Soybean Marketing & Production College

The Soybean Marketing and Production College was conducted on July 30, 2013 in Minneapolis. Global sustainability requirements to meet world soybean demand, weed management and herbicide resistance issues; new precision ag technologies in production and many other issues are all having an impact on the profitability of soybean producers. ASA’s Soybean Marketing and Production College program is designed to educate soybean producers on how to capitalize on these growing trends and new technologies to maximize on-farm profitability.

2013 Agenda

Agenda for ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College:

Monday – July 29, 2013
 5-7 pm Welcome Reception – All Attendees Invited Sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association
Tuesday – July 30, 2013
 7-7:50 am Breakfast
 8-11 am Keynote Speaker Dr. Matthew Roberts: Grain Market Situation & Biofuels Outlook. More info.
 10-10:30 am Break
 10:30-11:30 am Education Session 1: The U.S. Soy Sustainability Promise To The World This protocol identifies the regulations, management practices and measurement the U.S. soy industry uses to ensure international customers of U.S. farmers’ sustainable soybean production.This presentation will cover the essential elements of the sustainability protocol that U.S. soybean farmers need to know. It will premiere the materials being developed to help soybean farmers understand the market development advantages of sustainability and to test their own knowledge of the concepts.
 11:30 am-1 pm Lunch – Protect Your Legacy: Succession Planning for Your Farm Presentation by Legacy by Design (ASA’s new member benefit partner)
 1-3 pm Education Session 2: Utilizing Precision Agriculture To Maximize YieldsPresented by AGCO Corporation and the Precision Ag Institute This session, sponsored by AGCO, will focus on precision agriculture as an aspiration to make the most of each input used resulting in greater profitability and a production system that answers public concerns about agriculture’s stewardship and sustainability. The workshop will provide detailed data of growers return on investment from use of precision agriculture tools and producers will receive best management practices to implement in their farming operation.
3-3:30 pm Break
3:30-5:30 pm Education Session 3: Develop An Integrated Weed Management Plan For Your Farm To Maximize Profitability This workshop will go through the steps to develop a three to five-year Integrated Weed Management Plan for your farm. Sponsored Bayer CropScience, it will be led by industry and university experts on weed and herbicide resistance management and educate growers on the impact of weed resistance on soybean production in the US and how they can manage weed resistance or delay the onset of weed resistance on their farm. The workshop will:

  • Analyze the yield impact and financial cost of weed resistance and how this could affect your farm.
  • Understand the basic concepts of how weed resistance develops. Participants will spend time on understanding the importance of modes of action classification.
  • Develop a Best Management Practices Plan on how to manage weed resistance. Producers will breakout into regional groups that would answer specific questions on management practices for that area.

The ASA Soybean Marketing and Production College was sponsored by the following industry supporters:

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Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, Delaware Soybean Board, Kansas Soybean Commission, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, New York Corn and Soybean Growers Association, and the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board