America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention & trade show.

Commodity Classic Main Stage

Located right on the trade show floor offering a great schedule of keynote speakers, panel discussions and unique ag showcases. Presented by Successful Farming® and Commodity Classic. Programming offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

 

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Successful Farming® Talk: Positioning for Profit in 2018

 

Speaker: Al Kluis, Editor, Successful Farming® magazine and Successful Marketing® newsletter

 

Join Al Kluis, editor of “Your Profit” for Successful Farming® magazine and the Successful Marketing® newsletter, as he takes a look back at 2017 markets and presents his corn and soybean price outlook for 2018.

 

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Agricultural Executive Panel: The Infrastructure for New Technology

Sponsored by Association of Equipment Manufacturers

 

As part of its Infrastructure Vision 2050 policy-focused thought leadership initiative, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) will host an important and timely discussion about the increased reliance on new and innovative agricultural technologies and solutions that depend on high-speed broadband.

 

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2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Learning Center Session: Power to the Plant–Set Record Yields For Your Farm

Sponsored by StollerUSA

 

Panelists: Kris Ehler, Ehler Brothers Company in Thomasboro, Ill.;
JR Bollinger, farmer from Sikeston, Mo.

 

Focus on how growers can proactively direct crop development to reach record yields for their farms. Among the diverse group of panelists will be Kris Ehler, of Ehler Brothers Company in Thomasboro, Ill., a pioneer in early planted soybeans who has helped one of his growers achieve 100+ bushel soybeans the past two years; and JR Bollinger, of Sikeston, Mo., who has won six state corn and sorghum yield titles over the past three years. The session will feature audience participation and be moderated by Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Ken Root.

 

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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ag Keynote: Soybean Weed Control–Dicamba, Liberty & Why You Can’t Skip the Pre

 

Speakers: Brian Hefty and Darren Hefty, Ag PhD

 

Dicamba has been the subject of more questions than any other single topic in 2017. During this session, you’ll hear about Ag PhD research on this subject and how to minimize off-target movement, as well as new label changes for 2018. You’ll also hear about Liberty, pre-emerge herbicides and how you can maximize on-farm profit when you have great weed control in soybeans. Whether you have weedy fields or not, learn how you can keep your fields clean for less money in 2018.

 

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Learning Center Session: Harnessing the Power of Digital to Solve Agriculture’s Most Complex Challenges

Sponsored by DuPont

 

Speakers: Sid Gorham, CEO, Granular, Inc. and Digital Agriculture Leader, DuPont;
Lane Arthur, Director, Digital Solutions, John Deere;
Trey Hill, Owner/Manager, Harborview Farms, Maryland;
Ryan Bergman, Agricultural Sourcing Senior Manager, The Dannon Company, Inc.

 

Discussion of the benefits of data-driven agriculture—connecting growers, input, technology, equipment and service providers, public and private data, and other stakeholders to improve the sustainability, productivity and livelihoods of those who produce food and agricultural products, as well as consumers and users of these products. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the digital landscape and opportunities for engagement.

 

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12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Successful Farming® Talk: Key Design Features to Farm Shops

 

Speaker: Dave Mowitz, Executive Editor, Machinery & Technology, Successful Farming® magazine

 

Where you place doors, work centers, storage areas, or electrical outlets has a huge impact on the capacity of a farm shop. Dave Mowitz, Successful Farming® magazine Executive Editor and host of the Successful Farming® Show, will offer key tips on shop design plus provide renovation recommendations for existing shops that will expand a structure’s capacity.

 

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1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Successful Farming® Talk: Maximize Farm Profit by Minimizing Machinery Failures

 

Speaker: Ray Bohacz, Engine Man, Successful Farming® magazine

 

As a farmer, mechanic, and Successful Farming® magazine’s Engine Man, Ray Bohacz will identify several key maintenance and repair chores that you often overlook prior to planting. It’s not too late to put his down-to-earth advice to use yet this winter to ensure a smooth spring season.

 

 

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2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Successful Farming® Talk: Successful Marketing

 

Speaker: Al Kluis, Editor, Successful Farming® magazine and Successful Marketing® newsletter

 

With over 40 years of experience in trading grain markets, Al Kluis will share his in-depth knowledge on how to put together a successful marketing plan for your crops in 2018 and beyond. Kluis, editor of “Your Profit” for Successful Farming® magazine and the Successful Marketing® newsletter, will also explain complex marketing concepts in a way that is easy to understand.

 

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3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ag Keynote: What Your Fertilizer Dealer Won’t Tell You

 

Speakers: Brian Hefty and Darren Hefty, Ag PhD

 

Other than cash rent, your biggest expense is likely fertilizer, but are you fertilizing correctly? Talk to any high yield farmer about big yields, and you’ll likely spend 90 percent of the conversation on fertility. It’s not about spending more. It’s about spending your fertilizer dollars wisely.  This session will help you understand soil and plant tissue tests yourself, so you don’t need to rely solely on others to make your most valuable decisions.

 

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1

 

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Cooking Demonstration

 

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

 

Back by popular demand, Chef Mark Patel of Simmons Prepared Foods, one of America’s largest chicken producing companies, returns to the cooking stage to prepare fun and exciting kid-friendly chicken recipes. As a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Chef Mark’s diverse culinary career has spanned 24 years including one-of-a-kind presentations focused around “What Kids Crave to Eat”. His recipes will be sure to leave your kids and grandkids screaming for more! Brought to you with support from USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, Simmons Prepared Foods, AJC International, and the Soy Checkoff.

 

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10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Learning Center Session: The Future of Pest Control

 

Sponsored by United Soybean Board

 

Panelists:
Carl Bradley, Extension Professor, Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky;
Dawn Refsell, U.S. Herbicide Resistance Action Committee/Valent;
Christy Sprague, Professor and Weed Extension Specialist, Michigan State University;
Meagan Kaiser, United Soybean Board farmer-leader from Bowling Green, MO
 
Herbicide resistance. Fungicide resistance. Insecticide resistance. One after the other has shown up in headlines in recent years, making farming more challenging across the United States. How will management practices have to change to regain control of problem soybean pests? Hear what pest resistance experts expect to see change in soybean management over the next decade in this session sponsored by the soy checkoff and Take Action: Pesticide Resistance Management.

 

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10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Learning Center Session: Take Action on Pesticide Resistance – Management Strategies for 2018 and Beyond

 

Sponsored by United Soybean Board

 

Take Action is a farmer-focused education platform designed to help farmers manage herbicide, fungicide and insecticide resistance. Hear from the Take Action program on the latest strategies for technology stewardship and managing resistance development to herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

 

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10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

 

Speaker: Secretary Sonny Perdue

 

Secretary Perdue will make brief remarks to the trade show audience

 

 

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