Educational Speakers

A 1-day event providing high-quality instruction to teach High Plains farmers how to sustainably maximize profit from every acre of land.

Lynn Fahrmeier, farmer, Wellington Missouri

Lynn Fahrmeier, farmer, Wellington Missouri

Topic: The 4 R’s for Nutrient Stewardship
Learn how to adopt farm practices that protect the environment while optimizing productivity. Fahrmeier, who earned The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Advocate stewardship honor in 2016, will talk about his work to select the right nutrient sources for his crops, and applying them at the right rate, at the right place, at the right time. Fahrmeier soil samples by management zone, which reduces the guesswork of nutrient application on his farm in western Missouri.

Fahrmeier has 2,300 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and pasture, plus Katahdin hair sheep, a cow/calf herd and honey bees.

Tommy Roach, director of specialty products and product development, Nachurs Alpine Solutions

Tommy Roach, director of specialty products and product development, Nachurs Alpine Solutions

Topic: All Things Potassium for Field Crops
Learn the importance of potassium’s role in the plant to achieve maximum nutrient efficiency. While nitrogen and phosphorous get all the glory, potassium is absolutely essential to get the plant factory working at peak performance. Roach, a graduate of Texas Tech University, will focus on the right rate, right time, right source and right place of potassium in field crops.

John McGillicuddy, McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics, Iowa City, Iowa

John McGillicuddy, McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics, Iowa City, Iowa

Topic: Maximizing Corn and Soybean Yields
John McGillicuddy is an independent Agronomist from Iowa City, Iowa who serves
clients in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. He has 39 years in hybrid
and fertility research, field agronomy, technical support, and weed science in the upper
Midwest and the Southwest. Since 1993, John has authored and presented Certified Crop
Advisor training programs for a number of private and public agronomy companies; he
has also authored and presented board approved CCA CEU programs in Iowa, Illinois,
Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. He recently completed a three-year
agreement with the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group in
Ukraine.

 

Steven Knuth, founder and CEO, Ag West Commodities

Steven Knuth, founder and CEO, Ag West Commodities

Topic: A 2018 Outlook for Corn and Soybeans
Steven Knuth has four decades of agricultural experience and more than 25 years of
market analysis experience, having traded futures and options since 1988 and a licensed
commodity broker since 1990. Steven was raised on a farm in South Central Nebraska
and has been directly involved in various aspects of agriculture throughout his working
career.
Founding AgWest Commodities in 1999, Steven set out to build the premier grain
marketing service in the Midwest based on integrity, professionalism and the highest
level of customer service. Steven understands the challenges producers face and delivers
a straightforward message on current markets, risk and opportunity. AgWest assists over
2,000 grain and livestock producers across the Western Corn Belt in managing their
commodity price risk through structured marketing plans based on profitability and
discipline, recognizing that protecting (not predicting) prices is what’s important to
producers’ bottom lines.

Stevan Knezevic, weed specialist, University of Nebraska

Stevan Knezevic, weed specialist, University of Nebraska

Topic: Weed Management in a Herbicide Resistant World
Stevan Knezevic is a weed scientist at the University of Nebraska. His research is to
develop weed control strategies based on multiple disciplines. Understanding that no one
weed control measure is effective, Knezevic’s research focuses on a combination of weed
control methods.