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Commodity Classic Main Stage

Located on the trade show floor, the Main Stage features a great schedule of diverse programming and presentations. Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic.


Thursday, February 28   

Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic

Mini What’s New Sessions
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Repeat of 8:15 a.m. session


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Ag Keynote: 100% Control of Palmer, Waterhemp, Kochia, Marestail, & Ragweed!

Sponsored by Topcon Agriculture

Speakers: Brian and Darren Hefty, Co-hosts of AgPhD TV & Radio

Millions of acres in the United States are losing significant yield due to inadequate weed control.  During this session, we’ll talk about how to eliminate Palmer, waterhemp, kochia, marestail, and ragweed in your corn, soybeans, wheat, and sorghum!  You’ll get a simple strategy you can put into action this spring on your farm to bump your yields, increase your profits, and end the headaches these tough weeds often bring.




1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Learning Center Session: Plugging into the Power of Your Regional Cover Crop Council
Sponsored by GO Seed


Moderator: Jerry Hall, Director of Research, GO Seed
Panelists: Dr. Rob Myers, Regional Director of Extension Programs, North Central Region, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program; Farmers and other cover crop experts


A panel of farmers and other cover crop experts will share their experiences and benefits from participating in their Regional Cover Crop Council. The regional Cover Crop Councils (Northeast, South, Midwest and West) now represent the entire U.S. Each Council is composed of a network of stakeholders including breeders and researchers, conservationists, government agencies, influencers, seed suppliers and farmer consumers. The mission of the councils is to connect dots and provide transparency, education and collaboration throughout the network. By plugging into this network, farmers are better able to navigate the complex “Sustainability – Cover Crop – Soil Health” landscape both locally and nationally.





2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Learning Center Session:
Technology, Economics, and Sustainability: Combining 4R Nutrient Stewardship and Soil Health Practices
Sponsored by The Fertilizer Institute, Nachurs Alpine Solutions, International Certified Crop Adviser Program


Moderator: Dr. Sally Flis, CCA, Director of Agronomy, The Fertilizer Institute
Speakers: Maria Cox, 4R Advocate Farmer, Cox Land and Cattle Co., White Hall, Ill.; Dr. Terry Griffin, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University; Dr. Jason Weirich, Director of Agronomy, MFA Incorporated


The 4R concept is the Right fertilizer source at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place. Combining 4R with soil health practices leads to a strong economic and environmental legacy on the farm. This session will be a discussion among the speakers about integrating 4R and soil health practices. Topics will include no-till, cover crops, diverse crop rotations, technology opportunities, the Certified Crop Adviser Program, and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) programs for farmers.


The session also includes the presentation of the 2019 Certified Crop Adviser of the Year award, celebrating outstanding individual proficiency and industry leadership.





3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Ag Keynote: Farmer Brown on Family Business


Speaker: Jolene Brown, Family Business Consultant, Farmer, Professional Speaker from West Branch, Iowa


Jolene Brown has been called agriculture’s version of Dr. Phil. Her 30+ years of working with farm families have taught her valuable lessons of what works … and what doesn’t. In this insightful and fun-filled session, you’ll learn the actions and behaviors needed for productive transition and succession planning. It requires work to make a good family business even better!  


Friday, March 1   

Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Ag Keynote: Is a Lack of Micronutrients Killing Your Yields & Profits?

Sponsored by Topcon Agriculture


Speakers: Brian Hefty and Darren Hefty, Co-hosts of AgPhD TV & Radio


For years you have likely focused on N, P, & K on your farm, and that’s great. However, how many pounds of micronutrients have you removed in the last 20 years, and how many have you applied? What kind of testing should be done to determine whether or not micronutrients are deficient? How should micronutrients be applied? What is the least expensive way to get the most response from each micro? When we visit with high yield producers around the world, we find it interesting how often they talk to us about micronutrients. Whether it’s zinc, boron, copper, manganese, iron, molybdenum, or another micro, these elements are important. Get the answers to your micronutrient questions and learn where micronutrients could add to your bottom line in this important session.





1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Successful Farming Talk: Breaking Away from Social Media


Speaker: Rob Sharkey, Shark Farmer


Rob Sharkey is a fifth-generation farmer who made a name for himself while going on a weeklong Twitter rant against his power company. Building on that popularity, he launched the Shark Farmer Podcast, where he created a platform for people in agriculture to tell their stories. As the podcast downloads surpassed his Twitter presence, Sharkey looked into what media were influencing agriculture the most. As always, Rob speaks his mind, and you’ll want to hear his latest rant.





2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Successful Farming Talk: Positioning for Profit in 2019


Speaker: Al Kluis, Marketing Columnist, Successful Farming


Al Kluis will review the bullish global grain fundamentals that are developing this year. He will review the post-trade war environment for U.S. farmers in 2019. Al will outline his updated three-step risk management plan. Audiences really enjoy the price and time targets that Al provides, and the specific game plan he outlines. Al’s 40+ years of experience in charting and trading makes this presentation one that you cannot afford to miss.





3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Successful Farming Talk: The FarmHer Journey


Speaker: Marji Guyler-Alaniz, President and Founder, FarmHer


Marji will share her story of inspiration and finding her passion with FarmHer. From the start of the project to where it is today, Marji will take you along with her on the FarmHer journey, introducing you to the strong, amazing women she has met along the way. Their stories are told through still photographs of everyday work on the farm, mixed with heartfelt videos from her TV show, FarmHer. Through the women of FarmHer you will laugh, shed a tear and most importantly, will leave knowing your place in the culture of agriculture.





Saturday, March 2   

Presented by Successful Farming and Commodity Classic

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Cooking Demonstration

Sponsored by USA Poultry & Egg Export Council and The Soy Checkoff

Speaker: Denise Flores Ordonez


Chef Denise Flores Ordonez, USAPEEC Mexico Celebrity Chef, joins the cooking stage for the first time showing us her favorite Tex-Mex inspired chicken recipes with the Mexican flare we all know and love. As a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Chef Denise’s internationally diverse culinary career began in New York City but her love for cooking began long before that in the heart of Mexico. Her recipes are sure to leave us all hoping for more!





10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Learning Center Session: Corn Residue: Friend or Foe?

Sponsored by Calmer Corn Heads


Speakers: Dr. Fred E. Below, Ph.D., Professor of Crop Physiology, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois; Alison M. Vogel, Ph.D. Program Research Assistant, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois


Ever-increasing corn yields, conservation tillage, and continuous corn production all lead to more crop residue after harvest. That can be a nightmare or an asset depending on how this residue is managed. We advocate managing the residue in place to improve both soil health and to synchronize the release of mineral nutrients in the residue with the nutrient needs of the subsequent crop. In this session, you will discover ways to manage corn residue through an easily adaptable combination of mechanical and chemical techniques to increase grain yields.





10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Successful Farming Talk: The New Rules for Marketing in 2019


Speaker: Al Kluis, Marketing Columnist, Successful Farming


Every year the time window for profitable grain marketing is getting shorter. Farmers who were very aggressive in making old and new crop grain sales had profitable years. Those who waited or froze, did not. The huge amount of trading by commodity funds and algorithm traders has changed how the grain markets move. They have changed the rules, and now you need to change how you market your grain. If you are frustrated with your grain marketing, you need to learn Al Kluis’ new rules for marketing in 2019.