2021 Kentuckiana Crop Production Seminar

November 30 – December 1, 2021

French Lick Resort Hotel
8670 West State Rd 56
French Lick, IN 47432

 CCA Credits applied for: NM: 3  |  SW: 3  |  PM: 6  |  CM: 3
IN Applicator CCH Approved: Category 1-10; Category 2-1; Category 3A-1; Category 4-2; Category 11-1; Category 14-2; Category RT-4
KY Applicator CEU applied for: 4 General credits; 3 Category 1A, 10, 14 credits 

Hotel: Rooms are available at French Lick for a reduced rate. The cut-off date for the room block is November 8.  Please click here to book your room.

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Seminar Agenda
Tuesday, November 30

8 a.m.
Drainage pays: Impacts on timeliness, crop yields, and soil health
Speaker: Eileen Kladivko, Purdue University
Drainage benefits crop production in many ways, including improved timeliness and trafficability for field operations, improved crop growth and yield, and improvements in soil health over time.  This presentation will highlight key findings from a 35-yr drainage study in Indiana and touch on nitrate leaching results.

IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, 14, RT; KY Applicator CEU: 0; CCA Credit: 1-SW

 9 a.m.
Fifteen years of insurance pest management, the new IPM: Costs, benefits, and lessons learned
Speaker: Christian Krupke, Purdue University
Most corn and soybean insect pest management decisions are typically made at seed purchase time, through a combination of Bt traits and insecticidal seed treatments. This approach has been widely adopted and remains popular nearly two decades after it was introduced. With the benefit of hindsight, and field data on the pest management efficacy of these approaches, balanced against their potential monetary and environmental costs, we can now evaluate whether this approach is the best path going forward, and what (if any) changes may help to safeguard a safe and abundant food supply into the future.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, 4, RT; KY Applicator CEU: General credit; CCA Credit: 1 PM

 10 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
Optimizing Existing Pasture Resources
Speaker: Chris Teutsch, University of Kentucky
This talk will focus on optimizing the use of existing pasture resources through improved management. Topics will include liming and soil fertility, strategic nitrogen fertilization, and forage plant growth and grazing management. The talk will conclude with assimilation of these concepts in real world examples. 
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, 14, RT; KY Applicator CEU: 0; CCA Credit: 1-SW

11:15 a.m.
Using Drones to Facilitate Crop Diagnostics
Speaker: John Scott, Purdue University

This session will focus on the utilization of drone technology and how drones can enhance crop monitoring (consistency of stand establishment and plant population) as well as diagnosing crop issues that result from biotic (pests) and abiotic (environment, fertility deficiencies, herbicide injury) factors.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, 14, RT; KY Applicator CEU: General credit; CCA Credit: 1 CM

12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Tackling Weed Control Challenges in Kentucky
Speaker: Travis Legleiter, University of Kentucky

A look at current weed control challenges in Kentucky and future tools to help manage weeds. Topics covered will include the current resistance status of Italian ryegrass in Kentucky, recommendations for spring burndown control, and highlights of UK’s investigation of harvest weed seed control in wheat. Additional topics will include weed control in soybean and recommendations for producers who are wanting to plant soybean in March and April.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, RT; KY Applicator CEU: General credit; CCA Credit: 1-PM

2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Soybean Disease Update for Kentucky
Speaker: Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky
The 2021 growing season had its share of diseases that affected soybean in Kentucky.  This presentation will cover important soybean diseases that occurred during 2021 and the best practices available to manage these important diseases.  Management practices to be discussed will include seed- and foliar-applied fungicides, crop rotation, and nematode-protectant seed treatments.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, RT; KY Applicator CEU: Category 1A, 10, 14; CCA Credit: 1-PM

3:30 p.m.
Foliar Diseases in Corn: Understanding the Pathogens, Fungicide Modes of Action, and Environmental Conditions to Inform In-Season Decisions
Speaker: Darcy Telenko, Purdue University
A number of foliar diseases can affect corn – gray leaf spot (Cercospora zea-maydis), southern rust (Puccinia polysora), and tar spot (Phyllachora maydis), and are common in Indiana and Kentucky. It is important to understand the similarities and differences between these foliar diseases and implications on disease management. A summary of our research in Indiana will be presented, including an update on 2021 research, as we continue to improve our understanding of disease management options to mitigate yield loss.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, RT; KY Applicator CEU: Category 1A, 10, 14; CCA Credit: 1-PM

4:30 p.m.
Feed the soil or feed the plant – What approach for potassium fertilization?
Speaker: Jim Camberato, Purdue University
Feed the soil fertilizer recommendations aim to maintain a soil test level of nutrient (potassium in the case we will discuss) that is sufficient to maximize crop yield without requiring fertilization of that particular crop. This was a conservative approach that was developed when farmers owned most of the land they farmed or had secure commitments on the land they rented. It enabled them to skip fertilization without a high likelihood of yield loss in years when fertilizer was hard to get or expensive or commodity prices were low, or if weather prevented the application of fertilizer in late fall, winter, or early spring. This approach did not maximize profit in years when the fertilizer was applied but traded this season’s profits for security and flexibility in future years. Nowadays, farmers typically rent more land than they own and sometimes the leases are short-term or year-to-year. Thus there is more interest in determining the rate of fertilizer needed to maximize yield in this season – the feed the plant approach. My presentation will cover optimum potassium fertilizer rates to maximize corn and soybean yield on soils testing low and very low in potassium and compare profits returned to those of the feed the soil approach as well as a crop potassium removal strategy that some farmers employ.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, 14, RT; KY Applicator CEU: 0; CCA Credit: 1-NM

6 - 7 p.m.
Kentuckiana Attendee Networking Reception
See you tomorrow!

Day Two
Wednesday, December 1

 8 - 10 a.m.
Mini-Symposium: Using Precision Ag to Improve Input Management
Speakers: John Fulton, The Ohio State University; Josh McGrath, University of Kentucky; Jordan Shockley, University of Kentucky
Precision management and associated agricultural technologies offer an opportunity to improve input efficiency. Particularly when it comes to nutrient management and soil and water resources, this improved efficiency results in increased profits, increased yields, improved environmental outcomes, or a combination of all three. This session provides a 360-degree view of precision agriculture with a focus on nutrient management.  Dr. Fulton will cover agricultural technologies and data management tools that facilitate improved resource utilization. Dr. McGrath and company will provide practical tips for better nitrogen and phosphorus management in the context of near record high fertilizer prices and review current research on variable rate phosphorus and nitrogen. Finally, Dr. Shockley will bring it all together with a discussion of how to decide if these tools are economically viable for your operation and additional considerations that go beyond profitability.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, 14, RT; KY Applicator CEU: 0; CCA Credit:  1-NM

10 a.m.

10:15 a.m.
Mini Symposium Continued

11:15 a.m.
Parallels to 2021 Soybeans
Speaker: Shaun Casteel, Purdue University
This session will review 2021 growing season and responses as it relates to previous growing seasons such as wet feet and soybean rescue trial, compromised root systems and limitations to seed fill.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, RT; KY Applicator CEU: 0; CCA Credit: 1-CM

 12:15 p.m.

1:15 p.m.
Pollinator Protection Update
Speaker: Ric Bessin, University of Kentucky

This session will address the responsibilities of pesticide applicators to protect pollinators and the on-line program to connect applicators to beekeepers.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, 2, 3A, 4, 11, RT; KY Applicator CEU: General credit; CCA Credit: 1-PM

2:15 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
What’s Up With Weeds In 2021?
Speaker: Bill Johnson, Purdue University

This presentation will provide a review of the important weed control and herbicide drift issues encountered in the eastern corn belt during the past growing season. Information from research trials, regulatory agency data, and the observations of the weed scientists at Purdue will be discussed as a way of preparing for the 2022 growing season.
IN Applicator CCH: Category 1, RT; KY Applicator CEU: Category 1A, 10, 14; CCA Credit:  1-PM

3:30 p.m.
Climate Data Resources: The Midwestern Regional Climate Center
Speaker: Beth Hall, Purdue University
The Midwestern Regional Climate Center provides a wide variety of free, online historical climate data, information, and resources. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the more popular online tools relevant to agricultural decision making and planning.
IN Applicator CCH: (0.5 each) Category 1, RT; KY Applicator CEU: 0; CCA Credit: 0.5-CM

4:30 p.m.
Using Historical Climate Data to Make Management Decisions
Speaker: Matt Dixon, University of Kentucky
Agricultural management and production practices are largely based on short-term weather conditions throughout the growing season, but what about long-term trends? Our most recent decade has shown a shift to a warmer and wetter climate across the Ohio Valley. This presentation will focus on the extent of those shifts and impacts that have already been seen across Kentuckiana agriculture. The hope is this presentation will prompt some thoughts on future crop production and management practices in the years ahead.
IN Applicator CCH: (0.5 each) Category 1, RT; KY Applicator CEU: 0; CCA Credit:  0.5-CM

 See you next year!