Small Grains Conference

2020 Small Grains Conference | March 4 – 5 | Springfield, IL

Wyndham Springfield City Centre | 700 E Adams Street Springfield, IL 62701

Join us in historic Springfield to learn about growing small grains, cover cropping and the benefits of an extended rotation. The conference has twelve breakout sessions throughout the day will include topics on integrating animals with a small grains operation, marketing small grains, the agronomy behind successfully raising small grains and more. Stay tuned for speaker and session information.

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Registration will be open in early January!

Free for PFI members; $40 for non-members. If you are not currently a member but would like to join Practical Farmers of Iowa, click here for membership information.


A block of rooms is being held for the nights of March 4-5 under Practical Farmers of Iowa. To book a room, visit the Wyndham Springfield City Centre’s website or give them a call at (217) 789-1530 and press 1 for reservations. Rooms will be held until February 12.

Schedule – Full session details in early January
Wednesday, March 4

11 a.m. – Noon | Registration

Noon – 1 p.m. | Lunch and Plenary

1:20 – 2:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

2:50 – 4 p.m. | Breakout Sessions

4 – 5:30 p.m. | Reception

Thursday, March 5

8:30 – 9:40 a.m. | Breakout sessions

10 – 11:10 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Lunch and Plenary


From Interstate 55, take exit 98B for IL97 W & Clear Lake Ave. and merge onto IL 97N & E Clear Lake Ave. You will pass by a Starbucks, and will be heading west toward the hospital. Continue on this road for about 2.5 miles. IL97 will merge with E Jefferson St and then you will turn left onto N 9th St for two blocks; turn right onto E Adams St and the Wyndham should be on the left with a tall circular tower.

Event Questions

For questions, contact Hannah Grosspietsch at (515) 232-5661 or

2019 Small Grains Conference PDF Presentations

Download slides from this sortable, searchable table.

Randy JacksonCan we sequester carbon in agricultural soils?PDF
Randy Jackson How does diversifying crop rotations affect profit, land, air, and water?PDF
Sara Fletcher & Alisha BowerRebuilding the Small Grains Economy in the Midwest PDF
Graham AdsitWhat's winter farming all about? Small Grains Production and MarketingPDF
Molly McGheeThe Value of Hybrid Rye for LivestockPDF
Gene SchrieferFilling in the Forage Gap PDF
Carl Duley Bringing Malting Barley Back to Western WisconsinPDF
Julie GrossmanGrowing your own nitrogen through cover crops PDF
John WepkingMarket Development and Grain Handling for Artisan Grain Products PDF
Dan MeyerBenefits of Managing Manure on a Dairy and Grain FarmPDF
Dr. Pete LammersEvaluating Oat Varieties for FeedPDF
Andy WalshProduction of Small Grains for Seed MarketsPDF
Valentin D. PicassoKernza – A perennial grain and forage crop with multiple uses PDF
John and Halee WepkingBringing the Next Generation to the Farm with Small GrainsPDF
Dorothy & John PriskeKernza – A perennial grain and forage crop with multiple uses PDF
Dr. Becca StokesHybrid Rye for ForagePDF

2019 Small Grains Conference Video

Watch the playlist of the two keynote presentations and other select 2019 small grains conference sessions:

Questions about the Small Grains Conference? Contact Alisha Bower by calling our office at (515) 232-5661.