2017 Agronomy Day planned for Feb. 23, 2017

Photo courtesy of UW-Madison CALS

Contact: Michael Ballweg, (920) 459-5904, michael.ballweg@ces.uwex.edu

Sharpening the pencil to analyze the cost of crop production is more important than ever with commodity prices at or below production costs. It is critical to focus on crops enterprise budgets as well as the whole farm balance sheets.

How can corn growers succeed in the current markets, and what inputs provide the best returns? White Mold, SCN, and other diseases can have a devastating impact on soybean yields. What are the best strategies for managing soybeans to minimize the risk of diseases? When is there an economic return to using fungicides on corn? What are the markets telling us about corn/soybean supply and demand and prices for 2017.

These are among the topics to be discussed at the University of Wisconsin-Extension 2017 Agronomy Day to be held on Feb. 23, 2017 starting at 10 a.m. at the Five Pillars Restaurant, Random Lake.

Presentations and speakers include:

— Corn Production: Joe Lauer, UW-Extension corn specialist.

— Managing Crop Disease Challenges in 2017: Damon Smith, UW-Extension plant pathologist

— All Things Soybean: Shawn Conley, UW-Extension soybean specialist.

— Market Outlook for 2017: Naomi Blohm, Senior Market Advisor, Steward Peterson Group Inc

For more information and/or to make reservations, contact theUW-Extension Sheboygan County Office at (920) 459-5904. Registration information is also available on line at http://sheboygan.uwex.edu. The 2017 Agronomy Day is sponsored by the UW-Extension Offices of Sheboygan, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties, with support of farm supply businesses and crop protectant companies.

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