EMMETSBURG – The Farm News Ag Show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 30 at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg.
There will be indoor and outdoor vendors offering a wide range of agricultural products. The Palo Alto County Fairgrounds is located at 2101 Madison St. in Emmetsburg.
Food will also be available with on-site food trucks starting at “Girl’d Cheese” and “Double MM Catering Sandwicherie.”
Some popular Farm News columnists are making the list of speakers this year.
At 8:30 a.m., CommStock Investments President and Farm News Columnist David Kruse start the day.
Kruse’s presentation is titled, “A perfect storm blows a wind in the back of the agricultural economy.” This title refers to how there are bull supply markets and bullish demand markets, and this one is both together.
“We will discuss the poor end of corn crop transitions in Brazil to drought issues for the growing season in the United States,” Kruse said. “The USDA expects virtually no increase in US pipeline soybean carry-over stocks year over year despite higher seeded areas and trend yields. Market highs may not come until 2022. We also believe China has stolen the US corn and soybean crops for 2020. They will return, however. Rising inflation may not be as transitory as the Fed thinks and what an inflation cycle looks like. “
Kruse is chairman and co-owner of Commstock Investments at Royal. He has been a commodity broker and advisor since 1985.
He started farming in 1973. He is a fourth generation farmer who can trace his farming roots to Mecklenberg, Germany. He still owns and manages 880 acres of prime farmland. Having experienced all the effects of the agricultural depression of the 1980s, Kruse saw the need to manage risk, which led him to create his own risk management company. He has been the author of the Commstock report since 1986.
Kruse is also a guest speaker at numerous commodity conferences as well as private agribusiness meetings. His expertise is sought from major publications such as the Wall Street Journal as well as political candidates vying to learn about agricultural issues.
“We look forward to speaking again at the Farm News Ag Show and discussing what farmers can expect regarding market risk in the future,” he said.
Jerry Nelson will take the stage at 10:30 am with “Dear Guy County Officer: The Saga of an Accidental Writer.”
Nelson said his speech will begin with stories about his childhood on a small South Dakota dairy farm, his Norwegian heritage, his Lutheran upbringing and the important role lutefisk played in choosing a woman.
A life-changing experience ultimately led to Nelson’s writing.
“When I was 30, I had a horrible accident in a manure pit that almost killed me,” he said. “Throughout the medical ordeal that followed, my wife kept her wits about her, often challenging those who were willing to fill out my death certificate. His German stubbornness was a key factor in saving my life. The accident turned out to be a crucial inflection point for me. Without this experience, I would never have considered becoming a writer. After all, I had no skills or training beyond a high school diploma. But my thoughts were, what the heck, why not try this writing thing? I should be dead anyway. Every day above ground is a bonus. “
Nelson is a recovering dairy farmer from the Volga, South Dakota. He and his wife, Julie, live on the farm his great-grandfather operated in 1887. The Nelson’s have two grown sons.
Since 1997, Jerry has written a weekly column called Dear County Agent Guy. In addition to his contributions to Farm News, Nelson has also had his work published in Successful Farming, Farm Journal and Progressive Farmer.
Nelson currently works as a writer and ad salesperson for the Dairy Star, a bimonthly newspaper read by Midwestern dairy farmers.
In May 2016, Workman Publishing published a book containing some of Nelson’s selected works. The book, well titled “Dear County Officer, Guy,” is available online and in bookstores nationwide. Readers Digest published an excerpt from his book in September 2019.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to contribute to Farm News during all these years,” he said. “It’s very gratifying to receive letters and emails from readers who want to express how much they appreciate my noodles. It is humbling to know that I have become such a part of the lives of so many people.
MaxYield Cooperative Seed Team Leader Dan Bjorklund will present: “Is an average of 300 bushels per acre possible” at 1 pm
“This year we have developed a high yield corn system for MaxYield customers” said Bjorklund. “The idea is, if time permits, to put in place a system to see if 300 bushels per acre of corn are possible in an average field situation. Program clients plant 40-acre blocks between 38,000 and 40,000 (seeds per acre). We use small Stine hybrids that have been selected for high population situations. We are also looking at additional inputs such as side coat nitrogen, foliar micronutrient application, supplemental sulfur, VT fungicide. “
Bjorklund has been in the field of agronomy for 41 years. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in agronomy in 1980 and began a career in agronomy with Land O ‘Lakes, including agronomic research and training on the Land O’ Lakes Answer plots. He also worked as an agronomist for Stine and Syngenta until he took on his current position as seed team leader for MaxYield.
Cartoonist Rick Friday will close the day by going on stage at 3 p.m.
“A farm life, a farm woman and the long walk” is the title of his speech.
“I’m going to tell and act out possibly funny stories about growing up on the farm and working the farm with my lovely wife, respectfully known as ‘The Big Juan’. You’ll have to wait to hear about the long walk home, ” he said.
Friday will also be in the show throughout the day, autographing Farm News’ most recent cartoon.
Friday is the fourth generation to own and operate the family farm in Southwestern Iowa, established in 1895. His wife’s name is Juanita, they have five children and 17 grandchildren, known as “The Sippy Cup gang.”
Back in elementary school, Friday started drawing cartoons and selling them on the school bus for nickels and dimes. In 1978 he turned down an art grant to cultivate the family farm. When the agricultural crisis hit in the 1980s, he left the farm and went to work for Winnebago Industries. After his work was rejected by several major newspapers and magazines, in 1993 he began trading cartoons for subscriptions with smaller local newspapers.
“I landed a little gig with Wallaces Farmer magazine in 1994, which led to my drawing for Farm News in 1995, when the newspaper started,” he said. “Self-taught, I currently design and write for four magazines and two newspapers, with monthly print distribution via subscriptions and newsstands to approximately 220,000 households nationwide and approximately 10 million pageviews online each year in the UK. world.