9:30  -  10:30

November 30, 2017

Breakout sessions: Round 2

1. Soil Health and conservation – tools to improve profitability (Oakdale Ballroom) Agsolver’s founder, now VP of EFC Systems, Dave Muth takes you on a deeper dive to explore the tools he uses to turn more profit and greater sustainability on more acres per field. You’ll learn that 5% to 20% of most fields that are consistently not profitable are often the areas that creates environmental performance challenges; you’ll learn the right deployment of our data resources can identify when and where conservation programs can simultaneously improve business outcomes and improve environmental outcomes; and you’ll learn how soil health practices represent a great opportunity to meet consumer sustainability demands while improving profitability. CEU credit: 0.5, Soil biological considerations

2. So many software providers – how do I choose one that works for me? (Coral Salon D) – Scott Henry, Longview Farms. With new software providers popping up every day ready to “disrupt” the ag industry, how does a farmer know which one(s) will work best on their farm?  Scott will go through their operation’s decision-making process when it comes to data solution providers and facilitate a discussion around what has worked for others.

3. Quantifying the ROI Of Water Management (Coral Salon E) – Many agronomists claim that, next to proper pH, water management of the soil profile is most important in maximizing yields. Jason Gillard, VP of Operations for Ellingson Companies (a leading provider of agricultural drainage solutions for nearly 50 years), will share information about how their new Element offering and indexing system is utilizing big data and their own expertise to quantify and clarify the ROI of water management for farmers, lenders and land managers. Their system allows clients to compare and contrast fields before they invest in drainage to determine which land will produce the highest return. CEU credit: 0.5, Aspects of irrigation management

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