The 2012 Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo Dec. 14 will help soybean producers in planning for next year's growing season.
The expo, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m., will be in the pavilion at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo, said Keith Glewen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator.
The expo opens with coffee, doughnuts and the opportunity to view equipment and exhibitor booths. Speakers start at 9 a.m.
Presenters include UNL researchers and specialists, Nebraska Soybean Board representatives, soybean growers and private industry representatives.
This year's featured presentation is "Agriculture: What's Around the Corner and Down the Road" with David Kohl, professor emeritus, agricultural economics, Virginia Tech University and President AgriVisions LLC. Kohl is the president of a knowledge-based consulting business providing cutting-edge programs to leading agricultural organizations worldwide. Previously he served as professor of agricultural finance and small business management and entrepreneurship in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech for 25 years.
He has conducted more than 6,000 workshops and seminars for agricultural groups such as bankers, FSA and regulators, as well as producer and agribusiness groups. He has published four books and over 1,100 articles on financial and business-related topics in journals, extension, and other popular publications.
Other topics of the program include:
- Passing The Land to the Next Generation – Do You Have a Plan?, David Goeller, deputy director, North Central Risk Management Center;
- Research Report — Soybean Seed Treatments and Foliar Fungicide Performance, Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist;
- Seed Patent Expiration — What Intellectual Property Rights Does Seed Have?, Randy Schlatter, senior manager, Post Patent Program Office, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Johnston, Iowa; and
- Discovering Production Answers On Your Farm, Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator, Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.
The expo also will include an update on the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff update and association information.
Producers will be able to visit with representatives from seed, herbicide, fertilizer and equipment companies and view new farm equipment during a 30-minute break at 9:45 a.m.