America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural & educational experience!

Friday, March 11

6:45 a.m. -­­ 6:00 p.m.

Registration Desk Open


7:00 a.m. -­­ 8:15 a.m.

Early Riser Session

Live Taping of U.S. Farm Report

Sponsored by Farm Journal
Join U.S. Farm Report and host Tyne Morgan for a live taping of the show during Commodity Classic. From exploring the crop production potential for 2022, to digesting the demand picture, veteran marketing analysts will take a deep dive into discussing commodity markets and pricing potential in the new year. 


The live taping includes a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce the show every week. In addition to the taping, audience Q&A helps create an interactive, lively discussion you won’t want to miss during the 2022 Commodity Classic. Make plans to join U.S. Farm Report, the nation’s longest running syndicated agricultural news program that has been on the air since 1975.


Tyne Morgan, Host & Executive Producer, U.S. Farm Report

Chip Flory, AgriTalk

Chip Nellinger, Blue Reef Agri-Marketing

Arlan Suderman, Stone X Group


7:00 a.m. -­­ 8:30 a.m.

NCGA National Corn Yield Contest State Award Winners Breakfast


8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Trade Show: Optional Media-Only Access for Scheduled Appointments


9:00 a.m. -­­ 11:00 a.m.

General Session

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience


11:00 a.m. -­ 4:30 p.m.

Trade Show: Open (with Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)


12:15 p.m. -­­ 1:00 p.m.

Main Stage Learning Center


The Agricultural Outlook

Sponsored by American Soybean Association and United Soybean Board

The agricultural sector is constantly experiencing dynamic changes. This session brings leading agricultural economists from different sectors to discuss the outlook and what it means for crop and livestock prices, input costs and government payments over the next several years. Short presentations from each economist covering their respective outlook will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. This is a chance to see what to expect for prices, costs and payments on your farm.


Seth Meyer, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Scott Gerlt, Economist, American Soybean Association

Mac Marshall, Vice President of Market Intelligence, United Soybean Board/U.S. Soybean Export Council

Erin Borror, Economist, U.S. Meat Export Federation


12:30 p.m. -­­ 4:30 p.m.

Education: What’s New Sessions

Announced in January

Enjoy 30-minute presentations showcasing innovations, new products and services from leading agribusinesses.


12:30 p.m. -­­ 1:30 p.m.

Learning Center Sessions

Reimagine Soil Management to Boost Planter Performance and Sustainability

Sponsored by Case IH

Variable rate seeding prescriptions have been vital to many farming operations for years. Today, some growers are achieving increased yields, greater planter productivity and healthier soils — all by using that same variable rate approach with their soil management practices. The Heftys of Ag PhD dig into data with Dr. Alison Bryan, tillage agronomist for Case IH, and Chris Lursen, Case IH tillage marketing manager and co-owner of Lursen Farms, to show why tillage prescription technology could become the norm on operations in the near future — whether you practice conventional or conservation tillage.


Brian and Darren Hefty, Ag PhD TV & Radio Hosts

Dr. Alison Bryan, Case IH Research Agronomist


Farm Management Strategies to Navigate a Volatile Market

Sponsored by Purdue University - Center for Commercial Agriculture

During this session, a panel of experts will share key lessons from 2021 and help producers plan for the financial and risk management realities of 2022. The discussion will feature the latest data from the Purdue/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. These results will have a specific focus on what farmers see happening with regard to their current financial situation, expected profitability in 2022, the desirability of making large investments in their farms, plans for expansion and their approach to risk management during these challenging times. Emphasis will be placed on the role of technology adoption in improving farm profitability.


Dr. Jason Henderson, Associate Dean College of Agriculture and Director of Purdue Extension, Purdue University

Dr. James Mintert, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Director, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

Dr. Michael Langemeier, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Associate Director, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

Dr. Nathanael Thompson, Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Dr. Fred Seamon, Executive Director of Commodity Research and Product Development, CME Group


Finding the “Sweet Spot”: Combining Precision Agriculture and Conservation to Build a Sustainable and Diverse Farming Landscape

Sponsored by United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP)

Conservation practices bring immense value to both farms and ecosystems through improved soil health, increased biodiversity and other key climate-positive impacts. When targeted in the right way, these practices can also increase an operation’s overall economic profitability, making it a win-win for all sides. Precision agriculture tools can play a key role in helping farmers take a focused, acre-by-acre approach in their conservation efforts, identifying the most strategic acres for wildlife habitat or practice changes, while keeping the rest of their working lands in production. In finding that “sweet spot,” farmers are building successful operations alongside healthy farming landscapes. This session will be co-hosted by Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever and Cotton Incorporated in a cross-commodity, cross-sectoral collaboration.


John Duff, United Sorghum Checkoff Program Executive Vice President

Dr. Mark McConnell, Mississippi State University Assistant Professor of Upland Birds

Rachel Bush, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever Interim Ag Program Manager

Jesse Daystar, Cotton Incorporated Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President of Sustainability

Andy Hineman, Hineman Farms

Nick McMichen, McMichen Farms


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Main Stage: Successful Farming Talk

Generation Next: Succession Planning Spotlight

Sponsored by Pivot Bio

Handing over the responsibilities for a farm’s assets from the older to the younger generation can take many years. It’s a complex process that requires much thought and planning to ensure a smooth transition. If done correctly, a wonderful legacy can be left to future generations.


Laurie Bedord, Executive Editor, News & Technology, Successful Farming

Farmer Panel


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learning Center Sessions

Maximizing Nutrient Use Efficiency 

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience

Nutrient management is critical to achieving yield goals in your corn crop. However, environmental factors can limit a crop’s access to key nutrients such as nitrogen when plants need it most. New technologies like natural biostimulants and satellite imagery can help increase yield in cases where nitrogen may be a limiting factor.  This session will focus on the nutrient cycle, and how these new tools fit within a traditional nitrogen management program to achieve optimal nitrogen use efficiency throughout the critical growth stages of the plant’s lifecycle.  


Trent Brisby, Corteva Digital Farming Product Marketing Manager (Moderator)

Bob Gunzenhauser, Granular Digital Agronomy Science Manager

Brent Wilson, Pioneer Product Line & Agronomy Leader

Mike Moechnig, Corteva Agriscience Field Scientist


The Faces of Ag Innovation

Sponsored by Farm Credit

Progressive startup incubators are placing impactful technologies in the hands of farmers for product development and testing. From drones that seed cover crops to robots that safely manage stored grain, this panel will showcase cutting-edge innovations in farming. Hear from leaders of innovative companies, farmers who use these new technologies, and those who support and encourage their development. This panel will be moderated by Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe. Audience members will be invited to participate in the discussion via live polling.


Michael Ott, Rantizo CEO & Founder

Michelle Miller, the Farm Babe

Additional panelists to be announced


Strengthening U.S. Soy’s Access to the Global Soybean Export Market

Sponsored by: United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff

Transportation is a trending topic these days, but did you know New Orleans serves as a catalyst for exporting U.S. agricultural products globally? Learn how your soy checkoff research is spearheading partnerships with other national and state commodity groups to increase infrastructure investments at key strategic supply chain links, including the lower Mississippi River corridor and the inland waterways system. These checkoff research investments will maximize profit opportunities for U.S. soybean farmers and other farmers who rely on this important system. Join experts from the United Soybean Board, Soy Transportation Coalition and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as they give you an inside look at how these investments impact your farm and bottom line.


Mac Marshall, VP Market Intelligence, USB and USSEC

Mike Steenhoek, Soy Transportation Coalition


2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Main Stage: Successful Farming Talk

Oh, the Mistakes We’ve Made, So You Don’t

Sponsored by Successful Farming

The most successful farmers are the ones that are always pushing the envelope, incorporating new growing strategies, methods, products, and equipment. XtremeAg – some of the nation’s most successful growers – come together to share their key learnings and key mistakes from 2021 and discuss the changes they will make in 2022. Profitability comes from smarter farming.


Successful Farming Editor

Farmer Panel from


3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Main Stage: Successful Farming Talk

Tips from the “Planter Doctor”

Sponsored by Successful Farming

An expert in planter and tillage technology, Kevin Kimberley has delivered numerous speeches and demonstrations to farmers during the years. He will cover preparing planters to deliver peak performance, and tillage tactics to create the ideal seedbed.


Kevin Kimberley

Dave Mowitz, Editor, Successful Farming


3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Learning Center Sessions

How to Become a Yield and ROI Champion

Sponsored by Biovante

A common belief is that yield contest winners pour high amounts of fertilizer and other crop inputs into a plot to achieve high yields, which is not economically sustainable. A new generation of growers is changing that narrative. By focusing on soil health, adopting biological products and refining cultural practices, they’ve shown you can consistently set new yield records while slashing input costs for seed, fertilizer and pesticides. Learn how these growers achieve record yields while lowering input costs from our panel of yield and ROI champions.

SPEAKERS: Farmer Panel

Jimmy Frederick, World Record Holder for Dryland Soybean Yield, Rulo, Nebraska

Greg McClure, Illinois Soybean Yield Champion, St. Francisville, Illinois

Matt Brincks, ROI Champion, Fredericksburg, Iowa

Delaney Howell, Chief Marketing Officer, TRADER Ph.D., LLC (Moderator)


John Deere Local Economic & Agronomic Decisions (LEAD)

Sponsored by John Deere

Walk through research and studies that have been conducted by John Deere’s Production Systems Team and customers utilizing their LEAD network that focuses on what solutions are available to increase yields while reducing input costs.  The John Deere Team will discuss the year in the life of a corn plant and what impact each decision that a producer makes will ultimately have on the final yield.  In addition, we will share how innovative technology is opening new marketing opportunities based on grain constituents in small grains. We will utilize data from farm trials that have been conducted by our team as well as partners in the industry like universities, associations, etc.  


Scott Schadler, John Deere Corn & Soy Test Lead

Brad Van De Woestyne, John Deere Corn & Soybean Agronomist

Yancy Wright, John Deere Small Grains Test Lead

Kathy Dalen, John Deere Product Marketing Manager

Kevin Juhl, John Deere Go-To-Market Manager


Will Dry West - Wet East Repeat in ‘22?

Sponsored by DTN

2021 featured record heat and drought in the western U.S. and very wet conditions in the eastern U.S. Will that pattern show up again in the 2022 crop year? DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick will share insights on weather hazards and conditions expected through the upcoming growing season.

SPEAKER: John Baranick, DTN Ag Meteorology Lead  


4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Main Stage: Special Event

2022 International Certified Crop Adviser of the Year Award Presentation

The American Society of Agronomy will present its 2022 International Certified Crop Adviser (ICCA) award.


5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

National Sorghum Yield Contest Reception


6:00 p.m. -­­ 8:30 p.m.

NCGA Awards Banquet

(Ticket required)


6:00 p.m. -­­ 9:00 p.m.

ASA Awards Banquet

(Ticket required)


8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

NSP PAC Auction & Casino Night

(Ticket required)