MU Crop Management Conference set for Dec. 14-15

  • Published: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri’s 2022 Crop Management Conference will be held Dec. 14-15 at the Stoney Creek Hotel in Columbia.

Topics include input price strategies, effects of the war in Ukraine on the agricultural and changes in forage fertilizer recommendations. Updates on insects, disease, weed management and new products and technology make a return, says MU Extension weed scientist Kevin Bradley.

Bradley will discuss several weed management issues that are likely to be prominent in future corn and soybean systems, including more complex label requirements, new types of herbicide resistance in some of the most problematic weeds and new tactics that do not rely solely on herbicides for weed control. He also will give an update on new products and practices for weed control in pastures.

MU Extension specialist Mandy Bish will discuss effectiveness of current management strategies for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) and provide an overview of efforts to identify new SCN resistance traits. In a second session, on foliar fungicide applications, she will discuss results from soybean strip trial studies and the latest on tar spot of corn.

MU research agronomist Kelly Nelson will discuss yield variability, nutrient loss and use of cover crops for soil health in terraced fields. Nutrient management specialist John Lory gives results from some of the most recent “MU Certified” Strip Trial Program studies on nitrogen management and will discuss changes in MU nutrient management recommendations for forages.

MU Extension economist Raymond Massey will provide tips on how landowners and tenants can communicate to meet the needs of both parties. Massey also will give insights on input costs, forecasts and risks.

Kent Shannon will give a session about emerging farm technologies, including “see-and-spray” systems and autonomous tractors. MU assistant extension professor Justin Calhoun will talk about some new biological nitrogen-fixing products.

Roman Grynyshyn of World To Rebuild Rural Ukraine will tell how the Russia-Ukraine war is influencing agriculture worldwide.

Other speakers include Lance Conway, a soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service. He will discuss planter-based soil sensing technology. University of Illinois postdoctoral researcher Connor Sible will talk about ongoing research with biological products. Erin Hodgson, an entomologist with Iowa State University, will provide an update on insect pest management.

Up to 16 Certified Crop Adviser credits are available for attendees.

In-person registration begins at 7 a.m. both days, and sessions end at 4:10 p.m.

For details and preregistration, visit, or contact the MU Conference Office at 573-882-9554 or [email protected].

Writer: Linda Geist

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