January 29, 2019 – Thresher held the annual Seed Days symposium for more than 230 producers, agribusiness professionals and crop advisers in Eastern Idaho. After vendor introductions across the exhibit area, the morning session began with an organizational update from Agspring CEO Mark Beemer and an introduction from new General Manager Brian Aust.
2019 Seed Varieties, Options and Seed Treatments were featured presentations from Ken Morgan of Thresher, Trenton Stanger of WestBred, Tony Severa of Syngenta and Hannah Kammeyer of Limagrain Cereal Seeds. Jamie Kress of the Idaho Grain Producers Association provided an informed view of the wheat markets including current political dynamics and issues relevant to Idaho producers.
Latesha Reed was on hand from GrainCraft to give producers an update on grain quality in the context of their flour milling operation. Wheat quality merchandised through Thresher continues to be among the best available for millers and consumer packaged goods companies nationwide.
Intellectual property issues around seed were addressed by Karen Stevenson of the University of Idaho as the first in a series of information sessions that will be made available to producers on this potentially confusing issue. Chad Jackson from the University of Idaho presented research findings and management recommendations on fusarium head blight and cereal cyst nematodes in Eastern Idaho. Managing both intelligently, the audience was reminded, it is important to ensure solid yield productivity.
Keynote speaker Kyle Tapley, senior agricultural meteorologist for Radiant Solutions, gave a very accessible talk on climate and the current weather outlook for agriculture. Tapley helped dispel common misunderstandings about weather vs. climate as well as detailing the limits of forecasting accuracy in any growing season.
Three sessions covering on-farm safety, chemical labeling and related regulation were facilitated by Tim Gioffredi of Wilbur Ellis, Bob Johnston of DIACON and Richard Filmore of McGregor. Finally a panel session linking profitability, yield productivity and sustainable outcomes was led by Agspring VP Bradford Warner featuring Jay Watson of General Mills and Jennifer Shaw of Syngenta. Survey questions were taken live from the audience and insights showing growers in the Thresher sustainable sourcing program have proven to be more efficient and productive than the norm.
If you have any questions on these presentations, please contact your Thresher merchandising manager.