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

2019:  December 11-12
Past Conference Archives 
Register On-Line Here


Agronomy Conference 2019

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

Download the full brochure (not available yet).

  • 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: Click here
  2. Phone: (605) 224-2445, have your credit card information ready.
  3. Fax: (605) 224-9913, use the printable registration form (not available yet).
  4. Mail: SDABA, 320 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501, use the printable registration form (not available yet).


December 11-12, 2019

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 22, 2019.   Standard room-$102 plus taxes.

Call Adam Poeppel at 605/367-9695 to make reservations, or click here:  Agronomy Conference Room Block


$310 for both days (20 CEUs)
$210 for one day (10 CEUs)
$50 Late Fee after December 1, 2018


Pre-registration is required by December 1, 2019. Any registration received after December 1, 2019 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 - 4
Soil and Water Management - 3
Pest Management - 0
Crop Management - 3

Nutrient Management - 0
Soil and Water Management - 2
Pest Management - 4
Crop Management - 3
Professional Development - 1

PROGRAM (Preliminary)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

8:00-8:50 AM How Can Fertilizer Practice Change Work for You?, Sally Flis, TFI (1 SW)
8:50-9:40 AM Re-Carbonizing Row Crop Ag Lands, Justin Mount, NRCS (1 NM)
9:40-10:00 AM BREAK
10:00-10:50 AM USDA-NRCS Crop System Modeling, Justin Mount, NRCS (1 SW)
10:50-11:40 AM Recap of 2019 and Projection into Spring 2020, Daryl Ritchison, NDSU (1 CM)
11:40-12:30 PM LUNCH
12:30-1:20 PM What "Normal" is and is Our Wetter Period Coming to an End?, Daryl Ritchison, NDSU (1 CM)
1:20-2:10 PM Soil and Tissue Analysis for Corn Potassium Management, Robert Miller, Colorado State, (1 NM)
2:10-2:30 PM BREAK
2:30-3:20 Soil Health Testing:  What is Measurable and What is Useful, John S Breker, Agvise Labs (1 NM)
3:20-4:10 Factors to Consider for Variable Rate Seeding, Mark Licht, IA State (1 CM)
4:10-4:20 BREAK
4:20-5:10 PM Nitrogen Application Timing in Corn and In-Season Soybean Management, Peter Kovaks, SDSU (1 NM)
5:10-6:00 PM 2019 Combining Soil Health and Soil Fertility to Improve Fertility Recommendations, Jason Clark, SDSU (1 SW)

Thursday, December 12, 2019

8:00-8:50 AM Developing a Social Media Presence, Jason Hanson, RockNRoll Agronomy (1 PD)
8:50-9:40 AM Hitch Pins:  A Critical Component, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 PM)
9:40-10:00 AM BREAK
10:00-10:50 AM Working with Straps and Chains to Tie Down Loads, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 PM)
10:50-11:40 AM The Science of Nitrogen Stabilizers and Additives, Dave Franzen, NDSU (1 SW)
11:40-12:30 PM LUNCH
12:30-1:20 PM Impacts of 4R Nitrogen Management on Drainage Water Quality, Matt Helmers, IA State (1 SW)
1:20-2:10 PM Ag Economics Outlook, Wes Chambers, FCS (1 CM)
2:10-2:30 PM BREAK
2:30-3:20 PM Herbicide 101, Kirk Howatt, NDSU (1 PM)
3:20-4:10 PM Insecticide 101, Adam Varenhorst, SDSU (1 PM)
4:10-4:20 BREAK
4:20-6:00 PM Soybean Weed Control Systems, Panel:  Joe Schefers, Bayer; Derek Cottrill, BASF, Steve Snyder, Corteva; Wally West, Syngenta (2 CM)