Crops Briefs: Ag Profitability Conference is Jan. 30 in Winfield, Kan.

2014-01-22T13:45:00Z Crops Briefs: Ag Profitability Conference is Jan. 30 in Winfield, Kan. Midwest Producer
January 22, 2014 1:45 pm

WINFIELD, Kan. - K-State Research and Extension is teaming up with several sponsors to host the 2014 KSU Ag Profitability and Stewardship Conference, Thursday, Jan. 30 at Baden Square Community Center, 700 Gary St., in Winfield.

"We have an exciting lineup of speakers with a range of professional experience. They'll be speaking on topics pertinent right now in agriculture," said Jill Zimmerman, K-State Research and Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Cowley County.

Registration and morning refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. The program starts at 9 a.m. There is no cost to attend, but conference organizers ask that attendees preregister by Monday, Jan. 27 online at; by emailing Zimmerman at or by calling 620-221-5450 or 620-441-4565.

The program includes:

- Kansas Land Values and Rental Rates - Kevin Dhuyvetter, K-State professor of agricultural economics;

- Corporate Farming Laws and Proposed Legislative Changes - Chad Bontrager, assistant secretary of agriculture, Kansas Department of Agriculture;

- Keynote address - Barry Flinchbaugh, K-State professor of agricultural economics and agriculture policy;

- Agricultural Law: Leasing, Fencing, Eminent Domain - Mike Irvin, director of Kansas Farm Bureau, Legal Foundation; and

- Estate and Tax Planning for Farm Families - Kent Miller, agricultural economist, Kansas Farm Management Association.

 Sponsors include K-State Research and Extension, Community National Bank and Trust, Cowley County Farm Bureau, CornerBank, Union State Bank, and Citizens Bank of Kansas.

Sunflower pathology working group formed

A Sunflower pathology working group has been formed to help design and facilitate disease-management strategies. The group is funded through a North Central Region-Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM) Center grant and consists of USDA personnel and Extension pathologists from sunflower producing states primarily in the U.S. Plains region.

One of the group's first activities will be to identify the greatest needs for information relating to disease identification and IPM decision-making and the best way to share that information.

The group is distributing an online survey that will help determine priorities. You can find the survey at:

For more information, contact Sam Markell at or Bob Harveson at

Program to focus on cropping challenges

LINCOLN, Neb. - For the first time, the Northeast Research and Extension Crops Team is hosting programs designed to help local producers with challenges they encounter with crop production.

The day-long programs will be Jan. 28-31 in four northeast Nebraska locations.

The programs aim to teach growers about resistance management, irrigation management, soil fertility issues and agriculture policy updates. Participants can also recertify their private pesticide applicators license.

All programs begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. The cost is $45 with private pesticide training and $20 without. Lunch will be provided.

Dates and locations:

Jan. 28 - Ord, Valley County Fairgrounds

Jan. 29 - Neligh, Antelope County Fairgrounds

Jan 30 - Ainsworth, Community Center

Jan. 31 - South Sioux City, Goodwill Campground

At Ord, Neligh and Ainsworth, participants will hear a lecture called "Ensuring Efficient Center Pivot Management." At South Sioux City, the lecture presented will be "The Role of Soil Health in Profitable Crop Production."

Preregistration is not required but it is appreciated. To preregister, call 402-336-2760.

Sorghum Production Schools in four Kansas locations

A series of four Kansas State University Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in February to provide in-depth training targeted for sorghum producers and key-stakeholders. The schools will be held at four locations around the state.

Feb. 11 - Scott City, William Carpenter 4 H Building;

Feb. 12 - Beloit, NC Kansas Technical College Auditorium;

Feb. 13 - Wichita, Sedgwick County Extension Center, and

Feb. 14 - Manhattan, International Grain Programs Building.

The schools will cover a number of issues facing sorghum growers, including risk management, irrigation management, weed control strategies, crop production practices, nutrient and soil fertility, and insect and disease management.

These events are sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, and supported by the United Sorghum Checkoff, Chromatin, KFRM radio and Bayer CropScience.

Candidacy petitions available for Nebraska Soybean Board

LINCOLN, Neb. - District seats on the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) are up for election this year in Districts 5 and 7. Potential applicants need to file a candidacy petition by April 15. The election will be conducted via direct-mail ballots and candidate information will be provided to all soybean farmers residing within the district in which an election is to be held.

The At-Large position on the Nebraska Soybean Board is open to all soybean farmers in Nebraska and will be elected by the NSB directors at the July Board meeting. A candidacy petition must also be filed by April 15 for the At-Large position.

NSB Directors and the At-Large Position receive no salary but are reimbursed for expenses incurred while carrying out board business and will serve a three-year term which begins Oct. 1, 2014.

Director seats open and included counties:

District 5: Cass, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee and Richardson.

District 7: Adams, Buffalo, Clay, Franklin, Hall, Kearney, Nuckolls and Webster.

Candidates for the NSB seats and the At-Large position must be a resident of Nebraska, at least 21 years old; and a soybean farmer in Nebraska for at least five previous years. They must collect the signatures of 50 soybean farmers in their district using an official NSB Candidacy Petition and return it to the NSB office by April 15 to be eligible for placement on the ballot. To obtain a candidacy petition, contact Victor Bohuslavsky, executive director, at 402-432-5720.

For more information about the Nebraska Soybean Board, visit


Soybean farmers sought for Nebraska's USB director

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) is looking for soybean farmers interested in filling one of Nebraska's four director positions with the United Soybean Board (USB).

USB is made up of 70 farmer-directors who oversee the investments of the soybean checkoff on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers. Loyd Pointer, from Sargent, Neb., holds the USB director position that will expire in December. He is eligible to serve another term.

Any farmer interested in applying needs to meet the following criteria: be involved in a farming operation that raises soybeans; be a resident of Nebraska; and be at least 21 years of age.

To be considered for the position, farmers must contact Victor Bohuslavsky at the Nebraska Soybean Board office at 402-432-5720, before the March 1 deadline.

The NSB Board of Directors will submit to USDA a "first preferred choice nominee" and "second preferred choice alternate" for the open position. The secretary of agriculture will make the final appointment. The chosen individual will begin serving three-year terms in December. Each individual appointed is eligible to serve a total of three terms.

 For more information about the United Soybean Board, visit

United Soybean Board grows to 70 members

ST. LOUIS - With the growth in soybean acres, the United Soybean Board (USB) has added a 70th farmer-leader. That new director, from Mississippi, was sworn in with 12 other new and 22 reappointed directors at USB's annual meeting. Shortly after being sworn in, these directors took part in electing new leadership to begin the strategic-planning process for the next year.

The board elected Jim Call, soybean farmer from Madison, Minn., to lead the board as chairman in 2014. Bob Haselwood of Berryton, Kan., will be vice chairman.

Gregg Fujan of Weston, Neb., was named supply target area coordinator.

Farmer leaders also elected the Strategic Management Committee (SMC) to track the progress of checkoff-funded activities to ensure they remain consistent with USB's long-range strategic plan. Farmer-leaders who will serve on the SMC include Haselwood and Ron Ohlde of Palmer, Kan.

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