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Albert Lea Seed Open House - Nov 19 & 20


DAY ONE, Viking Corn and Soybean Day - Thursday, Nov. 19

◗ Roundup Ready® 2 Xtend Soybeans
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Rob Elliott (Farmer, Monsanto Account Manager, National Corn Growers VP)

◗ Managing Herbicide-Tolerant Weeds
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Lisa Behnken (University of Minnesota)

◗ Northern Corn Leaf Blight
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Alison Robertson (Iowa State University)

◗ Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

◗ Marketing: Nickels, Dimes, and Your Bottom Line
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Kurt Barth (Brock Associates)

◗ Cover Crops in a Corn-Bean Rotation
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Gabe Brown (Brown’s Ranch, Bismarck, ND) and local farmer panel

DAY TWO, Organic Farming Day - Friday, Nov. 20

◗ Trends in Organic Seed and Seed Availability
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Elia Romano (Albert Lea Seed)

◗ Organic and Cover Crop Insurance
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Mark Gutierrez (USDA, RMA)

◗ Marketing and Forecasting for Organic Grains
11:00 - 12:00 p.m. | Alex Heilman (Mercaris)

◗ Organic Lunch
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

◗ Cover Crop Integration in a Diverse Farm Rotation
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | Gabe Brown (Brown’s Ranch, Bismarck, ND)

◗ Soil Health in Organic Systems
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Dr. Michel Cavigelli (USDA-ARS)

◗ Organic Small Grain Production
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | Jonathan Olson

Featured Speakers:

Gabe Brown is a nationally known speaker on cover crops and one of the pioneers of the current soil health movement that focuses on resource regeneration. Gabe, along with his wife, Shelly, and son, Paul, owns and operates a diversified 5,000-acre farm and ranch near Bismarck, ND. The Browns holistically integrate their grazing and no-till cropping system, which includes a wide variety of cash crops along with multi-species cover crops and all-natural, grass-fed beef, poultry, and sheep. This diversity and integration has regenerated the natural resources on the ranch without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or fungicides.
Kurt Barth, Chief Financial Officer at Brock Associates, uses his 25-plus years of experience in the financial markets and business acumen to design individualized plans for clients that integrate market outlook, cash flow needs, on-farm storage analysis, debt loads, and other factors. He is a botanist by education, earning his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979. When he’s not crunching numbers and talking with clients, Kurt likes to be out-of-doors chopping wood, hiking, kayaking, or skiing.
Alison Robertson is an associate professor at Iowa State University. She coordinates and provides leadership for corn and soybean disease diagnosis and management information, and education programs for farmers and agribusiness professionals throughout Iowa. Her research program addresses current issues in disease management of corn and soybean production, and she is presently researching Goss’s wilt of corn as well as seedling diseases of corn and soybean caused by Pythium and Phytophthora.

We hope you can join us!

1414 West Main St., Albert Lea, MN

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