March 4-6, 2021 - America's largest farmer-led, farmer-focused agricultural & educational experience!

What's New Sessions

Check out all these great sessions from the 2020 Commodity Classic!


What’s New Sessions are an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their latest innovations and services. Attend these in-depth 40-minute presentations, ask questions of company representatives, and learn “What’s New!” Held on Friday and Saturday.



Friday, February 28 • 12:30 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.


12:30 P.M. – 1:10 P.M.

Control Your Dryer from Anywhere, Anytime
Sponsored by AGI SureTrack


12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. • Room 304A
Speaker: Adam Weiss, General Manager, AGI SureTrack


DryerManager turns any PLC-controlled dryer into a web-connected device, meaning you can easily monitor and control from any smartphone, tablet or computer. DryerManager is integrated into SureTrack FARM and SureTrack PRO providing real-time views, automated alerts, remote access to control settings and much more.



Introducing Veltyma and Revytek Fungicides: A New Generation in Fungicides for a New Generation of Agriculture
Sponsored by BASF


12:30 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. • Room 304B
Speakers: Paula Halabicki, Technical Market Manager – Plant Health, BASF; Josh Miller, DPH, PhD, Technical Market Manager - Plant Health, BASF


Veltyma and Revytek fungicides are next generation fungicides, poised to change your crop input decision making process with the increased performance and consistency that is demanded in modern agriculture. Find out more about the 1,200 farmer trials of Veltyma and Revytek fungicides from 2019 and what they can mean for your farm decisions in 2020.




1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Managing Yield Robbing Compaction with Innovative Planter Technologies and Solutions
Sponsored by AGCO


1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. • Room 304A
Speakers: Jason Lee, Agronomy and Farm Solutions Specialist, AGCO; Larry Kuster,
Product Marketing Specialist, AGCO


What if you could regain some of the 67% estimated lost yield potential on your farm?  The Fendt Momentum planter automatically adjusts weight distribution across the frame, row units, varies tire pressures, and features in line tandems to reduce the negative effects of compaction.  In addition, the Fendt Momentum planter features a contouring toolbar, enabling greater singulation and accuracy regardless of terrain.



Climate FieldView™ & Pheasants Forever presents Data Science Meets Conservation
Sponsored by The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Bayer


1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. • Room 304B
Speakers: Steven Ward, PhD, Director of Data Insights & Discovery, The Climate Corporation; Pamela Bachman, PhD, Digital Ag & Sustainability Manager, The Climate Corporation;
Ryan Heiniger, Director of Agriculture & Conservation Innovations, Pheasants Forever
and Quail Forever


The Climate Corporation has partnered with Pheasants Forever to provide voluntary solutions to underperforming acres that may qualify for habitat restoration. We understand how critical it is for farmers to protect working capital and focus resources in order to maximize the return-on-investment (ROI). This starts by understanding real business performance within their fields.
By using FieldView, farmers are able to identify acres where business performance dictates a transition to lower-cost revenue opportunities. Once identified, the farmer has the opportunity to share their data with Pheasants Forever to see if the land qualifies for a pheasant habitat or possible alternative programs.



2:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Reversing the Decline in Soybean Quality and Livestock Feed Value
Sponsored by United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff


2:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. • Room 304A
Speakers: John Osthus, President, Blue Spring Communications; Bart Borg, PhD,
Director of Nutrition, Standard Nutrition Services


Soybean quality has been dropping for decades. Farmers have lost billions of dollars in revenue to synthetic feed ingredients and other grains that have displaced soybean meal. This session will explain the impacts of declining quality and share new soybean checkoff research that shows how soybean variety selection can help farmers meet livestock customer needs and protect feed market revenue.



Harvest Without Compromising
Sponsored by CLAAS


2:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. • Room 304B
Speakers: Jeff Gray, Product Manager – Combines, CLAAS; Blake McOllough, Product Manager – Combines, CLAAS; Erin Atkins, Marketing Specialist, CLAAS


High yield crops demand reliable, efficient harvesting equipment.  The new LEXION combine offers the highest capacity processor on the market to increase combine productivity in all crops and all field conditions.  Learn how CLAAS continues to revolutionize the way you harvest to save you time and make more money.




3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Improved Phosphorus and Sulfur Crop Nutrition with Micronized Sulfur Technology (MST)
Sponsored by Nutrien Ltd.


3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. • Room 304A
Speaker: Cristie Preston, PhD, Sr. Agronomist, Nutrien Ltd.


Smart Nutrition© MAP+MST™ is the newest fertilizer delivery system supplying both phosphorus and sulfur for enhanced crop nutrition. The high analysis of phosphorus and sulfur allows for decreased application rates, while being safe to handle and store. It is an efficient system for meeting your crop’s needs and maximizing production.



Irrigation Technology & The Future of Farming
Sponsored by Valley Irrigation


3:30 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. • Room 304B
Speakers: Trevor Mecham, Vice President, Global Technology Strategy, Valley Irrigation;
Troy Long, Senior Director of Product Management, Valley Irrigation


As technology becomes part of everyday agriculture, even skeptical farmers are adopting the latest innovations. Now growers are benefiting from predictive analytics that help detect crop issues and address them before it’s too late. Tomorrow is data driven, and the pivot of the
future is closer than you may realize.






Saturday, February 29 • 9:30 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

A Fifty Thousand Bushel Bin is No Place for Uncertainty

Sponsored by GrainBridge


9:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. • Room 304A
Speakers: Al Kluis, Managing Director, Kluis Commodity Advisors; Faith Larson,
Chief Strategy Officer, GrainBridge


There’s a lot at stake when it’s time to bring your grain to market. STRATUM is a solution that was created to empower you with the tools and confidence you need to get the most out of every sale. After all, you’re not in business to leave money on the table.


Pivot Bio NLIGHTEN™: A Better Way to Apply Nitrogen
Sponsored by Pivot Bio


9:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. • Room 304B
Speakers: Kevin Gerlach, Corn & Soybean Farmer, Central Iowa; Bryan Tomm, Corn, Soybean & Wheat Farmer, Southern Illinois; Mark Reisinger, Senior Director of Commercial Operations, Pivot Bio; Adam Holm, Equipment Manager, Pivot Bio


Iowa and Illinois corn growers will share their experiences using a new equipment system and product solution that helped them maximize nitrogen use while minimizing nitrogen loss. Pivot Bio NLIGHTEN™ works seamlessly with a farmer’s existing planting equipment and ensures robust colonization of Pivot Bio’s microbial nitrogen-producing product PROVEN™.