Thursday, February 5, 2015

Burrus Seed Agronomic Meeting - March 3rd and 4th, 2015


It’s the new reality – tight margins that make growers ask, 
How can I get by on less?  
Where can you afford to cut back?   
Where can you not afford to cut back?  

                Burrus Seed will present a symposium on this subject to a limited number of growers March 3 and 4, 2015.  Titled “Don’t Go Crazy/Don’t Cut Corners – Navigating Agriculture’s New Income Reality,”  this program will explore every arena of crop production (new technology investment, seed treatments, hybrid management, entomology, weed management, disease management, etc.).  The program will also review different Burrus “in-house” programs that might just trim seed costs.
                The first day’s session begins at 8:45 with a welcome from the Burrus family, closes around 4:15, and then proceeds to some leisurely evening activities.  The second day’s session begins at 8:30, and closes down just before noon.  Speakers include University professionals, current and retired Growmark specialists, Western Illinois University Faculty, and other industry professionals.  Best of all, the symposium is free and you get CCA credits.  Space is limited, so contact Burrus headquarters and register for our March 3 & 4 agriculture symposium by February 24, 2015.  Phone 217-997-5511 or email michelle.sandman@burrusseed.com.


March 3
8:00 – 8:45           Registration
8:45 – 9:00           Welcome (Todd Burrus)
9:00 – 9:30           Keynote Speaker (Aaron Dufelmeier, University of Illinois Extension)
9:30 –  10:15        Drones and Other Technology - Worth the Investment? (Dennis Bowman, University of  Illinois Extension)
10:15 – 10:30       Break
10:30 – 11:15       Seed Treatments - An Overview and the Chance of Return (Stephanie Porter, Sales
Agronomist, Burrus Seed)  
11:15 – Noon       Optimize Farm Profitability with Nitrogen Management in 2015 (Dr. Howard Brown, Growmark)
Noon – 1:00         Lunch
1:00 – 1:45           Soil Testing, Tissue Testing-When to Use Each (Marion Shier, United Soils Inc.)
1:45 – 2:30           Weed Management: Guarding Against Resistance While Protecting the Bottom Line (Dr. Mark Bernards, Western Illinois University)
2:30 – 2:45           Break
2:45 – 3:30           Managing Risk and Insects in Crops(Kevin Black, Growmark – Retired)
3:30 – 4:15           Common and Specific Themes to Increase Yield in 2015 (Dr. Matt Montgomery,
Sales Agronomist, Burrus Seed)
4:15 – 4:30            Description of Evening Activities (Burrus Representative)
March 4
8:30 – 8:45           Recap and Thoughts on Yesterday’s Presentations (Todd Burrus)
8:45 – 9:30           Market Overview (Missouri Bank Speaker TBA)
9:30 – 9:45            Financing Options (Brian Hornbeek, Financial Lead, Burrus Seed)
9:45 – 10:30          Using MyFarms to Glean “Field Story” Value (Dr. Matt Montgomery, Sales Agronomist, Burrus Seed)
10:30 – 11:15       When Might Foliar Fungicides Make Cents? (Dr. Angie Peltier, University of Illinois Extension)
11:15 – 11:45        Crop Insurance and You (Jodi Tate, Deputy Director Risk Management Agency,
Springfield Regional Office)
11:45 – 12:15          Closing Comments & Burrus Programs That Can Help (Todd Burrus)
12:15 – 1:15            Lunch

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