It's almost time for the annual Soybean Bean Expo.
Soybean farmers will gather Jan. 11, 2012, in Topeka for the event, which this year is themed "Kansas Soybeans: Growing Opportunities." The Kansas Soybean Commission and Kansas Soybean Association (KSA) are co-sponsors. The Expo is conducted in conjunction with the Topeka Farm Show.
It is at the Capital Plaza Hotel's Maner Conference Center at the Kansas Expocentre. Registration and exhibits open at 8:30 a.m., with the program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
The opening session will feature a "Soybean Update" moderated by Gary Kilgore, a Kansas State University (K-State) emeritus professor of agronomy. The panelists will be Dave Mengel, Ph.D., a K-State professor of soil fertility and nutrient management; Bill Schapaugh, Ph.D., a K-State professor, soybean breeder and interim head of the agronomy department; and Phil Stahlman, Ph.D., a weed scientist at the K-State Agricultural Research Center in Hays.
Mengel will share the latest information about phosphorus and potassium fertilization, Schapaugh will address what is behind the yield improvement in soybeans, and Stahlman will discuss glyphosate resistance.
Next, representatives from the American Soybean Association, National Oilseed Processors Association and National Biodiesel Board will provide policy updates.
Following the morning break, Loren Kruse, editor-in-chief of Successful Farming magazine and Agriculture.com, will present the keynote address, "12 Attributes I Admire Most in Successful Farmers."
Kruse joined Successful Farming in 1976 as senior farm management editor, was promoted to managing editor in 1982 and to his present position in 1988. He previously was Extension 4-H editor then agricultural science editor at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He holds a master's degree in rural adult education from OSU and two bachelor's degrees (technical journalism and agricultural economics) from K-State, which honored him as the 2007 College of Agriculture distinguished alumnus and a 1993 Alumni Fellow. He serves on advisory councils for the College of Agriculture and the School of Journalism at K-State. He has co-authored two Successful Farming books, Charting for Profit and Hedging for Profit.
Wyatt Thompson, director of sportscasting and public relations for K-State Athletics and the "Voice of the Wildcats," will be the master of ceremonies at the luncheon, where Rep. Tim Huelskamp is the invited speaker. During the luncheon, KSA will present awards and recognitions, including its DuPont Young Leader and the winners in the Kansas Soybean Yield and Quality Contests.
KSA President Charles Atkinson, Great Bend, then will preside over the organization's annual meeting, which will include the approval of policy resolutions and the board of directors elections.
The afternoon session will focus on planning for the future when Darrell Holaday, a grain broker with Advanced Market Concepts and Country Futures, presents "Bubble or Boom?"
For a complete program and the registration form or to request more information, visit www.kansassoybeans.org on the Web or call 877-KS-SOYBEAN (877-577-6923). The registration fees are $15 for KSA members ($20 with a spouse) and $20 for other guests, with a $5 discount for anyone who registers by Dec. 31.