Farmers Share Industry Knowledge at Northern Corn and Soybean Expo

This is the second year the two have been held together

FARGO, N.D. — Farmers get a chance to share industry knowledge at the annual Northern Corn and Soybean Expo.

The corn and soybean expos have been held separately for decades, but this is only the second year the two have been held together.

“They’re going to see research spotlighted, they’re going to see our national organizations represented, and get a feel for the industry as a whole. They’re also going to have a chance to talk to their fellow farmers which I think is really important,” Jean Henning, executive director of the N.D. Corn Council, said.

According to the Soybean Council, North Dakota harvested 6.85 million acres of soybeans and 2.92 million acres of corn last year.

“This is really about our producers and the investment of our checkoff dollars to their benefit. Today’s about learning, it’s about engaging, networking with other producers, and seeing the value of the checkoff,” Stephanie Sinner, executive director of N.D. Soybean Council, said.

Farmers get a chance to hear from experts and talk about their strategy going into next planting season.

There are also breakout sessions where they can learn about weed management, insect control and even stress management.

“This expo is nice and big but it’s just a small sliver of what we do. What we do is all year long, investing in researchers at NDSU, we need people to become plant breeders of the future, scientists of the future, to create new chemical formulations for the future of plant health,” Austin Langley, a farmer, said.

The unexpected snow in October caused a delay in harvest for some farmers.

“It’s all year long. It’s not just spring or harvest. It is a yearlong endeavor to get this crop planned, to get this crop out of the ground, into the ground and out of the ground healthy,” Langley said.

He says one of the biggest challenges is working alongside global partners, especially with the trade war.

“We need to have a vast network of buyers to consume this huge supply we’ve produced. We’re doing a really good job of growing soybeans. Now we need to do a good job of finding a market for that,” he said.

Organizers say more than 600 farmers registered for the event.

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