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.
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.
2019 Small Grains Conference PDF Presentations
Download slides from this sortable, searchable table.
|Randy Jackson||Can we sequester carbon in agricultural soils?||PDF
|Randy Jackson||How does diversifying crop rotations affect profit, land, air, and water?||PDF
|Sara Fletcher & Alisha Bower||Rebuilding the Small Grains Economy in the Midwest||PDF
|Graham Adsit||What's winter farming all about? Small Grains Production and Marketing||PDF
|Molly McGhee||The Value of Hybrid Rye for Livestock||PDF
|Gene Schriefer||Filling in the Forage Gap||PDF
|Carl Duley||Bringing Malting Barley Back to Western Wisconsin||PDF
|Julie Grossman||Growing your own nitrogen through cover crops||PDF
|John Wepking||Market Development and Grain Handling for Artisan Grain Products||PDF
|Dan Meyer||Benefits of Managing Manure on a Dairy and Grain Farm||PDF
|Dr. Pete Lammers||Evaluating Oat Varieties for Feed||PDF
|Andy Walsh||Production of Small Grains for Seed Markets||PDF
|Valentin D. Picasso||Kernza – A perennial grain and forage crop with multiple uses||PDF
|John and Halee Wepking||Bringing the Next Generation to the Farm with Small Grains||PDF
|Dorothy & John Priske||Kernza – A perennial grain and forage crop with multiple uses||PDF
|Dr. Becca Stokes||Hybrid Rye for Forage||PDF
2019 Small Grains Conference Video
Watch the playlist of the two keynote presentations and other select 2019 small grains conference sessions:
- Market Development and Grain Handling for Artisan Grain Products – John Wepking
- The Value of Hybrid Rye for Livestock – Dr. Becca Stokes & Molly McGhee
- Bringing the Next Generation to the Farm With Small Grains – John and Halee Wepking and Paul Bickford
- Can we Sequester Carbon in Agricultural Soils? – Randy Jackson
- Production of Small Grains for Seed Markets – Panel
Questions about the Small Grains Conference? Contact Alisha Bower by calling our office at (515) 232-5661.