To assist wheat producers with their fall planting decisions, an Illinois Wheat Forum will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at Highland, Illinois. The meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located on the north edge of town on Illinois Route 143. Registration and visiting exhibits begins at 8:00 a.m. The educational program will be from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Continuing Education Credits will be available.
Phil Needhan, Owner, Needham Ag Technologies, LLC, will keynote the morning program speaking on how to create the potential for high wheat yields. This will include seeding rates, varieties, seed treatments and establishment practices to help get growers the stands required for high yields. Dr. Emerson Nafziger, U of I Extension Agronomist, will report on the 2009 results and observations from the U of I wheat variety performance trials.
Tony Petersen, Food Safety/Sanitation Manager for ConAgra Mills will conclude the morning session talking about the ever changing focus on food safety and the importance of the farm to fork food safety system.
The afternoon session gets underway with an estimate of crop input costs for 2010 by Dr. Gary Schnitkey, Professor, Farm Management at the University of Illinois. Crop production costs and energy prices move together. Listen to Gary's estimate for production costs as you plan for the 2010 growing season.
Wheat futures prices (as well as basis) have been extremely volatile for the last few years. One should expect volatility to continue…but for different reasons. Listen to Rob Huston, manager of AgriVisor, LLC conclude the program by discussing the factors which will affect wheat prices the most as we move forward.
The registration fee, which includes lunch, will be $15 for IWA members and $25 for non-members. Registration will be on site. Advance registration is not required. The Illinois Wheat Forum is sponsored by the Illinois Wheat Association and the University of Illinois Extension.
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