For those of you waiting on the edge of your seats, here is the complete agenda for our meeting in Cordele, GA on January 5. We have a jam packed day! And it all begins at 9:00 am with a welcome from our dealer and meeting organizer, Mark Egan.
Here’s a look at the rest of the agenda:
- Carbon: The Essence of Soil Fertility – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
- After 25+ years of farming biologically and working with farmers throughout the country, Dean Craine, General Manager at AgriEnergy Resources, understands the importance of building a firm foundation by balancing soil minerals. He also knows that soil microbes have very important jobs on the farm; and that farmers must pay this microscopic work force with ample food and a safe working environment. Dean will show proof that by renewing your focus on wise carbon management, you can reduce your purchased N-P-K inputs, boost your soil organic matter and CEC, and increase the value of your farmland. Not to mention managing for carbon builds healthy soils that resist erosion, pests, and weather extremes. And, better, yet, he’ll tell you how to do it.
- Soil Microbials – Putting Them to Work for You – Dean Craine, AgriEnergy Resources
- Dean Craine will take you down the road of organic and biological farming. He’ll show you how improving your soil with SP-1™, Myco Seed Treat® (Mycorrhizal Fungi), and Residuce® can help benefit your bottom line!
- Seaweed for Heat Stress Tolerance – Greg Cosman, Ocean Organics Corp.
- It’s been shown through field observations and research that applications of seaweed extract to plants enhance their ability to tolerate heat, drought, and salinity stress. Greg Cosman of Ocean Organics Corp., will share how seaweed extracts can help mitigate weather stresses.
- Chilean Nitrate – Sam Carruth, SQM
- Sam Carruth, Global Organic Product Manager for SQM North America, will share his knowledge on Allganic® Nitrogen. Originating from Northern Chile, Allganic Nitrogen contains 16% nitrate nitrogen. It is a non-synthetic mineral source and has been known to alleviate weather stressors on a variety of crops.
- Cover Crop Seed – Burton Heatwole, Petcher Seeds
- There are so many opportunities to improve the biology in your soils, no matter the crops. One way, being cover crops. But which cover crop to choose? Farmer and representative for Petcher Seeds, of Alabama, Burton Heatwole, will share what he’s seen work the best in southern climates.
- Using Cover Crops in Row Crop Production – Jonathan Yoder, Farmer
- Using cover crops in row crop production is one tool we like to have in our toolbox. When done properly, high yields can ensue. Organic farmer, Jonathan Yoder, will share tips on incorporating cover crops and green manure crops into your operation.
- Benefits of Compost – Mike Wyatt, AgriEnergy Resources and Chad Heard, Farmer
- Sometimes, cover crops simply aren’t in the farm budget. That’s okay! Consider compost as a substitute. Our representative, Mike Wyatt, along with farmer Chad Heard will share how to recognize high quality, humified compost. High quality compost often times yields the same benefits of a green manure crop.
- Turning Beach Sand Black in a P. Peanut Field – Josh Boan, JB Ag LLC
- Fertility is carbon, and carbon is black, and black is money. Hear how our dealer, Josh Boan of Florida, turned his white, sandy soil into sticky, black, fertile soil, and how that’s impacted his crop enterprise.
- Organic Produce & Citrus – Buddy Allen, Farmer
- Growing produce and citrus in Florida definitely has its challenges, but Buddy Allen, a produce equipment building virtuoso, will share how to best combat those challenges and the rewards that follow.
- Organic Pesticide Product Review – Mark Egan, AgriEnergy Resources
- Disease and insects can take out an entire crop in the blink of an eye. Learn which pesticides can be used in organic farming. Our representative, Mark Egan, will share tips on how to get the most out of your pesticide applications.
- Crop Protection, Naturally – Dr. David Shapiro-Ilan, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS
- Each year has its ups and downs. Learn to combat challenges with ease, no matter the situation. We’ll explore programs that focus on microbial biocontrol agents.
- Panel Q&A Session – Dean Craine, Jonathan Yoder, Josh Boan, Buddy Allen, Chad Heard, (moderated by Mark Egan)
- Farming is not for the faint of heart! Bring all your unanswered questions and hopefully our panel of long time farmers and agronomists can help.
If any of this caught your eye, there are still seats open. Reserve yours by December 21 by calling us at 815-872-1190 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
And for those of you coming from out of town, we have a block of rooms reserved for $109/night at the resort. Call 800-459-1230 and reference AgriEnergy Resources and group#272235 to get the discounted price.