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Agriculture

Farm marketing tips to be offered

DECATUR – The Farming Conference: Managing Risks, Markets, and Operations will be Feb. 4 at Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, 4191 W. Highway 36, Decatur.

The conference, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is sponsored by ADM Crop Risk Services and presented by AgEngage. Registration begins at 8 a.m. It will feature table top exhibitors with a wide variety of products and services for the upcoming cropping season.

The morning session will begin with a look at revenue and profitability prospects with Dwight Raab of Farm Business Farm Management, followed by Dr. Gary Schnitkey’s evaluation of crop insurance options for 2014, and farm program opportunities from Jonathan Coppess, all with the University of Illinois.

U of I marketing specialist Darrel Good will provide a grain supply-demand outlook, followed by Matt Bennett of Total Grain Marketing, offering strategies for corn and soybean marketing. Two headache pests will be addressed in the afternoon session. Mike Gray will offer strategies for controlling corn rootworms following increased product failures in the past year and Chance Riggins will help farmers prevent being overwhelmed with Palmer amaranth. Dennis Bowman, U of I crop specialist, will discuss various agronomic challenges expected for the cropping season.

The afternoon session concludes with Randy Holthaus of GROWMARK offering strategies for bringing stored grain from cold into warm weather if it has mold potential and Chad Niehaus, U of I ag engineering researcher offering tips on improving combine efficiency.

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