs of our businesses and families. Join us to learn strategies to meet your business and family goals. Now more than ever, it’s important to have a plan in place to navigate the medical, financial, family and business changes and challenges facing us. We can’t always predict what the future will bring, but we can lay a foundation of preparednes.

    About

    Mike was raised on a family farm in Sanilac County, Michigan, and has been meeting the legal needs of Michigan farmers for over 15 years. His practice specialty includes farm and ranch business structure, succession planning and estate planning as well as special needs trusts. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Wealth Counsel, and the State Bar of Michigan and a participant in several sections including Estate Planning & Administration for Business Owners, Farmers & Ranchers; Business Investment Entities, Partnerships, LLC’s and Corporations; Elder Law & Disability Rights; and Probate and Estate Planning.

    CCA and RUP credits available for this presentation.

  • Ryan & Melissa Shaw

    Ryan & Melissa Shaw   Fraleigh

     

    Wednesday, August 17th
    9:30 – 10:15 am Benefits (and challenges) of Strip-Tilling | Speaker Tent *
    Ryan & Melissa Shaw, Sponsored By The Nature Conservancy 

    Description

    Discover the benefits and challenges of strip tillage by hearing straight from a farm that tackled a huge challenge in 2014 and completely switched the entire operation from conventional tillage to strip tillage. The transition SKS Farm took on required a significant investment of time, money, and research. Other practices they implemented have included adding cover crops, controlled traffic flow, and twin-row corn and soybeans. Join us to learn about the impacts of these practices on soil health and to hear the down-to-earth, real-life perspective as the Shaws share both the successes and the setbacks of stripping.

    About

    Ryan and Melissa Shaw farm 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and cereal rye in the heart of Michigan’s Thumb—Marlette, MI. After converting the entire farm over to strip-till in 2014, the Shaws now operate the farm with a conservation approach—strip-tilling, planting cover crops (including interseeding in corn), implementing controlled traffic, planting filter and pollinator strips in field edges, and heavily focusing on soil health. They have found great success with their adoption of conservation practices and have found positive results when strip-tilling sugar beets. Their farm was honored by The Nature Conservancy in 2019 with the Conservation Innovation Award for their efforts toward improving soil health. They love sharing their knowledge and lessons learned with others in hopes of encouraging more farmers to consider conservation options for their own fields.

    CCA and RUP credits available for this presentation.

  • Stephanie Smith

    Stephanie Smith   golden harvest

     

    Wednesday, August 17th
    10:15 – 11:00 am  Return on Investment of Planter Technologies | Speaker Tent *
    Stephanie Smith, Sponsored By Golden Harvest

    Description

    There are many new technologies developed each year in which farmers can invest to help drive yield and ROI on their operations. Whether it is a new planter add-on or tool in the field, most companies show a yield increase and if you stack all of their findings together, new planter technologies can boast significant yield gains. But, will they work for you? As a farmer, have you ever thought which new “widget” do I truly need? This session will focus on discussing which new planter add-ons will deliver the best return for your dollar spent on your farm.

    About

    Stephanie Smith M.S., C.C.A., from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Science. Held various agronomy and innovative roles within Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, 360 Yield Center Regional and now currently as Golden Harvest District Manager in Michigan and Ohio. Farming with her family in southern Hillsdale County, MI, each day is a mission to make the farmers more successful and profitable. As a seed professional, each day my feet fit the floor, I am centered on increasing farmer’s profitability. I enjoy being able to teach and educate on the small tweaks on operations which can really move the needle to higher yields and increased profitability. Each day my goal is to do what is right for the farmer and further my passion. A resident of Fort Wayne, IN and farms with her family near Waldron, MI.

    CCA and RUP credits available for this presentation.

  • Pete Phillips

    Pete Phillips   michigan valley

     

    Wednesday, August 17th
    1:00 – 1:45 pm  Center Pivot Irrigation as a Risk Management Tool | Speaker Tent *
    Pete Phillips, Sponsored By Michigan Valley Irrigation

    Description

    Farmers make countless decisions on how to maximize crop yields, from soil testing to fine tuning harvesting equipment to on farm storage facilities. Most of these are based on producing or preserving the most bountiful harvest possible. We try our hardest not to limit the potential of each seed we plant. What is more important than water? It could potentially be the single biggest factor in lost yield. While we can’t control mother nature, we can provide water when it is needed by our crops. With rising input costs, the impact from yield loss due to moisture stress in greater than ever! Can you afford to risk insufficient water as a significant yield killer?

    About

    Pete is the Marketing Manager for Michigan Valley Irrigation, having joined the company in a sales role in 2016. He graduated from Cornell University in 1982 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. Since leaving the home dairy in Western New York in 1987 he has always been a problem solver for farmers whether it was in finance, insurance or with equipment needs. Helping farmers find solutions to their needs is still an important part of his role at Michigan Valley. Providing knowledge, making farmers aware of important things they won’t find on the news channels and helping them understand the impact of their management decisions. When Pete is not at MVI he helps with marketing at the Moline Milling Co-op near his home, spends time with his family and operates Joyful Noise Farm raising livestock and produce.

    CCA and RUP credits available for this presentation.

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August 16: 8:30am-4pm
August 17: 8:30am-3pm

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