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

2020:  December 16-17
Past Conference Archives 
2020 Brochure 


Agronomy Conference 2020

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

Download the full brochure pdf.

  • 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 $310 for the entire conference and $210 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! 

4 Ways to Register.... 

  1. Online: REGISTER here
  2. Phone: (605) 224-2445, have your credit card information ready.
  3. Fax: (605) 224-9913
  4. Mail: SDABA, 320 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501


December 16-17, 2020

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 November 17, 2020.   Standard room-$102 plus taxes.  Book online here.


$310 for both days (20 CEUs)
$210 for one day (10 CEUs)


Pre-registration is open through December 8, 2019. 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 - 2
Soil and Water Management - 1
Pest Management - 2
Crop Management - 5

Nutrient Management - 3
Soil and Water Management - 4
Pest Management - 3
Crop Management - 0
Professional Development - 0


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Time Item Presentations
8:00-8:50 AM High Impact Meteorology in Production Agriculture, Eric Snodgrass, Nutrien (1 CM)  
8:50-9:40 AM Sprayers and Equipment Crossing Railroad Tracks: Don’t Become the Next Victim, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 CM)  
9:40-10:00 AM  BREAK  
10:00-10:50 AM Keeping Pesticides and Equipment from Being Stolen Off Trailers, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 CM)    
10:50-11:40 AM Filtering Out the Noise: 2021 Crop Market Outlook, Frayne Olson, NDSU (1 CM)    
11:40-12:30 PM  LUNCH  
12:30-1:20 PM Where do we go from here?: U.S. – China Trade Agreement, Frayne Olson, NDSU (1 CM    
1:20-2:10 PM What and How Can I Learn from Precision Ag Data? Peter Kovacs, SDSU (1 SW)  
2:10-2:30 PM BREAK  
2:30-3:20 PM Update on South Dakota Nitrogen and Potassium Guidelines, Jason Clark, SDSU (1 NM)    
3:20-4:10 PM Update of Current Crop Production Research, Peter Kovacs, SDSU (1 NM)  
4:10-4:20 PM BREAK 
4:20-6:00 PM Soybean Weed Control Systems, Joe Schefers, Bayer, Wyatt Coffman, BASF, Wally West, Syngenta and Steve Snyder, Corteva (2 CM)    


Thursday, December 17, 2020

 Time  Item Presentations  
8:00-8:50 AM Drainage Design for Crop Production and Environmental Impacts, Matt Helmers, IA State (1 SW)  
8:50-9:40 AM Old Insect Problems Return and a New Problem Persists, Bruce Potter, UMN (1 PM)    
9:40-10:00 AM BREAK  
10:00-10:50 AM eKonomic Potassium and Phosphorus Nutrient Management, Cristie Preston, Nutrien (1 NM)    
10:50-11:40 AM Soybean Disease Management Updates, Dan Mueller, IA State (1 PM)  
11:40-12:30 PM LUNCH  
12:30-1:20 PM The Connection Between Soil Health and Soil Water; Dr Anna Cates, UMN (1 SW)  
1:20-2:10 PM Global Shifts Impacting the U.S. Fertilizer Market, Melinda Sposari, TFI (1 NM)  
2:10-2:30 PM BREAK  
2:30-3:20 PM Saline Soil Update, Kent Vlieger, NRCS (1 SW)    
3:20-4:10 PM Nitrogen Management – Pushing Efficiencies and Yield, Brian Arnall, OK State (1 NM)  
4:10-4:20 BREAK  
4:20-5:10 PM Agricultural Drainage Decision Tool: Starting a discussion on the economics, benefits, and desire to tile, Mark Larson, NRCS (1 SW)    
 5:10-6:00 PM Nozzles 101: What to know about them and how do they ACTUALLY Influence your Pesticide Application? Kyle Gustafson, Winfield United (1 PM)