CropSmart 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

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RIM Park
Manulife Financial Sportsplex
2001 University Avenue East Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Registration is open.  Go to our on-line registration site or call the AICC 1-877-424-1300.

PDF of program

A review of the management decisions farmers should be considering as they work to raise the bar on their crop production system in grains.

CEU Credits applied for: SW: 2.0; NM: 1.5; CM 3.0

Key Host:  
Ken Ferrie, Agronomist
Crop Tech Consulting & Farm Journal Media Corn College
Heyworth, Illinois

Ken and his wife, Jeanenne started Crop-Tech Consulting in Heyworth Illinois where Ken and his team have served central Illinois as independent agronomists for over 25 years. As an independent consultant, Ferrie directly oversees 100,000 acres through farmer clients. At the same time, he works with leading fertilizer dealers to provide agronomic direction for another 250,000 acres.  He and his team also conduct workshops across the mid-west.  Ken is involved in an intensive test plot program where he works with his clients on side by side replicated tests on such things as tillage, herbicides, fertility and planters. Ken Ferrie also oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Test Plot Program and leads the curriculum for Farm Journal’s Corn and Soybean College.  All of this information is pulled together to help him develop a systems approach for his clients. 

Ken was born and raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa.  He received an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Agribusiness from Ellsworth Community College, and his Bachelor of Science Degree from Illinois State University.  

Areas of focus will be management of corn and soybean production with emphasis on the cropping system. Wheat and other crops may weave their way into the discuss as it pertains to building the best systems approach to grains production.

Areas of focus for the day will be four of the following although some of these may blend together under the section area:·        

·        Residue management
·        Replanting decisions
·        Fertility and soil sampling
·        Planting methods and equipment
·        Disease and Insect Pressures and Control Strategies
·        Precision Agriculture and Big Data

Program

Welcome and Introductions


Ken Ferrie

Ken Ferrie and Adam Hayes, Soil Management Specialist-Field Crops, OMAFRA

Ken Ferrie and Adam Hayes, Soil Management Specialist-Field Crops, OMAFRA

Question and Answer Session

Ken Ferrie

Allowing the Soil to Work for You!
Discussion with videos on the different tillage systems impacts via soil pit videos etc

Break


Ken Ferrie and Adam Hayes, Soil Management Specialist-Field Crops, OMAFRA11:00- 11:15 am

Question and Answer Session

Ken Ferrie

Planting Systems – Covering the fundamentals of planting in terms of the soil and seed interaction target and how the equipment achieves it and can be optimized, mechanical components, planter settings and options , planter operation (depth, speed, soil moisture etc), what the widgets and gadgets are adding to making a better planter, high speed planters and what is needed in the soil and operational conditions to take advantage of them and importance of boots on the ground (you still need to get out of the cab)

Hot Lunch


Ken Ferrie

Planting Systems con’t

Ken Ferrie and Dave Hooker, Associate Professor, Plant Agriculture, UG1:20- 1:35 pm

Question and Answer Session

Ken Ferrie

Let the Field Tell You About its Fertility Needs
– why soil sampling is important
– the importance of soil sampling method (zone, grid, random)
– interpreting the results of soil tests in building your individual field fertility programs other factors in the fertility mgmt. decision making process

Break


Ken Ferrie and Steph Kowalski
Agronomy Lead, Agromart Group

Question and Answer Session

Ken Ferrie

How to Advance Technology on Your Farm
3 farm case studies about the $ and Cents about the various options, ie row shutoffs, boom shutoffs, smart seed firmers, variable rate fertilizer application, variable rate planting, etc. 

Ken Ferrie, Adam Hayes, Dave Hooker and Steph Kowalski

Question and Answer Session Panel