Since 2004 the Fremont Corn Expo has allowed local corn growers and agribusinesses to come together to discuss issues and innovations in the industry which plays such a significant role in the Cornhusker State’s economy.
This year’s expo is again set to be held in the Christensen Field Main Arena, 1730 West 16th Street, where a variety of speakers and panelists will provide local corn growers with the knowledge to help effectively manage locally-relevant issues in the coming years.
The Fremont Corn Expo runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 4th at Christensen field and will focus on the topics of applying new Ag technology, improving economic viability, increasing resiliency to extreme weather, and enhancing soil and water resources.
“The Expo is a one-stop shop for local corn growers to get the critical information they need to effectively manage locally relevant corn production issues,” Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Educator and event host, said.
The expo usually brings 300-400 attendees within a one-hour driving distance of Fremont, and this year, will bring 48 agribusiness exhibitors from around the area to promote their products and services.
The expo begins with breakfast provided by “The Waffle Man” compliments of the Fremont Chamber before welcome addresses from Mueller, Fremont Chamber Ag Business and Natural Resource Council Chair Tad Dinkins, and Mayor Scott Getzschman to kick things off.
“With the Fremont Corn Expo we get to promote local Ag producers, and get local businesses to promote their wares to the producers. Also it just helps to open up some of those lines of communication and gets a lot of people within the industry in the same room,” Dinkins said.
This year’s event will bring four industry experts to the stage to present on a variety of corn growing related issues along with a panel that will discuss cover crops following the planting of seed corn.
The speakers include Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, a corn plant pathologist at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who will be presenting “Corn Stalk Lodging: What Role did Crown and Stalk Rots Play?” which will address what role crown and stalk rots played in stalk integrity during 2017 harvest. She will also focus on hybrid selection, fungicide, and weather condition interactions.
Jackson-Ziems presentation will begin at 9 a.m. and will be followed at 9:30 with a presentation by DTN Senior Analyst Darin Newson who will look ahead at grain markets for 2018.
At 10:45 a.m. a panel discussion will be held on the topic “Cover Crops After Seed Corn” which will feature NRCS Conservationist Jeremiah Schultz, seed corn grower and cattleman Scott Wagner, applicator Seth Feala, Greg Beebe of Beebe Seed Farms, Precision Ag Specialist Jason Strand, and Mueller.
The panel discussion will be followed by a business and industry update provided by Nebraska Farm Bureau in Dodge County, Fremont Chamber, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, and the Nebraska Corn Board.
Lunch will be provided at noon by Dee’s Catering compliments of Nebraska Farm Bureau and attendees can peruse all of the agribusiness exhibits during that time before leading into afternoon speakers.
Afternoon speakers include North Dakota State University Extension Ag Engineer Ken Hellevang who will focus on grain storage management and technology including current grain storage practices and available technology for managing grain year to year.
The final speaker of the expo will be Associate State Climatologist Al Dutcher who will discuss potential impacts of La Nina on spring planting with a special emphasis on soil moisture reserves, drought risk, severe weather, and growing season weather.
The expo concludes with the announcement of door prize winners which are provided by Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers.
The Fremont Corn Expo is organized and hosted by Nebraska Extension. The Fremont Chamber Ag Business and Natural Council, Nebraska Farm Bureau in Dodge County, Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Corn Board, Frontier Co-op, Butler Ag Equipment, and StrongField Resources are primary sponsors of the event.