CropSmart 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

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

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

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 forover 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.   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 Ferriealso oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Test Plot Program and leadsthe curriculum for Farm Journal’s Corn and Soybean College.  All of this information is pulled together tohelp him develop a systems approach for his clients.

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

8:50 – 9:00 am    Welcome and Introductions

9:00 – 10:00         Topic 1                                  Ken Ferrie

10:00 – 10:30       Topic 1 Q & A                       Ken Ferrie and one Ontario Agronomist address                                                                                      audience Q & A

10:30 – 10:45        Break 

10:45 – 11:45        Topic 2                                  Ken Ferrie

11:45 – 12:15pm  Topic 2 Q & A                      Ken Ferrie and one Ontario Agronomist address                                                                                     audience Q & A

12:15 – 1:00 pm   Lunch

1:00 – 2:00            Topic 3                                  Ken Ferrie

2:00 – 2:30            Topic 3 Q & A                      Ken Ferrie and one Ontario Agronomist address                                                                                     audience Q & A

2:30 – 2:45            Break 

2:45 – 3:45           Topic 4                                  Ken Ferrie

3:45 – 4:15            Topic 4 Q & A                      Ken Ferrie and one Ontario Agronomist address                                                                                     audience Q & A

4:15 – 5:00            General Q & A                    Ken and Ontario Advisors from above sessions