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Biofuels, new era grain markets on tap at Purdue Top Crop Farmer Workshop

Agriculture.com Staff 06/05/2007 @ 7:39am

If you're figuring how to fit your farm into the biofuels revolution and elevated grain prices (so far), mark your calendars for July 22-25. Those are the dates for the 40th annual Top Farmer Crop Workshop at Purdue University.

Experts who will be discussing these topics and others include:

  • Klein Ileleji, Purdue University agricultural engineer, and Bruce Erickson, Purdue University agricultural economist, agricultural engineer, will discuss how a biomass operation will change the way you farm. Jill Nichols Euken, an Iowa farmer and assistant director of the Iowa State University (ISU) Office of Biorenewables Programs, will address potential technology and policy developments in the bioprocessing industry and how these might affect producers.
  • Carlos Mayer, a corn, soybean and wheat producer from Argentina, will update attendees how his operation is responding to higher grain and energy prices, and plans to expand his operation.
  • Steve Johnson, an ISU Extension agricultural economist, will discuss farm lease issues.
  • Scott Shearer, a University of Kentucky agricultural engineer, will address the economics and other benefits of precision nozzle control.
  • Tony Vyn, a Purdue University agronomist, will discuss how to optimize strip tillage to achieve higher yields.
  • Steve Berger, an Iowa farmer, will discuss the benefits of planting cover crops.
  • Dan Basse, President, AgResource Company, will lay the groundwork on why producers need to adjust their marketing program to benefit from the upcoming extreme market volatility.
  • Bryan Young, Southern Illinois University weed scientist, will explain why the time you allocate toward managing herbicide-resistant weeds may increase and become your greatest burden.
  • Chris Hurt, Purdue University agricultural economist, will discuss the implications for grain marketing in light of increased grain storage and handling needs.
  • Don Hershman, University of Kentucky Extension plant pathologist, will discuss what's in store for Asian rust for the rest of the 2007 growing season, as well as current fungicide use strategies for soybeans.
  • Howard Doster, Purdue Ag Economist Emeritus will be on hand to teach how to debug your computer solutions, and test for changes in your crop rotation, machinery sizes, tillage system, and land rentals. Since 1968, he and colleagues have helped 7,000 farmers -- mostly in the Corn Belt -- use linear program crop budgets.


If you're figuring how to fit your farm into the biofuels revolution and elevated grain prices (so far), mark your calendars for July 22-25. Those are the dates for the 40th annual Top Farmer Crop Workshop at Purdue University.

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