Informative presentations, an extensive trade show and an opportunity to network with some of the leaders in corn and soybean production are all on the agenda for the 2020 West Tennessee Grain and Soybean Producers Conference.

This University of Tennessee Extension event will be Feb. 6 at the Dyer County Fairgrounds in Dyersburg. Registration will open at 7:45 a.m. As visitors arrive, they can explore numerous trade show booths and enjoy a time of meet and greet with representatives from area agribusinesses.

Breakout sessions begin at 9 a.m. They include presentations on farm bill changes, soil testing for precision agriculture, weed management and seed treatment effectiveness.

All visitors will reconvene at 11 a.m. to hear from Wesley Tucker, a field specialist in agricultural business from the University of Missouri. 

Tucker will discuss effective methods for coaching, motivating and retaining good employees.

Conference-goers will also meet the newly established Tennessee Corn Promotion Council and hear an update from Executive Director Carol Reed. Parks Wells, executive director of the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Council, will recognize winners of the state’s 2019 soybean yield contest.

A complimentary lunch will be served at noon and will be immediately followed by the conference’s keynote presentation, “Filter the Kool-Aid Before You Drink It,” led by Robert Nielsen of Purdue University.

Producers, commercial applicators and certified crop advisers can obtain certification points at the conference.

For more information regarding the West Tennessee Grain and Soybean Producers Conference, contact the UT Extension office in Henry County at 642-2941. You can also download an agenda at UTCrops.com​. 

 

RANSON GOODMAN is an agricultural agent for the Henry County Extension Service. Contact him at the Extension office at 642-2941 or by email at rgoodman@utk. edu.

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