Annual Agronomy Conference


The South Dakota Agri-Business Association is pleased to provide the annual Agronomy Conference in December of each year.

This conference provides an opportunity to learn the latest trends in crop management and production, as well as to earn 20 CCA credits in just two days.

Details of the conference are provided in September of each year, so check back often!


Future Conference Dates

2017:  December 13-14
2018:  December 12-13


Conference Presentation Archives 
2017 Conference Brochure PDF


Agronomy Conference 2017

Get ready for the most comprehensive program offered in South Dakota, designed for continuing education of agronomy professionals!

Download the full brochure (above).

  • Leading university experts and industry professionals will be presenters for the two-day conference.
  • As usual, the conference includes 20 CEUs for the Certified Crop Advisor program and will cover all four performance objectives.
  • The conference registration fees will be $305 for the entire conference and $205 for just one day. The registration fee includes training, materials, refreshment breaks and lunches.
  • Seating is Limited - Pre-Registration is Required
You do not need to be a CCA to attend! 


  1. Online: (no longer available - register on-site only)
  2. Phone: (605) 224-2445, have your credit card information ready.
  3. Fax: (605) 224-9913, use the printable registration form (no longer available - register on-site only)
  4. Mail: SDABA, 320 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501, use the printable registration form (no longer available - register on-site only).


December 13-14, 2017

Check-in is from 7:30 to 8:00 AM each day and the presentations will run every 50 minutes from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM each day.


Sioux Falls Convention Center
1101 N West Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
For directions, click here.

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton under the "South Dakota Agronomy Conference". Make your reservations by December (TBD)
Standard room-$99 plus taxes

Call the Sheraton directly at 605/331-0100 or click on this link: Hotel Reservation (not available yet)


$315 for both days (20 CEUs)
$205 for one day (10 CEUs)
$50 Late Fee after December 1, 2017


Pre-registration is required by December 1, 2017. Any registration received after December 1, 2017 will be assessed a late fee of $50.00.  The Registration fee includes refreshment breaks and lunch for each day of the conference. 

The conference begins with check in from 7:30 to 8:00 AM each day.

There will be NO refunds granted unless the conference is completely cancelled due to poor weather conditions.



Nutrient Management - 3
Soil and Water Management - 3
Pest Management - 2
Crop Management - 1
Professional Development - 1

Nutrient Management - 2
Soil and Water Management - 2
Pest Management - 2
Crop Management - 4


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

8:00-8:50 AM Introduction to FieldWatch, Stephanie Regagnon, FieldWatch (1 PM)
8:50-9:40 AM Continuing the Quest for High Yield Corn, Fred Below, UofIL (1 NM)
9:40-10:00 AM BREAK
10:00-10:50 AM Continuing the Quest for High Yield Soybean, Fred Below, UofIL (1 NM)
10:50-11:40 AM Perspectives on Dicamba in the Eastern Corn Belt, Joe Ikley, Purdue (1 PM)
11:40-12:30 PM LUNCH
12:30-1:20 PM 4R Update, Sally Flis, The Fertilizer Institute (1 SW)
1:20-2:10 PM Making Nutrient Placement in Conservation Tillage Work for You, Fabian Fernandez, UofM (1 SW)
2:10-2:30 PM BREAK
2:30-3:20 PM Impacts of 4R Nitrogen Management on Nitrate in Drainage Water, Matt Helmers, IA State (1 SW)
3:20-4:10 PM Economics, the Environment, and Conservation Management Systems and 2017 SD Croping Systems Inventory, Jeff Zimprich, NRCS (1 NM)
4:10-4:20 BREAK
4:20-5:10 PM Hungry for the Truth: Igniting Conversations About Food & Farming, SD Soybean Research & Promotion Council (1 PD)
5:10-6:00 PM SDDA Update, Tom Gere, SD Department of Agriculture (1 CM)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

8:00-8:50 AM Late Vegetative N Applications for High Yield Corn, Tony Vyn, Purdue (1 SW)
8:50-9:40 AM Rethinking the Sprayer Cleanout, Reordering Steps and Adopting New Practices, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 PM)
9:40-10:00 AM BREAK
10:00-10:50 AM Lessons Learned from Truck Accidents, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 CM)
10:50-11:40 AM The Evolution of U.S. Fertilizer Markets:  What's Next? Andy Jung, Mosaic (1 NM)
11:40-12:30 PM LUNCH
12:30-2:10 PM Managing Weather Risk:  The Tools of the Trade, Eric Snodgrass, UofIL (2 CM)
2:10-2:30 PM BREAK
2:30-3:20 PM Dicamba Update, Ty Witten, Monsanto (1 PM)
3:20-4:10 PM Advancements in Soil Fertility, Dave Franzen, NDSU (1 NM)
4:10-4:20 BREAK
4:20-5:10 PM Grid Sampling vs. Zone Sampling, Kelly Sharpe, GK Technology (1 SW)
5:10-6:00 PM Agronomic Implications of New Planter Technologies, Peter Kovacs & Nicholas Uilk, SDSU (1 CM)