2016 Soybean School

(Ignacio) Ignacio) Good morning folks, welcome to AGam in Kansas. Last week we were talking about corn schools. This week we want to focus in…trying to communicate what are the next schools coming on this winter crop school program? Next schools are the soybean schools. Soybean schools we will be planning last week of January and then basically we will be focusing on several different topics. One of the things that we are changing a little bit this year is we will try to be more specific in topics. And the presentations will be a little bit more short. So, with the idea of trying to provide more content and information to farmers. So when you are coming these schools will be one stop and you will get information from insect disease, weed control, production practices. And also we are implementing some new topics that I think will be very attractive for farmers. These topics are related to precision ag or big data. So I think that it would be, after we take a look to the program, I think that we have a very strong program for the next coming 2016 Soybean Schools, very attractive. So we are making sure that the farmers can get new information from us. And information that is very critical for improving those soybean systems across the state. Most of the schools will start around 9 o’clock in the morning, to finish around 2:30. One of the things that will be an ending of the program is that we will have in all the schools, a farmer panel with the idea of this is our time to increase our discussion, make sure that we express ideas and interact with farmers that we had last year on the farmer panel was really good. And it was probably one of the sections of the schools that we really enjoy. And we get very good feedback and very good comments on that specific section of the schools. Soybean Schools are the last week of January. The first school is Monday, January 25th. And the first school is focused in the Great Bend area. And this school is trying to target the center of and the western side of the state. And why we are moving to this location is because we’re seeing some big demand on soybeans that are moving into this area. So we are seeing that this will be critical for us to make sure that we emphasize what production practices are working in that area and how we can help farmers to increase and maximize productivity and also increase the profits in those areas. From there we are moving on to Tuesday to the other side, to the east central location, Overbrook. And in that facility on Tuesday January 26th in Overbrook we will be covering specific topics that are more related to the east central location. We will have some presentations on economics and insects and also even how to…we are delivering extension information, but we will have people presenting about a new website, My Field with Dr. Brian McCornack. We will have specific topics about increasing, intensifying soybean production and also on farm research on soybeans, narrowing row spacing. We have a lot of questions about this past year how we are improving soybean yields and really practices are really impacting on our soybean system. The following school will be on Thursday. So we are skipping once in that week. And the Thursday school is on January 28th in Beloit. So that school is covering more north central and a little bit of the western side of the state and the idea is the same, very similar. We also have very specific target topics. We will be talking about row crop soybeans also in that area. We will be talking about big data. We’ll be talking about some of the precision ag ideas and practices that we are implementing in soybeans. And then the last day of the week on Friday we are moving to Marysville. So the school will be Friday, January 29th and it will be located in Marysville. The idea of the school is to really make sure we are targeting the north section of the state and more the northeastern section of part of the state. In that area we have very highly aggressive farmers, very productive. But we are always looking to see how we can increase those yields. How we can really sustain those. But not only sustain those but make sure that we can improve the yield. So, we will be talking again precision ag tools to increase those yields. We will be talking about intensifying monitoring practices. We will be talking about how we can become better in the weed control side. So, very diversified topics, specific for each school. So, stay tuned with more information coming on the eUpdates. Remember check all the information about soybeans schools and all our winter crop schools on www.agronomy.ksu.edu. On the right side you have a tab called E-Updates, so make sure to click there and check every Friday afternoon. We release those E-Updates and we can provide more information about the Crop Winter Schools coming in your state in Kansas.

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