Farming for Success

Note: The Afternoon Sessions are a repeat of the sessions offered during the Morning Sessions.

Agenda


    • * General Agenda *
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      Thursday, June 29, 2017

      8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
      Registration / Visit with Sponsors
      9:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
      "Team PA" & The Future of Agriculture in Pennsylvania
      In the US, we grow some of the healthiest and most abundant food crops in the world. Where does Pennsylvania fit into this picture? What is the state doing to promote agriculture? “Team PA” is a new public-private agricultural initiative between farmers, industry and PDA. Learn about Team PA, where the PDA budget stands, and other agricultural initiatives and legislative issues that are on the horizon.
      Keynote Speaker:
      12:30 PM  -  1:00 PM
      Farm Best Management Practices (BMP) Survey Results
      Spring of 2016 all PA farmers in the Susquehanna River basin were asked to complete a voluntary conservation practices survey. This was an attempt to document and receive credit for underreported conservation efforts. The results are very telling and will surprise you.
      Speaker:

    • AM Sessions
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      Thursday, June 29, 2017

      9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Track 1 | Crop Research & Management / Soil Health & Environment / Technology & Equipment
      Understanding & Using Soil Electrical Conductivity (EC) Testing
      EC testing is a concept which has been around for a few years but never fully utilized. What can EC field mapping tell us about soil fertility and how can it help us make informed management decisions.

      Advanced Nitrogen Management Techniques in Corn Production
      In a period of low commodity prices efficiency and economy are important. Learn about fine-tuning your fertility practices from board members of the PA Corn Growers.

      Nutrient Management Update
      Fertility from manure powers a lot of crop acres here in Central Pa, but too much can be a problem. Learn about current issues and proposed changes to nutrient management legislation.

      Forage Production Tips & Update

      Baleage, haylage, and dry hay are popular methods to preserve alfalfa and grass forages. Learn about how they are produced, what the differences are, and the advantages each possess.

      9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Track 2 | Farm Management & Safety / Soil Health & Environment
      Cover Crop & Soil Health Discussion
      Planting Green Demonstration

      Cover crops feed the soil and add organic matter, but how much cover is enough? Watch a planting green demonstration and hear about experiences from farmer members of the No-till Alliance.

      Planting Green Research at Penn State
      Visit and tour replicated planting green research plots on the research farm.

      Farm Transition & Farm Exit Strategies

      Farm transitioning is an essential part of any farm business plan. Strategies and important steps and considerations will be presented and discussed.

      Grain Handling & Grain Bin Safety
      Farming is second only to mining on the list of most dangerous occupations. Many and larger grain bins dot the landscape. Learn about the safe transfer, handling and storage of on farm commodities.
      9:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
      Track 3 | Crop Research & Management
      Herbicide Resistant Weed Update & New Soybean Technologies
      HPPD, Dicamba and 2,4-D resistant soybeans are coming to market just as herbicide resistant weeds are on the horizon. View these new technologies and plots showcasing strategies to deal with resistant and problem weeds.

      In-Furrow Fungicide Applications for Disease Management & Yield Enhancement
      Fungicides are typically applied at tasseling for corn and R1 – R2 for soybeans, which protect the plant from foliar diseases. There is interest in much earlier applications to protect the root system, prevent disease development and enhance yield.

      Herbicide Application Timing Impacts on Soybean Yield
      When is the optimum time to control weeds in soybeans? This field demonstration looks at several herbicide application dates and their impact on weed control and yield.

      Small Grain Disease Management
      Fusarium Head Blight in wheat and barley reduces the yield and quality of small grains. It also produces the mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin that is highly toxic to animals and humans. Small levels of this compound can make grain unsalable for human consumption and subject to significant dockage at the elevator. View wheat plots and discuss the latest fungicide and production management strategies to control this disease.

    • PM Sessions
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      Thursday, June 29, 2017

      1:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Track 1 | Crop Research & Management / Soil Health & Environment / Technology & Equipment
      Understanding & Using Soil Electrical Conductivity (EC) Testing
      EC testing is a concept which has been around for a few years but never fully utilized. What can EC field mapping tell us about soil fertility and how can it help us make informed management decisions.

      Advanced Nitrogen Management Techniques in Corn Production
      In a period of low commodity prices efficiency and economy are important. Learn about fine-tuning your fertility practices from board members of the PA Corn Growers.

      Nutrient Management Update
      Fertility from manure powers a lot of crop acres here in Central Pa, but too much can be a problem. Learn about current issues and proposed changes to nutrient management legislation.

      Forage Production Tips & Update

      Baleage, haylage, and dry hay are popular methods to preserve alfalfa and grass forages. Learn about how they are produced, what the differences are, and the advantages each possess.

      1:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Track 2 | Farm Management & Safety / Soil Health & Environment
      Cover Crop & Soil Health Discussion
      Planting Green Demonstration

      Cover crops feed the soil and add organic matter, but how much cover is enough? Watch a planting green demonstration and hear about experiences from farmer members of the No-till Alliance.

      Planting Green Research at Penn State
      Visit and tour replicated planting green research plots on the research farm.

      Farm Transition & Farm Exit Strategies

      Farm transitioning is an essential part of any farm business plan. Strategies and important steps and considerations will be presented and discussed.

      Grain Handling & Grain Bin Safety
      Farming is second only to mining on the list of most dangerous occupations. Many and larger grain bins dot the landscape. Learn about the safe transfer, handling and storage of on farm commodities.
      1:15 PM  -  3:15 PM
      Track 3 | Crop Research & Management
      Herbicide Resistant Weed Update & New Soybean Technologies
      HPPD, Dicamba and 2,4-D resistant soybeans are coming to market just as herbicide resistant weeds are on the horizon. View these new technologies and plots showcasing strategies to deal with resistant and problem weeds.

      In-Furrow Fungicide Applications for Disease Management & Yield Enhancement
      Fungicides are typically applied at tasseling for corn and R1 – R2 for soybeans, which protect the plant from foliar diseases. There is interest in much earlier applications to protect the root system, prevent disease development and enhance yield.

      Herbicide Application Timing Impacts on Soybean Yield
      When is the optimum time to control weeds in soybeans? This field demonstration looks at several herbicide application dates and their impact on weed control and yield.

      Small Grain Disease Management
      Fusarium Head Blight in wheat and barley reduces the yield and quality of small grains. It also produces the mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), also known as vomitoxin that is highly toxic to animals and humans. Small levels of this compound can make grain unsalable for human consumption and subject to significant dockage at the elevator. View wheat plots and discuss the latest fungicide and production management strategies to control this disease.
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