Alabama: Grain & Soybean Conference, Decatur, Dec. 13-14

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    The 2021 Alabama Grain & Soybean Conference will be held December 13-14 at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion at 802-A Wilson Street NW in Decatur. To register for the 2021 Alabama Grain & Soybean Conference go here . Anyone who registers before December 1, 2021 will be eligible for our early registration door prize drawings but must be present to win door prizes.

    The conference will feature some of the nation’s leading experts on corn, soybean, and wheat production. The conference will start with registration from 11:00 am on Monday, December 13 and the first session of three 1.5-hour sessions will begin at 12:30 pm with an Extreme Ag farmer panel. Xtreme Ag is a like-minded group of some of the nation’s top farmers willing to share their successes and failures that molded them into the farmers they are today.

    Participating farmers will include:

    • North Carolina’s Kevin Matthews is the current North Carolina state corn record yield holder and has set state soybean yield records two out of the last three years. He currently holds the North Carolina state yield record at 108.9 bushels per acre.
    • Matt Miles, who is the Arkansas state record soybean producer, has topped 100+ bushels per acre 12 times in the last seven years. He set the state record with 120 bushels per acre in 2019.
    • Alabama’s Chad Henderson holds the Alabama corn yield record at 355 bushels per acre and has topped 100 bushels per acre in his soybeans. He is currently featured on RFD-TV’s corn warriors.

    The next session will be evaluation of grain drying systems led by Clemson University’s Dr. Aaron Turner who teaches courses on fundamentals of grain drying and storage. His research program includes engineering aspects of harvest and post-harvest processing systems (handling, drying and storage).

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    A farmer panel discussion on their experiences with grain drying systems will include Stuart Sanderson  (Henderson Farms) on GSI and bagging systems; Nick McMichen on Shivver system; and Nelson Littrell (Martin Farms) on Nikklo drying systems.

    Xtreme Ag will conclude with a hands-on demonstration of planter setup and maintenance followed by dinner at 6:30 pm, door prizes and plenty of time to visit sponsors’ booths.

    Registration will begin at 7:30 am and booths will open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, December 14. World renown Dr. Fred Below, professor of crop physiology at Illinois, will speak on his research on understanding factors limiting crop productivity in corn and soybeans. He developed the “Seven Wonders of The Corn Yield World” and the “Six Secrets of Soybean Success” as tools to teach farmers and agricultural professional the value of their individual crop management decisions. He is actively using these concepts to develop systems capable of sustainably producing high corn and soybean yields.

    Dr. Wade Thomason, grains crop Extension specialist for Virginia, will speak on producing high-yielding wheat. A delicious lunch will be served and there will plenty of time to visit sponsors’ booths along with door prizes.

    Program Agenda

    Monday, December 13

    • 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Registration
    • 12:30-2:00 pm Session 1: Growers’ Panel- Advice from some of the South’s Top Farmers (Kevin Matthews, Matt Miles and Chad Henderson)
    • 2:15-3:45 pm Session 2: Grain in Drying Systems- “Which is the Best for Your Operation?”
      • Dr. Aaron Turner, Clemson University Post Harvest Process Engineer- Evaluation of Grain Drying Systems
      • Farmer Panel (Experiences with Grain Drying Systems)
      • Stuart Sanderson (Henderson Farms)- GSI and Bagging Systems
      • Nick McMichen- Shivver System
      • Nelson Littrell (Martin Farms)- Nikklo Drying System
    • 4:00-5:30 pm Session 3: Extreme Ag- Planter Setup and Maintenance
    • 6:30 pm- Dinner, Door Prizes and Visiting Vendor Booths and Exhibits

    Tuesday, December 14

    • Registration will start at 7:30 am and Booths will open at 8:00 am
    • 9:00-11:00 am- Dr. Fred Below, University of Illinois Professor of Crop Physiology- “Seven Wonders of Corn Yield”
    • 11:00am-12:30 pm- Lunch and Visit Booths
    • 12:30-2:00 pm- Dr. Below- “Six Secrets of Soybean Success”
    • 2:00-4:00 pm- Dr. Wade Thomason, University of Virginia Grain Crops Specialist- “Wheat Production for High Yields”
    • 4:00-5:00 pm- Visit Booths



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