The 2011 Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo Dec. 15 will assist soybean producers in planning for next year's growing season.
The expo, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 2:15 p.m., will be in the pavilion at the Saunders County Fairgrounds in Wahoo, said Keith Glewen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator.
The expo opens with coffee, doughnuts and the opportunity to view equipment and exhibitor booths. Speakers start at 9 a.m.
Presenters include UNL researchers and specialists, Nebraska Soybean Board representatives, soybean growers and private industry representatives.
This year's featured presentation is Farmer and Rancher Mobilization. Join the conversation about the food you grow and raise presented by Kim Essex, senior vice president, brand strategy for Ketchum. Essex is speaking on behalf of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. USFRA is a coalition of more than 50 national, regional and state agricultural groups and their partners, committed to continuously improving how they grow and raise food that provides healthy choices for people everywhere.
The USFRA reports that fewer than 2 percent of Americans operate a farm. As a result, Americans are disconnected from where their food originates. Essex will discuss what consumers feel and know about food production. She will also discuss what producers can do to join the conversation.
Other topics of the program include: Recent Soil and Crop Management Findings for High Yield Soybean, Charles Wortmann, UNL Extension nutrient management specialist; New Information on Resistant Weed Developments and Important Weed Management Issues, Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator; and Fungicides and Seed Treatments: Which ones work and should you use them?, Amy Timmerman, UNL Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic coordinator
The expo also will include an update on the Nebraska Soybean Checkoff update and association information.
Producers will be able to visit with representatives from seed, herbicide, fertilizer and equipment companies and view new farm equipment during a 30-minute break at 10 a.m.
Soy doughnuts will be cooked on site, and noon lunch will be served.
Registration is available the day of the expo at the door. For more information about the program or exhibitor information, call 800-529-8030 or e-mail email@example.com.
This program is sponsored by UNL Extension in the university's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska Soybean Board, Saunders County Soybean Growers Organization and private industry. There is no registration fee.