Prairie Grains Conference December 10 & 11, 2014

Prairie Grains Conference
December 10 & 11, 2014
Alerus Center, Grand Forks, ND
Our Conference Partners Welcome You!
Minnesota Association
of Wheat Growers
Minnesota Soybean
Growers Association
Thank you to all our sponsors & exhibitors:
General Session Sponsors
Media Sponsors
Speaker Sponsors
County Corn Grower Associations:
Becker/Mahnomen Counties
Norman County
Marshall County
Pennington/Red Lake Counties
Polk County
Meal & Break Sponsors: Minnesota Wheat Research & Promotion Council; Bayer CropScience; BASF; BNSF Railway; Busch Ag Resources;
Limagrain Cereal Seeds, NorthStar Agri Industries
Booster Sponsors: Arysta LifeScience; Central Life Sciences; DuPont Pioneer; Hyland Seeds, Waubun; Mid-Valley Grain Co-op;
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association; NCTC Farm Business Management; Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers; West Central Ag
Exhibitors: A & S Ag Sales; Acme Electric; Agassiz Drain Tile; Agassiz Seed & Supply; AgCountry Farm Credit Services; AgraCity Crops &
Nutrition; Agweek; Amity Technology, LLC; Arysta LifeScience; AURI; BASF; Bayer CropScience; Busch Ag Resources; Central Life Sciences;
Channel; CHS Ag Services; CHS Sunflower; Dakota Rev/Pioneer Peat; Duluth Seaway Port Authority; Ellingson Companies; Fillbrandt’s Bigg
Dogg Agg; Home of Economy; Hyland Seeds; K & D Enterprises; Legumex Walker; Limagrain Cereal Seeds; Mayo Manufacfuring; Meridian
Seeds, LLC; Mid-Valley Grain Co-op; Minneapolis Grain Exchange; Minnesota Ag Water Resource Center; Minnesota Crop Improvement
Association; MN Dept. of Agriculture; Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation; Minnesota Farmers Union; Minnesota Soybean Council; NCTC
Farm Business Management; Northern Crops Marketing; Northstar Agri Industries; PM Ag Sources Inc.; Proseed; Red River Farm Network;
Richland IFC Inc.; Rivard’s Turf & Forage; RML Trading LLC; SK Food International; Spray Advantage; SunOpta Foods Inc.; Syngenta;
University of Minnesota; West Central Ag Services
Wednesday, December 10th
Grower & Industry Meetings
Everyone is welcome to attend these meeting.
Morning Session
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
On-Farm Research Summit – Everyone Invited
• Review past work by NW MN On-Farm Research
• 2014 On-Farm Research project results
- Split Nitrogen Applications - Spring ESN vs. Urea
- Fall ESN vs Urea
- SuperU vs Urea
- Elevated Phosphorus - Soybeans + AMS
- On-the-go Protein Sampling & Mapping
- Growth Regulators on Wheat
- GreensSeeker Fungicide Application
- Variable Rate Nitrogen Application
•Small Plot Results
•2015 On-Farm Research – group participation
- Input and discussion from growers and
•Implementing on-farm research
- Assistance
- Participant networking
Lunch & Afternoon Sessions
Manitoba growers operate next to the world’s eleventh
largest freshwater lake. Agriculture is, consequently,
under tremendous scrutiny and pressure regarding the
condition of Lake Winnipeg and other bodies of surface
water in the Keystone Province. On the upside, farmers
and others working in agriculture have a fascinating story
to tell about the means and science of environmentally
sustainable food, feed and fibre production. Being proactive puts farmers in the best position to address the
water quality challenge while maintaining farm
productivity and independent decision-making.
The Future of Water Quality in the RRV- Making Sense
of it all: Warren Formo, Executive Director, MN Agricultural
Water Resource Center
All farmers, regardless of what they grow or how they
grow it, have one thing in common - they all have the
potential to impact water and the opportunity to
minimize potential impacts. Farmers address environmental risks by drawing from a vast toolbox, each building a
complete system, tailored to meet the challenges facing
their particular farm setting. This presentation will focus
on what is currently being done to address water quality,
what we’re doing to learn more and what it can mean for
farmers moving forward.
12:00 p.m. Lunch Free and open to all
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Red River Valley Water Quality - Farmers Finding
Water Quality in the RRV- Farmers Leading the Discussion: Jim Ziegler, Section Manager, MN Pollution Control
The presentation will briefly describe how the state defines water quality, the states goals for water quality and
the process the state has set up to address water quality
issues. It will then focus on information and discussion
about how producers and landowners can be involved in
and lead the discussions that will determine how we deal
with water quality issues in the Red River Basin. The premise is that producers and landowners can and should lead
the “how” discussion.
Growers can strike an agronomic/environmental
balance in water quality protection – Experience and
knowledge from north of the border: Mitchell Timmerman, Nutrient Management Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture
1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Minnesota & North Dakota
Malting Barley Program
All growers and industry personnel interested in barley
markets and production should attend this meeting.
1:15 p.m. Barley Varietal Selection:
Dr. Richard Horsely, NDSU
1:45 p.m. Barley Production Practices:
Greg Endres, Carrington Research Station
2:10 p.m. The Barley Players Round Table Panel
• Malteurop: Derrick Prell, Milwaukee
• Cargill: Mike Stevens, Spiritwood
• Busch Ag: Al Slater, West Fargo
• Rahr: Chris German, BSG CraftBrewing
3:10 p.m
Specialty Malts for Craft Brewers
Robert Hansen, Briess Malting, Chilton, Wis.
3:30 p.m. New Barley Federal Crop Insurance Rollout: Steve Edwardson, ND Barley Council
Wednesday, December 10th
Break, Business Meetings & Banquet
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Break and Refreshments: Hosted by MAWG and NDGGA
3:30– 4:30 p.m.
MN Soybean Growers County Association meeting
• County Regional Updates
• 2015 County Promotion Program
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. MAWG Resolutions and Ag Policy Meeting: • Resolutions Committee will consider newly proposed resolutions that are in writing and presented by a MAWG member
• Grassroots Involvement Makes a Difference – Kevin Paap, President, MN Farm Bureau Federation
• National Wheat Issues: Paul Penner, President, NAWG
• State Ag Property Tax Issues: Doug Busselman, MNFB, Director of Public Policy
• Canadian and World Wheat Trade Policy Update: Shannon Schlecht, VP of Policy, US Wheat Associates
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. North Dakota Grain Growers Annual Meeting (Everyone is encouraged to attend) NDDGA will report on
their activities, have reports from partners, discuss and vote on resolutions and conduct the annual business of the association.
4:30 – 5:45 p.m. MN Association of Wheat Growers and MN Barley Growers Association Annual Business Meetings.
4:30 p.m. Welcome – Peter Friederichs, Pres. MBGA and Jay Nord, Pres. MAWG
5:15 p.m. Presentation of Proposed MAWG Resolutions, Erik Younggren,
Kevin Anderson, MAWG Treasurers ReportMAWG 1st VP
4:40 p.m. MN Soybean Growers Report
5:30 p.m. MAWG Board Member Nominations and Elections
4:50 p.m. MN Wheat Council Report – Tim Sedlacek, Chairman, Warren, MN
5:35 p.m. MBGA Elections
4:55 p.m. State Legislative Report – Bruce Kleven, Ag Legislative Strategist, MAWG
5:40 p.m. Awards
5:45 p.m. Adjourn
Pre-Conference Banquet
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Social - Hors d’oeuvers & Refreshments
Keynote Speaker:
Trent Loos
6:30 - 8:15 p.m.
Conference Banquet, Speaker & Awards
6:30 p.m.
Agriculture Activist and
Motivational Speaker
Welcome & Dinner
7:00 p.m.
Banquet Keynote Speaker
Trent Loos, Motivational Speaker
7:45 p.m.
Awards & Special Recognition
• MAWG Special Recognition Awards
• North Dakota Award Presentations
• NDGGA Kernel Award
• NDGGA Industry Kernel Award
8:15 p.m. Concluding Remarks, Auction & Hospitality
Trent advocates for agriculture and speaks
on behalf of the folks who would rather
stay home and tend to their crops and
livestock than take on those attacking their life-sustaining
He will motivate growers and industry representatives
attending the Prairie Grains Conference to speak out and get
involved with protecting their industry. Trent currently farms in
central Nebraska.
Sit Back. Listen. Enjoy.
Jump In......Let’s Get Started!
Hospitality Hosted by: Bayer CropScience,
North Dakota Grain Growers Association & Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers
Minnesota Association
of Wheat Growers
Thursday, December 11th
6:30 a.m. Exhibits open
8:50 a.m.
Wheat & Soybean Research Reporting
Sessions (see right column)
9:10 a.m.Welcome
9:15 a.m.
Market Update, Red River Farm Network
9:20 a.m.
2015 Weather Outlook: Cycles and Patterns
Influencing Our Growing Season
LEON OSBORNE, Meridian Environmental Technology,
Grand Forks, ND, A Business Unit of Iteris.
Back by popular demand, Dr. Leon Osborne will
discuss what happened in 2014 and how global and
regional weather patterns and cycles are likely to
impact our winter and 2015 growing season.
The Future of Northern Plains Transportation Costs,
Availability and Tonnage
RICHARD H. MCGUIRE, Esq., President EKN Rail
McGuire and EKN have over thirty years of experience
working in the rail industry. They provide a wide range
of rail consulting services to their agribusiness clients.
McGuire will provide an unbiased view of the current
rail shipping situation and what we can expect in the
10:40 a.m.
BREAK in Exhibit Hall
11:10 a.m.
Breakout Sessions (see next page)
12:00 p.m.
LUNCH - All American Buffet begins in the Arena. 12:30 p.m.
12:45 p.m.
Repeat of Drone Flight Demonstration in the Arena
1:30 p.m.
World Economic and Grain Market Outlook
ANKUSH BHANDARI, Vice President, Economic
Research, The Gavilon Group, LLC & ANDY KNUTSON,
Grains Merchandiser, Gavilon Grain, Omaha, NE.
Dessert in the Exhibit Hall
Together Bhandaria and Knutson will set the stage for
marketing decisions and crop planning by providing
growers with an international view of the current grain
and world economic situation that will likely affect the
markets for your 2014 and 2015 crops.
2:15 p.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
Research & Reporting Sessions
Managing Risk in a Volatile Enviroment
MOE RUSSELL, Russell Consulting Group & CHS Hedging
3:00 p.m.
Russell Consulting Group is a provider of risk
discovery, planning and analysis to producers. Moe
is a frequent speaker on motivation, planning and
entrepreneurship. He writes a monthly column
for Farm Journal. He will identify some of the risks
associated with our changing market situation and
how to manage those risks.
3:15 p.m. Afternoon Round Table Discussions (see Breakout Session Section)
6:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Begins – Sponsored by MN Wheat Check-off
7:00 a.m.
Introductions and Welcome
7:10 a.m. Optimum Use of Nitrogen Fertilizers to Maximize
Spring Wheat Grain Yield and Protein – Dr. Albert Sims, Soil
Scientist and Director of Operations, U of M- NWROC
7:30 a.m. Results from the 2013 and 2014 Wheat Seed Treatment Trials and the Wheat Root Disease Survey in MN and ND
– Dr. Madeleine Smith, U of M Extension Plant Pathologist
7:50 p.m. Spring Wheat Variety Trial Results and 2015
Variety Selection – Dr. Jochum Wiersma, U of M Extension Small
Grains Specialist
8:10 a.m. Yield Loss Potential and Susceptibility to Bacterial
Leaf Streak by Variety: 2014 Results – Dr. Madeleine Smith, U of M
Extension Plant Pathologist
8:30 a.m. Strategies for Meeting N Requirements of Wheat
with New Fertilizers and Fertilizer Additives – Multi-Year
Research results – Dr. Joel Ransom, NDSU Extension Small Grains
and Corn Agronomist
8:50 a.m.
Concluding Remarks – Visit Exhibitors and Break
Sponsors of the Wheat & Soybean Research Reporting Sessions:
Minnesota Wheat Research
& Promotion Council
6:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Begins – Sponsored by MN Soybean Check-off
7:00 a.m. Introductions and Welcome
7:10 a.m. The Ins and Outs of Phytophthora - Howard Person,
Marshall and Pennington County Extension Educator
7:30 a.m. The Effects of Seed Treatment on Population - Jerry
Buckley, Norman and Mahnomen County Extension Educator
7:50 a.m. Fungicide: The Most Effective Applications Dates
and Rates - Kaylina Paulley, 2014 Extension Soybean Research
8:10 a.m. IDC: Causes and Effects – Dr. Hans Kandel, NDSU
Extension, Broadleaf Crop Agronomist
8:30 a.m. Variety Trials Results from MN and ND Fields Howard Person, Marshall & Pennington County Ext. Educator
8:50 a.m. Concluding Remarks – Visit Exhibitors and Break
Thursday, December 11th
11:10 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Each will last 50 – 60 minutes. Pick one to attend.
Drone Flight Demonstration and Soybean Cyst
Nematodes (Drone Demo Repeated after Lunch)
Minnesota Farm Truck Laws: What Changed and What
You Need to Know
Bruce Kleven, State Legislative Strategist, MAWG
John F. Nowatzki, Agricultural Machine Systems Specialist, NDSU and
Phil Glogoza, U of M Regional Ext. Educator – Flights are in the Arena
In 2015 changes to federal laws governing farm trucks will go
into effect. Minnesota’s new laws became effective August 1,
2014. Bruce will discuss and answer questions about significant changes related to: 1) the definition of a farm truck, and
2) farm truck inspection exemptions.
Drones will be flown in the Arena to capture images of live soybean plants followed by a discussion on how to visually identify
SCN infected areas and use of UAS imagery..
2014 Agriculture Tax Update and Changes
Greg Kalinoski & Greg Dvergtsten, NCTC Farm Business Mgmt. Instructors
Kalinoski and Dversten have years of experience with farm
business planning and strategies; they will provide an update
on tax laws and regulations that will impact year-end tax
Pollinators & Modern Agriculture - Growers Finding
Alan Ayers, Dir. of Stakeholder Relations/Stewardship, Bayer CropScience
Bees and modern agriculture are dependent upon each other
and it is essential that growers work to ensure co-existence
and public understanding of good stewardship practices. Alan
Ayers will discuss the misconceptions from the general public
about modern agriculture, and highlight opportunities for
growers to test new production practices that promote bee
health and populations.
Important Farm Bill Sign Up Decisions
Dwight Aakre, Ext. Farm Management Specialist, NDSU
NDSU has gathered a lot of information and looked at many
scenarios across the region to help growers in the decision
making process. Dwight will aid growers in identifying
necessary information to make the correct decisions for your
Canola in Your Rotation - A Profitable Option
Ron Beneda, NDSU - Cavalier County Extension Agent
Ron will discuss how growers can take advantage of local
markets for canola and how canola can contribute both
economically and agronomically to your crop rotation.
Precision Ag & On Farm Research
Kelly Sharpe, GK Technology Inc., Agronomist
Kelly will discuss some pros and cons of using precision ag software and equipment to do on-farm research within your own
production system, and discuss what types of research may
provide the most valuable insight to improving production.
New Farm Bill Program Opportunities for Young
Farmers and Ranchers
North Dakota and Minnesota FSA Staff
The Farm Bill is offering new programs and opportunities
targeting young farmers and ranchers; this session will discuss
what is new and how new or beginning farmers and ranchers
can benefit.
2015 Wheat Variety Selection
Dr. Jochum Wiersma, U of M Extension Small Grains Specialist
University research and test results will aid in wheat variety
selections for the 2015 growing season. The presentation will
not be repeated at the 2015 Small Grains Update Meetings or
Best of the Best Workshops this winter.
Red River Water Quality - Farmers Finding Solutions
Larry Gunderson, MN Dept. of Ag, and Riley Maanum, MN Farm Bureau
and several local growers
Revisions to Minnesota’s Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan
and the Proposed Rule on Nitrogen Use in Minnesota to limit
nitrogen application timing and forms in various regions of
Minnesota will be summarized. There will also be discussion
amongst participants about how to manage nitrogen loss and
what research or assistance is needed to improve nitrogen use
efficiency. (Sponsored by the MN Dept. of Ag)
2015 Crop Budgets and 2015 Marketing
Randy Zimmerman, Adawn Melbye and Josh Tjosaas, NCTC Farm
Business Mgmt. Instructors & Marketing Group Leaders
Discussion will cover local marketing group strategies to
market 2014 and 2015 crops; special attention will be paid to
how regional market outlook, the transportation situation, crop
budgets, and input costs will impact 2015 planting decisions.
Afternoon Round Table Discussions:
Learning and Planning
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Plan to attend one of these three
sessions. (Snacks and refreshments available in each room)
3:15 p.m. Your Source of Growth – 2015 Educational
Seminar Series: How to Get the Most out of Research Results:
What to Look For, Questions to Ask and How to Use It
3:15 p.m. 2015 Northwest Minnesota On- Farm
Research Project Planning and Discussion
3:15 p.m. Multiple Grassroots Voices Working Together
to Tell Agriculture’s Story to Consumers and Decision Makers – How to Get Involved Locally and Make a Difference
– MN Farm Bureau, MN Farmers Union, MN Wheat Growers, MN
Barley Growers, MN Soybean County Associations, Red River
Valley Sugarbeet Growers and MN Corn County Associations.
(All Invited)
Prairie Grains Conference - Registration/Hotel Information
MAWG, MBGA, MSGA, MSRPC, NDGGA, NDBC, MNFB, and NCTC-FBM members, exhibitors and sponsors are
invited to attend our Business Meetings and Pre-Conference Banquet on December 10th.
This is FREE to attend ~ an RSVP for the banquet is required by December 4th.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS - Room block information:
Canad Inn, 701-772-8404, $99.00/night, block under #335952 cutoff date: 11/20/2014
To register for the Pre-Conference Banquet & the Conference:
Call the MAWG office at 800-242-6118 ext 3 or mail the registration below to:
2600 Wheat Drive
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
Non - member banquet tickets are $30 and non - member conference tickets are $25
and CEO, Meridian Environmental Technology; Richard H. McGuire, Esq., President, EKN Rail
Company; Moe Russell, Russell Consulting Group and Ankuch Bhandari, Gavilon Grain
Sponsorship and/or Exhibit Space is still available.
If your company would like to sponsor the conference or have an exhibit booth,
please call Gail at 800-242-6118 ext. 4 for more information.
Information is also available at
2014 Prairie Grains Conference Registration Form
City, State, Zip Code:_____________________________
I am a member of the following organization, therefore
my registration is FREE:
☐ MN Wheat Growers ☐ MN Barley
☐ ND Grain Growers Assn ☐ MN Soybean Growers
☐ NCTC-Farm Business Mgmt ☐ MN Farm Bureau
☐ ND Barley Council
I am NOT a member of any organization.
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