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CORN TALK Winter 2019/2020

A publication for North Dakota corn producers

Save the date! Northern Corn and Soybean Expo Tuesday, February 4, 2020







Photos from the 2nd Annual Northern Corn and Soybean Expo on February 12, 2019. Plan to attend the 3rd Annual Northern Corn and Soybean Expo on February 4, 2020. Attendees will hear about a wide variety of hot-topics to provide farmers with resources and support.







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Randy Melvin President North Dakota Corn Growers Association

This harvest season has been challenging, to say the least. North Dakota saw unprecedented fall rains and an early October blizzard, which left fields saturated and unharvestable. With all of this in mind, NDCGA is currently focused on low test weight issues, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), and crop insurance. Low Test Weight Over the last few weeks, we have been working to address the low-test weight issues producers are facing across our state. At the end of November, the NDCGA Executive Committee sent a letter to Risk Management Agency (RMA) Administrator Martin Barbre addressing concerns about the amount of low-test weight corn in North Dakota. Many elevators and some ethanol plants are refusing to take corn below a certain test weight. While we are still waiting on a response from RMA, there are options for low test weight corn. If an ethanol plant is willing to purchase it, you could haul your corn to an ethanol plant. If not, the next best option would be to let your corn stand in the field to dry out until next spring. We realize that this runs into issues with crop insurance coverage, but we addressed that issue in our letter to RMA. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) By the time this is published, the public comment period for the proposed RFS rule has passed. Thank you to all of you who commented on the proposed rule. NDCGA submitted comments at the end of November. In the

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proposed rule, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin to account for waivers in order to keep the RFS whole, but the EPA proposed to use a three-year average of how much the Department of Energy (DOE) recommended, rather than the threeyear average of what the EPA actually waived. The EPA has consistently waived almost double the gallons the DOE has recommended. It is unlikely the EPA would begin to follow the DOE now. Due to the small refinery waivers (SRE) over the last three years, 4 billion gallons of ethanol have been lost; ethanol production has fallen by 229 million bushels. We hope there will be a positive final rulemaking. NDCGA will monitor and analyze the final rule, and apprise you of the EPA’s decision. Crop Insurance With the challenging harvest, crop insurance has become a big concern. The final harvest date for corn is December 10. If you need an extension on the harvest date, we strongly encourage you to talk with your insurance provider. They may be able to provide an extension on a case by case basis. If you have decided to leave your corn in the field to mature over the winter, having coverage on your corn until it is harvested is crucial. We encourage you to speak with your insurance provider, as they are able to work with you and may be able to provide some flexibility. In the letter sent to RMA, we expressed the importance of having insurance coverage on corn until it is harvested, and the extension of the harvest date due to the unusual and extreme weather conditions North Dakota has experienced. Each individual situation is different, and we always encourage you to reach out and work with your insurance provider. If you need assistance or have any questions, comments or concerns, please reach out to the North Dakota Corn office. Wishing you a happy holiday season with your family.


TRADE TEAM IMPORTANCE Terry Wehlander Chairman North Dakota Corn Utilization Council

As harvest proceeds across the state, we are being met with continued challenges. Saturated fields, snow in early October, propane shortages statewide, and low commodity prices to name a few. Yet, as farmers we know that future years will be more positive, and we cannot forget that the fruits of our labor require a destination beyond the bin. As you may know, a key focus for the Corn Council is to promote the use of corn. We do this is in a variety of ways, including through our work with partner organizations to develop markets for corn overseas. Midwestern corn farmers, with their ever increasing yields, are dependent on the growth of ethanol production as a market for their crop. The U.S. produces about 58 percent of the world’s ethanol, according to the Renewable Fuels Association, so selling to other countries is one way to support the expansion of the ethanol market. In early October, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) engaged 350 participant leaders about the benefits of creating or expanding ethanol policies with a role for trade at their Global Ethanol Summit in Washington, DC. Over the course of two days, this Global Ethanol Summit provided a leading opportunity to hear from thought leaders on the future of global ethanol use and to build relationships and partnerships with industry leaders. A featured component of providing additional perspective and building on the Summit’s momentum;


the U.S. Grains Council sent participating leaders to states around the country to get an in-depth look at the ethanol production and procurement process. The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council welcomed a team from Southeast Asia comprised of 20 individuals from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam for a Global Ethanol Summit post-tour. We were especially pleased to host these individuals for a two-day comprehensive look into North Dakota corn and ethanol production. Southeast Asia is especially poised to play a key role in the expansion of the ethanol market and provides a unique opportunity for sales of U.S. corn and corn ethanol. In less than a decade, Vietnam itself has grown to a top-three corn importer. The country is a significant importer of U.S. corn and dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) and a nationwide blend mandate is creating additional demand for ethanol. These factors combine to make Vietnam and Southeast Asia a focus of the U.S. Grains Council’s work to capture increasing demand for feed grains and ethanol export volumes for the United States. It is our hope not to damage their domestic production, rather to augment it in order to help them meet their blend mandate and create a more affordable fuel supply for consumers. For industry leaders worldwide, trade missions play a key role in establishing the critical face-to-face relationships and partnerships necessary to move product. Tours like this provide an opportunity for thought leaders to meet the North Dakota farmers who are growing the corn, visit the plants who are producing the ethanol, and discuss logistics of procurement and consumer marketing with experts in their field. The U.S. Grains Council’s work to build these relationships is showing direct benefit to our farmers through increasing demand for our products abroad. Be sure to visit page 6 to read more about this opportunity – I am very proud of this group effort to sell North Dakota Ethanol to this part of the world! Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!

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ALL-CORN PLASTIC RESIN FOR TRADITIONAL MOLDING AND 3D PRINTING By Long Jiang and Yanlin Chen; NDSU Mechanical Engineering Department Corn price has been low for the last several years, thus it is very important to develop high-value, large-scale new uses for the crop to increase its market demands. Starch and zein, the two major components of corn, only have a niche market in the current plastic resin industry. The main reasons that prevent them from being a mainstream resin are the low mechanical strength and low water resistance of the starch and zein based resins. As a result, they can only be blended with other traditional resins as a minor component in the blends, which greatly limits their use. Therefore, a new resin system consisting primarily of corn starch and zein is urgently needed to increase the demand of the crop. The objective of this research is to develop an all-corn plastic resin that is readily adoptable in the plastic molding industry without requiring equipment/process changes. The hypothesis of this project is that the starch and zein from corn have complementary processing/ physical properties and blending them under suitable conditions will produce a plastic resin with good mechanical properties and water resistance. The resin can be used for general purpose traditional plastic molding as well as 3D printing.

Graduate student, Chen, mixes raw material for corn plastic resin.

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Using an internal mixer operating at 140° C, we blended zein, starch, and a plasticizer to produce an all-corn plastic resin. Similar to traditional plastic resin, the new corn-based resin can be molded into plastic products with different shapes via compression molding (sheets were produced in this project as a demonstration, see figures below). More importantly, we found that the incorporation of a small amount of lignin particles into the resin could significantly increase the mechanical properties of the product, potentially expanding the application scope of the new resin. Lignin is a waste product produced in abundance from the paper pulping industry. Its innovative use in this project not only improved the performance of the new resin, but also found a new potential application for this waste material. In the next phase of this project, the new resin will be tested for extrusion and injection molding processes. Further tailoring of the formulation will be conducted based on the results. 3D printing of the resin will also be tested on a specially modified 3D printer. Further resin strength and water resistance improvements will be investigated through crosslinking and use of alternative plasticizers.

Chen tests strength of an all-corn plastic resin.


ETHANOL SUMMIT POST-TOUR HIGHLIGHTS NORTH DAKOTA CORN ETHANOL Twenty Southeast Asian high-level officials visited North Dakota in October for a comprehensive tour of the North Dakota ethanol industry. The group followed the ethanol chain from field to pump in an effort to explore ways U.S. ethanol could meet biofuel goals in their home countries.

agriculture and the process of ethanol production before heading to the Randy Melvin Family Farm near Buffalo, ND to get a first-hand look at corn production. The team was surprised by the size of the farming equipment and the number of acres farmed by the Melvins. The day came to a close with a visit to the Midwest Ag Energy – Dakota Spirit Ethanol Plant in Spiritwood, ND, where the trade team participants were walked through the process of ethanol production.

The SE Asian team consisted of representatives from Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. They traveled to North Dakota from Washington D.C., where they "Trade Missions are critical attended the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Global Ethanol Summit. to establishing relationships This event drew more than 400 and laying the foundation attendees from 60 countries and promoted the environmental, for future trade." human health and economic benefits of corn ethanol. -Dr. David Ripplinger, NDSU Extension The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) worked closely with USGC to organize the in-depth look at the ethanol industry in North Dakota. The group began in Fargo at the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council office to talk about North Dakota

SE Asia Trade Team standing outside the ND Corn Office in Fargo.


Day two brought the group to the Northern Crops Institute on the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Campus. Dr. David Ripplinger, NDSU Extension, presented the team with a short course on ethanol procurement and Phil Coffin, Midwest AgEnergy Group Vice President, discussed logistics of ethanol transportation. Following, the team visited the Magellan Terminal in Fargo to see wholesale fuel at the rack, and finished the day with a visit to the Petro Serve USA headquarters where CEO Kent Satrang talked about the wholesale price of fuel, taxes imposed and profit margin. He accompanied the team to Petro Serve’s 45th

The group poses for a photo at the Melvin Farm.

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Spiritwood Ethanol Plant Manager, Derek Marquart, discusses the ethanol production process.

Members from the trade team touring the Spiritwood Ethanol Plant.

Street fuel retail store in Fargo to discuss blender pumps and fuel marketing to consumers.

growth. Total gasoline consumption is expected to grow by nearly 15 percent by 2020. Vietnam began offering E5 on January 1, 2019 and hopes to move to E10 by 2020. At an E10 blend rate, Vietnam has the potential to represent a 225-million-gallon ethanol market. This is equal to roughly 80 million bushels of corn.

This tour presented an excellent opportunity to promote North Dakota corn and North Dakota produced ethanol as Southeast Asian countries turn to corn ethanol to make fuel more affordable to their consumers. “Trade missions are critical to establishing relationships and laying the foundation for future trade,” said Dr. Ripplinger. “They provide a human connection and provide confidence in buying from U.S. suppliers. Investments in export market development like those made by North Dakota are critical to establishing trade relationships that buyers and sellers can benefit from for years.”

“Southeast Asia is rapidly developing with the region's expanding middle class buying more gasoline each year. Blending that gasoline with U.S. corn-ethanol to

Jean Henning, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council Executive Director, felt the group found value in the visit. “The team asked great questions throughout the tour. They were highly engaged, and many told me that this trip was extremely valuable to them.” The SE Asia region’s demand for better quality proteins is growing. Of the twenty high-level officials on the team, fifteen were from Vietnam. Vietnam presents a unique opportunity for U.S. ethanol as it is the fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia, thanks to increasing population, urbanization and rapid economic

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Kent Satrang from PetroServe USA explains the blender pump system at the 45th street retail station in Fargo. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8



achieve needed octane levels is a win/win opportunity for Southeast Asian consumers and US corn farmers,” says Dr. Ripplinger. “The overall theme of this trade mission was “Why U.S. Ethanol”, says Henning. “The average price for a gallon of gas in Vietnam is $8.50 per gallon. It is our hope that we can augment domestic production in this part of the world to help them meet their blend mandates. Our message for these folks was that corn ethanol is the pathway to make fuel more affordable for their consumers.” The USGC has a history of successful demandbuilding programs throughout this region. On-theground engagement in this region provides crucial understanding of both the opportunities and challenges in Southeast Asia and the differences of each market. The U.S. Grains Council believes the growth potential world-wide is particularly strong in the ethanol market.

More than 70 countries have renewable-fuel programs, creating a plethora of opportunities. The world is looking for octane, and U.S. ethanol is a low-carbon solution that can compete globally. The United States exported a record 1.62 billion gallons of ethanol to 74 countries in the past marketing year and is pursuing opportunities to more than double that amount going forward. The U.S. Grains Council, which is responsible for developing foreign markets, has set a goal of 4 billion exported gallons going forward. Exports of U.S. grains and co-products also set a record this past market year. North Dakota corn checkoff dollars have played a major role in establishing and expanding export markets. The North Dakota Corn Council is among more than 160 commodity associations and agribusinesses that make up the Grains Council membership.

The SE Asia Trade Team listened to a presentation from Tam Maddock, program manager, Northern Crops Institute.


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PINK AT THE PUMP® CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS By Deana Wiese, ND Ethanol Council Executive Director North Dakota retailers were pretty in pink this October. Sixteen Unleaded88 fuel retailers across the state participated in the second annual Pink at the Pump® campaign co-sponsored by the ND Ethanol Council and ND Corn Utilization Council. The purpose of the annual campaign was to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, while increasing consumer awareness about Unleaded88, a higher-octane fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. Participating retailers donated three cents of every gallon of Unleaded88 sold from Oct. 1-31 to North Dakota Women’s Way. By choosing Unleaded88, drivers across North Dakota helped raise $1,600 for breast cancer awareness. “Ethanol replaces harmful carcinogenic aromatics found in gasoline and burns cleaner and cooler in engines, which not only helps the vehicle’s performance, but provides cleaner air quality for everyone,” says Jeff Zueger, ND Ethanol Council chairman and Midwest AgEnergy Group CEO. “We were excited to partner with the ND Corn Utilization Council and ND Women’s Way to provide breast cancer awareness and reduce cancer-causing pollutants in our environment.” ND Women’s Way was humbled by the contribution. “We are grateful to be the recipient of Pink at the Pump® promotion,” says Susan Mormann, ND Women’s Way director. “The funds will be used to extend our reach to women across North Dakota.” ND Women’s Way provides a way to pay for most breast and cervical cancer treatment services for eligible North Dakota women and promotes early detection of breast and cervical cancer through provision of screening services to eligible women.

In addition to raising funds, the campaign was successful in putting more than 54,000 gallons of Unleaded88 in the gas tanks of North Dakota consumers. This was a 62 percent increase year over year at participating retailers compared to 27,540 gallons sold during the 2018 campaign. “Petro Serve USA stations across the state welcomed the opportunity to be part of this campaign for North Dakota,” says Kent Satrang, Petro Serve USA CEO. “We are honored to be contributing to Women’s Way knowing the great work it is doing on early detection of breast cancer. The increase in sales also indicate that consumers want Unleaded88.” “North Dakota’s corn farmers are proud to be a partner in this effort,” says Terry Wehlander, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council chairman. “Ethanol is the world’s cleanest source of fuel octane. By choosing Unleaded88 during October, consumers fought breast cancer at the pump while supporting North Dakota’s corn farmers.”

Woman fills up a Sanford Health truck with Unleaded 88 during the Pink at the Pump® promotion.

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MANY FACTORS INFLUENCE CORN TEST WEIGHT Dr. Ken Hellevang Extension Engineer North Dakota State University

Poor growing and harvesting conditions this year have North Dakota producers concerned about the test weight of their corn. “Many factors influence the measured test weight of corn, including the physical characteristics of the kernel such as size, density, shape and surface of the kernel,” says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer. Hybrid differences can affect test weight. As grain dries in the field or the dryer, test weight naturally increases as long as kernel integrity remains intact. Test weight increases as grain dries partly because kernel volume tends to shrink with drying, so more kernels pack into a volume bushel, and partly because drier grain is slicker, which tends to encourage kernels to pack more tightly in a volume bushel.

drying” are primary factors. The test weight of corn with a high percentage of damaged kernels will increase less than corn that is hand shelled. Corn at higher moisture contents and cold temperatures likely will have more mechanical damage. Corn dried at lower temperatures in a dryer with mixing in the dryer column generally will have a higher test weight. Grain dried at temperatures in excess of 180 degrees generally will have less increase in test weight. “The length of time the corn is in the dryer also may impact the test weight, so corn dried from 27% to 15% moisture may have less test weight increase per point of moisture removed than corn dried from 20% to 15%,” Hellevang says. “Corn with typical harvest mechanical damage and dried gently might be expected to have a test weight increase of about 0.25 to 0.33 pound per point of moisture removed. However, corn may not have any increase in test weight under other conditions.” Other Influencing Factors Other factors influencing test weight include plant stresses caused by diseases, insects, soil fertility and environmental conditions. Drought stress tends

“Starch is heavier than moisture,” Hellevang notes. “As the moisture decreases, the kernels shrink, allowing more kernels with a higher weight to occupy a volume bushel or test weight container.” Test Weight Increases Variable How much the test weight increases as the corn is dried is variable. Factors such as hybrid, amount of mechanical damage during combining and “gentleness of


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to decrease the test weight because it affects the photosynthetic process. Anything that impacts the movement of nutrients to the kernel during grain fill or degrades the integrity of the kernel can affect test weight. The planting date also can affect test weight. Early planting helps hybrid maturity and leads to higher test weight. Studies have shown that earlier-planted corn had 1 to 1.5 pounds higher test weight per bushel than corn from the same hybrids but with later plantings. Heat and drought stress tend to decrease test weight because they affect the photosynthetic process and reduce kernel weight. Below-normal temperatures during final kernel filling impacts the photosynthetic process, resulting in less than optimum starch deposition in the kernels. Higher temperatures after physiologic maturity or black layer tend to increase the test weight if kernels are mature.

ears before deciding to leave the corn. Accumulated winter snow adds water to the soil as it melts. Plus, standing corn shades the ground, which reduces drying and may lead to wet fields in the spring, so consider harvesting the corn before the ground thaws. • Leaving the corn unharvested may not be cost effective. Estimate propane drying costs per point of moisture removed per bushel by multiplying the propane cost per gallon by 0.02. For propane at $1.50 per gallon, the propane cost would be $0.03 per bushel per point of moisture removed. If corn is dried 10 percentage points, that is a cost of $0.30 per bushel. If the corn price is $3 per bushel, the $0.30 drying energy cost is equivalent to a 10% ($0.30/bushel / $3 = 0.10 = 10%) field loss during the winter. • The ability to plant on time in the spring could be affected by leaving corn standing.

Do a search for NDSU grain drying and storage for more information. Leaving Corn Standing Some producers are thinking about leaving their corn unharvested for the winter. Here are some factors Hellevang says they need to consider: • Field drying is extremely slow during winter months and corn will dry only to about 20% moisture content, based on the equilibrium moisture content for the average monthly air temperature and relative humidity conditions in North Dakota. Corn that remains in the field during the winter may dry from 25% to 30% moisture in November and to 17% to 20% when harvested in February and early March. • Corn losses will depend on stalk strength, ear shank attachment to the stalk, winter conditions and wildlife. Go in the field and check the corn by pushing on the stalks and pulling on the

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NDSU SOIL HEALTH CAFÉ TALKS- BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER! By Dr. Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension In 2020, we are taking a new approach to the Soil Health Café Talk program. It will be the same discussionbased meeting to encourage idea sharing amongst farmers, consultants, Extension, researchers and industry, but it will reach more locations with more events. We’re making this happen by hosting several of the Café Talks through the Carrington and Langdon Research Extension Centers and the county Extension agents. The individuals listed with each date/location are the NDSU folks who will be there. Check for any changes that may inevitably happen due to scheduling or weather on the NDSU soil health webpage ( We look forward to sharing ideas this coming year! January 14, 11:30 – 1:30, Drayton, ND Hastings Landing Restaurant, 104 ND-66 Abbey Wick (soil health), Joe Ikley (weed science), Kari Helgoe (Extension agent) January 15, 11:30 – 1:30, Wahpeton, ND City Brew Hall, 120 4th St. N Luke Ressler (soil health), Aaron Daigh (soil water, air movement), Chandra Langseth (Extension agent) January 15, 11:30 – 1:30, Devils Lake, ND White House Café, located in Holiday Mall, 425 College Dr S, Ste 9 Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Kevin Sedivec (grazing), Lindy Berg, Bill Hodous (Extension agents) January 16, 11:30 – 1:30, Hope, ND Hope’s Hometown Café, 211 Steele Ave Abbey Wick (soil health), Angie Johnson (Extension agent) January 21, 11:30 – 1:30, Crystal, ND Roadside 66 Café, 501 5th St Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Miranda Meehan (livestock stewardship), Mary Keena (compost/manure management), Kari Helgoe (Extension agent)


January 22, 11:30 – 1:30, Rocklake, ND Rocklake Café, 35 Main St Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Kevin Sedivec (grazing), Miranda Meehan (livestock stewardship), Lindy Berg, Mark Miller (Extension agents) January 23, 11:30 – 1:30, Wishek, ND Big Screen Bar and Grill, 5th St N Greg Endres (agronomy), Dave Franzen (soil fertility), Crystal Schaunaman (Extension agent) January 28, 11:30 – 1:30, Michigan, ND Wagon Wheel Bar and Grill, 110 Broadway Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Kevin Sedivec (grazing), Katelyn Hain (Extension agent) January 28, 11:30 – 1:30, Oakes, ND Angry Beaver Lodge, 404 Main Ave Abbey Wick (soil health), Greg Endres (agronomy), Breana Kiser (Extension agent) January 29, 11:30 – 1:30, Casselton, ND Governors Inn, 2050 Governor’s Dr Luke Ressler (soil health), Aaron Daigh (soil water and temperature), Kyle Aasand (Extension agent) January 30, 11:30 – 1:30, Walhalla, ND Waters Family Restaurant, 108 Central Ave Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Lesley Lubenow (agronomy), Kevin Sedivec (grazing), Kari Helgoe (Extension agent) February 3, 11:30 – 1:30, Jamestown, ND Pizza Ranch, 805 20th St SW Abbey Wick (soil health), Greg Endres (agronomy), Alicia Harstad (Extension agent) February 6, 11:30 – 1:30, Park River, ND Alexander House, 903 Park Street West Abbey Wick, Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Brad Brummond (Extension agent)

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February 11, 11:30 – 1:30, Drayton, ND Hastings Landing Restaurant, 104 ND-66 Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Tom Peters (weed science, sugar beets), Kari Helgoe (Extension agent)

March 5, 11:30 – 1:30, New Rockford, ND New Rockford Golf Course, 6791 20th St NE Mary Keena (compost/manure), Mike Ostlie (agronomy), Kevin Sedivec (grazing)

February 12, 11:30 – 1:30, Langdon, ND NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center, 107th Ave NE Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Joe Ikley (weed science), Lesley Lubenow (cropping specialist), Brian Jenks and Venkata Chapara (plant pathology), Anitha Chirumamilla (Extension agent)

March 18, 11:30 – 1:30, Velva, ND Star City Golf Course, 4525 ND-41 Mary Keena (compost/manure), Mike Ostlie (agronomy), Kevin Sedivec (grazing), Rachel Wald (Extension agent)

February 13, 11:30 – 1:30, Cooperstown, ND Coachman, 504 9th St SE Luke Ressler (soil health), Gerald Stokka (Extension Vet, Livestock Stewardship) February 18, 11:30 – 1:30, New Rockford, ND New Rockford Golf Course, 6791 20th St NE Greg Endres (agronomy), Dave Franzen (soil fertility), Abbey Wick (soil health)

March 19, 11:30 – 1:30, Maddock, ND Harriman’s Restaurant, 114 Central Ave Naeem Kalwar (soil health), Greg Endres (agronomy), Scott Knoke (Extension agent) March 24, 11:30 – 1:30, Velva, ND Star City Golf Course, 4525 ND-41 Greg Endres (agronomy), Chris Augustin (soil health), Rachel Wald (Extension agent)

March 4, 11:30 – 1:30, Wishek, ND Big Screen Bar and Grill, 5th St N Mary Keena (compost/manure), Mike Ostlie (agronomy), Kevin Sedivec (grazing), Marisol Berti (cover crops), Crystal Schaunaman (Extension agent)

Photo by Abbey Wick

Attendees enjoyed lunch and conversation during a Café Talk in Park River.

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2019: THE BATTLE OF MOTHER NATURE VS. SCIENCE By: Mike Larson, Sales Manager/Corn Whisperer at Peterson Farms Seed I often pinch myself that I get to live, eat and dream corn every single day for a living—what could be better, right? But this past season wasn’t without its nightmares: a late, cold, wet spring put us all behind. Then we got rain that we didn’t need and the standing water caused stunted corn stands creating denitrification worries. Then we prayed for heat and a dry fall to finish the corn, stack on the test weight and make yield goals. What did we get? An early October blizzard followed by more moisture. Why recap the things we already know? Because it’s important to recognize how far genetics have taken us. Mother Nature came at us with a fury this year and though the crops may not finish like they have in previous years, genetics gave us a fighting chance. It’s a good reminder to choose hybrids with strong genetics, carefully selected to perform for your field conditions. I liken a strong corn line-up to a football team. A team that is built to last and succeed over time requires strong scouting, constant coaching, and a deep bench. That’s how we approach developing our corn line-up at Peterson Farms Seed.

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The tough year was a good opportunity to see potential hybrids as stressed as they could possibly be. As farmers there are a lot of variables out of our control. We can’t control the weather. We can’t predict the spring or the heat of summer or how much moisture we’ll have to deal with next year. But we do have science. And the science is strong. My advice to corn farmers feeling unsure after this year is to choose quality. Learn how a hybrid is evaluated and the genetics behind it. Be sure you’re matching the right hybrid to your field—and giving your crop a fighting chance if Mother Nature is feeling cranky again next year. And feel free to call me if you’d like to talk corn (or Bison football)!

We are constantly scouting for new recruits by operating the largest replicated research program in the region. To give you a sense of its scale, our research team planted 7,500 corn plots in 28 locations throughout ND, MN and SD just this year-- and they were all in by May 15th. The plots provide invaluable data and by repeating those tests over and over across so many locations we’re able to observe how potential hybrids perform in a variety of soils and conditions. Throughout the summer the team walks, scores and evaluates these potential recruits to see which hybrids: 1. Establish a stand in the spring 2. Handle our rugged environment during the growing season 3. Handle the different soil types across North Dakota


Mike Larson and Dennis Schultze walking the research plots this fall. Research happens rain, shine or mud! North Dakota Corn Growers Association |

COUNCIL MEMBER SPOTLIGHT - BILL WAGNER, DISTRICT 3 North Dakota is divided into seven districts. These districts elect a member to serve producers on the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC). William Bill Wagner with his wife, Kaysie and Wagner of their son, Logan. Neche, ND represents those producers in District 3. District 3 is comprised of Williams, Divide, Burke, Mountrail, Ward, Renville, Bottineau, McHenry, Rolette, Pierce, Benson, Towner, Cavalier, Ramsey, Pembina, Walsh, Nelson and Grand Forks Counties. William is a third-generation farmer living in Pembina County. After graduating from Neche High School and Northwest Technical college with a degree in farm business management, he returned to farm with his father. William currently farms 2,000 acres with his wife, Kaysie, and his father where they grow corn, soybeans, seed oats, wheat, canola, and pinto beans. They have been working with no-till farming practices on land that is prone to spring flooding for nearly fifteen years, and made the decision to fully transition into no-till in the spring of 2017 after a very wet fall the previous year. William and Kaysie have been married since 2007. “She is an important part in our farming operation. If she isn’t helping me by being in the seeder tractor, the combine, a truck or headed to town for parts, she’s in the garden getting produce ready to sell, or in the kitchen baking or canning,” says William. “My wife, my mother, and I are also a vendor at the local farmer’s market throughout the summer and fall.” Kaysie also homeschools their nine-year-old son, Logan.

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Logan is starting to help out around the farm more. He enjoys mowing lawn, helping at the farmer’s market, and playing with his dog, Sadie. He is in 4-H and enjoys playing baseball in the summer. He loves to sing and can’t wait to learn how to play drums. “I am looking forward to watching him cultivate more of an interest in the farm as he gets older and can become more involved in the day-to-day operation,” William shares. The Wagners have four generations still residing on the farm today, in the same yard. “I would not be the person I am today without my parent’s and grandparent’s support,” says William. “I decided to run for a seat on the NDCUC because I thought it would be an interesting and eye-opening experience, and it has. I like having the ability to be involved in helping to bring additional markets and opportunities to North Dakota. Increasing value and revenue for our corn industry, supporting our corn farmers in the state, and educating our consumers on exciting uses for corn, such as ethanol, are all very important to me,” shared William. “I am thankful for the work the NDCUC does, and I am happy to have the opportunity to be able to be a part of the positive impact it has on our state.” In addition to serving corn farmers in District 3 as a member of the NDCUC, William sits on his local township board, the North Star Co-op Board of Directors, and the Pembina County Crop Improvement Board. In his spare time, William enjoys snowmobiling, hunting, and remodeling the home he inherited from his grandparents. He also enjoys spending time with his family. NDCUC was created in 1991 and consists of seven members representing seven districts. NDCUC board members can serve 2 consecutive 4-year terms. The NDCUC oversees how North Dakota’s corn checkoff dollars are spent on research, education and promotion of corn and corn products.


FACTORS AFFECTING TEST WEIGHT IN CORN Adam Aarestad Agronomist - ND/Red River Valley Golden Harvest

Greetings from Golden Harvest! We experienced a challenging crop season in 2019. With the challenging crop year, many growers observed some abnormal deviations in corn test weight. There are likely several variables which affected test weight in corn, and the concept around test weight is often misunderstood. Test Weight Facts: 1. Test weight is a bulk density measurement of pounds of grain per volumetric bushel (length x width x height) – an official bushel measures 1.244 cubic feet. Usually, test weight is measured as the weight of grain that fills a quart container and there are 32 quarts in a bushel. This weight is then converted to pounds per volumetric bushel. 2. Grain is marketed by weight – the USDA yellow corn No. 1 has 56lbs. at 15.5% moisture (1 bushel). 3. Affected by how corn kernels pack into a container which is influenced by shape. 4. There is little evidence that supports the relationship between grain test weight and grain yield – test weight is pounds of grain per volumetric bushel whereas yield is pounds of grain per acre. Hybrids vary in test weight, but overall income is made on pounds of grain per acre.

the grain filling period of some fields due to a reduction in photosynthesis. Foliar diseases were prevalent in many regions this year, overtaking the plants’ green leaf tissue causing plant stress and reducing photosynthesis, resulting in fewer carbohydrates produced for the kernels and thus, lower grain test weight. • Premature plant death: o Frost: Late planting generally means later maturing corn that can be at higher risk of premature death due to frost. Plant death prior to physiological maturity (black layer) results in incomplete kernel fill, reduced starch packing and lighter kernels. In many areas, there was a killing frost in early-mid October in 2019. o Disease: Ear rots are common across the growing areas, damaging kernels, creating chaffy grain that is low in test weight and grain quality. • Harvesting High Moisture Corn: Corn is being harvested at higher grain moisture levels than usual. Corn test weight and grain moisture are inversely related. As grain dries, test weight naturally increases because 1) kernel dry matter weighs more than water, and 2) kernels tend to shrink with drying, meaning more kernels can pack into a volume. Lower test weights can be anticipated at harvest during years when corn maturity is challenged. Test weight is not a permanent condition, and corn hybrids will vary in test weight each year based on the differences in growing seasons. Lower test weight can be seen as a result of a variable growing season.

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FOOD BLOGGER SARAH NASELLO ENGAGES WITH CONSUMERS THROUGH COMMONGROUND CGND is looking to Nasello to help bring trust and engaging conversations to the table. Her candor has allowed consumers to be free of fear when asking questions about food. In her most recent blog post, “Have You Ever Experienced Food Shame", Nasello connects with consumers by explaining why she had started pursuing relationships with farmers and ranchers six years ago. She says, “I could have given an easy answer, like curiosity or a desire to further my food knowledge. But the truth is even simpler: NEED.” Nasello gets right down to the nitty gritty and explains that she also, at one time, believed the media hype that feeding her family “clean” food meant that she had to purchase foods that were organic, grass-fed and non-GMO. Sarah Nasella with her husband, Tony and their son, Gio. Since the beginning of October, CommonGround North Dakota (CGND) has been collaborating with Sarah Nasello, a local food writer and recipe developer, to share her North Dakota agriculture inspired stories and recipes. Nasello’s CGND blog is geared towards consumers to help dispel myths about both farming and ranching. This local “foodie” is bridging the gap between consumers, farmers and ranchers. “I’m so excited to have this opportunity to help build relationships and conversations between the people within agriculture – our farmers and ranchers – and the ordinary consumer, a.k.a., the rest of us,” she says. Nasello’s friendly perspective, thoughtful wordplay and delicious recipes has begun to encourage consumers to have conversations about food and farming. Her ability to write interactive and engaging copy has also allowed a comfortable lead-in for consumers to ask any question with regards to food, modern farming and ranching. In her introductory blog, “I’m Sarah, and I’m a fifth-generation North Dakotan”, Nasello explains her journey to seek answers to her own questions about agriculture and encourages consumers to do the same.

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“There is nothing quite like financial hardship to put things into perspective. Following the Great Recession and three years of having our little restaurant surrounded by floodwaters, my family’s food budget no longer had any room for foods with fancy or fear-based labels,” Nasello says. This revelation, along with pure need, allowed her to look past these biased labels, seek out help and build relationships with farmers and ranchers and then to spread the word to others. She, like many consumers, just want to get answers from the best and most trusted source: farmers and ranchers. Through her writing and recipes, Nasello enjoys facilitating these types of agricultural myth-busting conversations with consumers. She is thrilled to get consumers to take the leap and ask those hard questions of farmers and ranchers knowing they will finally receive factual answers. She wants to remove any fear consumers may have about food and its production one blog post at a time. To learn more about CommonGround North Dakota and to follow Nasello’s blog, go to www.commongroundnd. com/blog/. To engage in conversations with CGND online, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.




The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) is seeking businesses to advertise in our 2020 magazine. The CornTalk magazine is produced quarterly and full of information that corn growers want and need. This cost-free magazine is sent to over 13,000 readers and is also available online.

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) will offer (10) $1,000 scholarship to senior high school graduates and undergraduate college students that are members of NDCGA. Applicants can register to be a member at

Three advertising packages are available: Executive ($3,000), Principal ($2,000) and Core ($1,500) levels. All packages include recognition in each issue of your choice. Those advertising in the magazine will also receive each issue by mail. Full benefits of each package can be found at sponsors. Businesses interested in advertising in CornTalk can contact Elli at Or visit our website for more information. Do not miss your opportunity to appear in the North Dakota Corn Growers Association's magazine!

NDCGA SEEKING PHOTO ENTRIES The deadline for the 2020 ND Corn Photo Contest is fast approaching! Although not required, we request photos be taken by camera with a high resolution, rather than cell phones. Rules: • Photographs must be taken in North Dakota. • Photos must depict the corn industry. • Photographs must be taken by an amateur. Photographs must be emailed to by January 6, 2020. Please include your full name and phone number so that we may contact you if you’re chosen as a winner.

NDCGA board members will choose up to 10 applicants as a scholarship recipient. Typically, one winner from each of the seven grower districts plus three overall winners from all applications will be chosen. Applicants can only receive the scholarship once. Scholarships will be rated on the following: • Academic transcript • Resume • Activity participation • Career plans • Letters of Recommendation • NDCGA membership Scholarship applications are available on our website. Applications must be postmarked by January 3, 2020, to the ND Corn Growers office. Good luck to all applicants!


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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NORTH DAKOTA LIVESTOCK ALLIANCE'S SECOND ANNUAL LIVESTOCK SUMMIT January 14, 2020 The North Dakota Livestock Alliance invites you to their second annual Livestock Summit. This diverse and funfilled event will take place on January 14, 2020 at the beautiful Black Leg Ranch. Black Leg Ranch is not only an elegant venue commonly used for weddings, it is a hunting lodge, microbrewery and functioning beef and bison ranch. The venue is located a total of 25 miles southeast of Bismarck, only 13 miles south of I94 from the McKenzie Exit #176. This event is free to attend, but NDLA asks that attendees please pre-register via their website: Updated event details and sponsorship opportunities are also on the website. Registration will continue to be available on the day of the Summit beginning at 8:30a.m. The event will kick-off at 9:00am with greetings from our Summit Emcee, Al Gustin, Morton County rancher and retired radio host. The first session will be a panel focused on a topic near and dear to the hearts of all farmers and ranchers … finding a reliable workforce. The panelists will be a combination of livestock producers, worker visa recipients and farm labor resource agencies. Next will be a Live-Virtual Pig Farm Tour of the new South Dakota State University (SDSU) pig farm. Dr. Bob Thaler, SDSU Extension Swine Specialist, will join the Summit in-person while a graduate student walks through the barn via a live-virtual feed. Content will focus on modern swine housing and production methods, as well as, the advantages and challenges experienced during South Dakota’s phenomenal livestock industry growth. This session will be especially


meaningful for North Dakota rural leaders who are seeking more information on animal agriculture practices and growth potential. Then, Karl Hoppe, Livestock Extension Specialist with NDSU Extension, will take the stage to present on the value of North Dakota’s diverse feed resources and how to utilize them. After Dr. Hoppe, the attendees will hear from each of the Summit sponsors in the Sponsor Round Robin. Next is a delicious lunch guaranteed to fuel attendees for the rest of the day.

Following lunch will be the tour, weather permitting, of the Summit host’s Black Leg Ranch beef and bison operation. How did they expand their operations to include bison? What unique marketing and economic advantages did diversifying bring? This tour will be a great opportunity to see how this 5th generation ranch has continued to grow. After warming-up with coffee and snacks back at the Copper Jewel Barn, sessions will begin with

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a panel discussion titled ‘Livestock Development and Our Communities’. This is another part of the program that is especially designed for ND rural community leaders, including County and Township board members. The panel will consist of rural leadership officers and staff, as well as, economic development professionals. In this open and respectful conversation, Summit attendees will learn the questions these valued rural community members have about North Dakota livestock production and development, including its value and impacts on their communities. Now the work is done, and the laughter begins with Comedian, John DeBoer! He has performed his, appropriate for all audiences, act in many venues including Comedy Central, Sirius XM Radio, corporate events and even three federal penitentiaries. He may be the ‘funniest comedian you have never heard of’! A social with heavy appetizers and Black Leg Ranch microbrews will be held at 5:00pm, immediately following DeBoer’s performance. To view sponsorship information, RSVP and to view updated event information please visit our website, stay tuned on our Facebook and Twitter pages (@livestockNd). A block of rooms for January 13th is available at the Bismarck Holiday Inn, 3903 State Street, 701-751-8240.

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24750 62nd Ave SE, McKenzie, ND Social immediately following Join us for engaging discussions on ND livestock hot topics and livestock operation tours. ND rural leaders are also urged to attend to hear what developing livestock can do for your communities. The event will conclude with big laughs from Midwest comedian John DeBoer. For more information and to RSVP go to; or call 701-712-1488 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter Livestock Alliance @livestockND North Dakota

The mission of the North Dakota Livestock Alliance (NDLA) is to support, enhance and promote animal agriculture in North Dakota.



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NDCUC FUNDS RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR 2021 FISCAL YEAR The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council (NDCUC) members approved funding for 25 research projects in the 2021 fiscal year at their annual Research Summit on December 3, 2019. These projects will be completed by researchers from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and the University of North Dakota (UND). The projects approved for funding are: AGROMONY • Jump Starting Mycorrhizal Colonization in Corn Following Non-Host Crop, Mike Ostlie – NDSU • Evaluation of the 60-inch Row Strategy in North Dakota Corn, Mike Ostlie – NDSU • Comparing Corn Yield Response to Side-Dressing N at VT Versus Conventional Practices, Jasper Teboh – NDSU • Assess the New Recalibration of K Requirements for Corn to Improve K Fertilization Decisions, Jasper Teboh – NDSU • Improving Abiotic Stress Resilience and Nitrogen Utilization Efficiency in Corn, Kalidas Shetty – NDSU • Corn Response to Sulfur Application Rates, Amitava Chatterjee – NDSU • Fertilizer Nitrogen Use Efficiency of Corn, Amitava Chatterjee – NDSU • Identify Resistance and Parasitism Genes Associated with Infection of Corn Roots by Root-Lesion Nematode, Guiping Yan – NDSU • Using UASs for Site Specific Weed Management in Corn, Paulo Flores – NDSU • Drone-Based Technology for Early Detection of Palmer Amaranth in Corn Fields, Ravi Yellavajjala NDSU VALUE-ADDED • Strategies to Increase the Physical Stability of Corn Oil Oleo-gel and the Oxidative Stability of Cookies, Bingcan Chen – NDSU • Production and Characterization of Expoxidized Sucrose and Maltose Ester of Corn Oil, Ewumbua Monomo – NDSU • Self-Healing and Recyclable Polymeric Material from Corn Sugars, Guodong Du – NDSU

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• North Dakota Corn Production for Application Specific Opportunities Benefitting Corn Community: Sustainability Analysis of Bio-Based Alternatives for Packaging, Ghasideh Pourhashem – NDSU • Corn-Based Bioethanol for High-Efficiency Electricity Generation in Ground Vehicles and Hybrids, Xingfa Wu – NDSU • The Production of 1, 4-Pentadiol from Corn Stover Derived Levulinic Acid, Wayne Seames – UND • Conversion of Corn Stover-Derived Lignin, Wayne Seames – UND • An Economical Corn-Based Corrosion Inhibitor, Ravi Yellavajjala – NDSU • Biochemical Synthesis of Corn-Based Biomaterials for Making Edible Bale Net, Ademola • Hammed – NDSU • Plastic Films from Corn Derivatives for Food Packaging, Adriy Voronov – NDSU LIVESTOCK • Impacts of Roughage Source on Feedlot Performance, Ruminal pH, Ruminal Fermentation in Steers Fed 30% mDGS in Combination with Dryrolled Corn, Bryan Neville – NDSU • Impacts of Feeding Corn-Based Supplement on Beef Heifers and Their Offspring, Carl R. Dahlen - NDSU PLANT PATHOLOGY • Monitoring for European Corn Borers and Corn Rootworms in Corn, Janet Knodel – NDSU • Effect of Plant Protection Products on Goss’s Wilt Severity and Protection of Yield, Andrew Friskop NDSU SOIL SCIENCE • Managing Salinity with Cover Crops: A Whole System Response (Year 4), Caley Gasch - NDSU The NDCUC awarded $821,000 to the projects listed above. We are proud to sponsor this research and bring advancement in production, soil health, livestock management and value-added projects to our checkoff paying producers.




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CHANGE IN FREE-LIVING N-FIXER ACTIVITY FOR REDUCTION OF CORN N RATE OVER TIME WITH NO-TILL TRANSITION By Dr. Dave Franzen, Dr. Caley Gasch and Dr. Abbey Wick, NDSU Soil Science Department The objectives of this study are: 1. Determine the rate of free-living N-fixation increase over a 4-year period. 2. Determine the spatial variability of free-living N-fixation within a 100-foot sampling radius. 3. Determine the temporal variability of free-living N-fixation within a growing season. Progress in achieving objectives Six locations were identified that are beginning or near beginning no-till fields. Two of the locations are on SHARE farms, and the other four are located near Jamestown, Lakota, New Rockford and Gardner, ND. Locations were sampled at the 0-2inch depth in late April, late May, late June, late July, late August and late September. The samples were shipped overnight to University of Florida laboratory and an incubation acetylene reduction procedure was conducted on all samples (analysis of late September sampling pending) to date. At the May sampling, samples were taken from a central point, and 10, 20, 50 and 100 feet away in 2 different directions from the center. These samples have also been analyzed. Preliminary results Spatial variability: The coefficient of variation for the sites ranged from about 15% to 125%. The results indicate that to estimate the asymbiotic N-fixing activity within a zone or grid, multiple samples should be obtained. Spatial analysis of the May sampling showed that there was weak spatial structure at Jamestown and Gardner, but the sample values of the other sites were random, with no

spatial structure. These results will have implications on sampling strategies when combined with data from future years. Temporal variability: The trend of asymbiotic N-fixing activity was for greater activity as the season progressed at all sites (figure 1). At the Gardner site, the activity dipped to very low levels during a period of persistent rainfall and saturated soil conditions, but then increased greatly at the late July sampling date. We have yet to receive the data from the August and September sampling from all sites. These results are contrary to what was expected. Mineralization organisms (organisms that contribute N to the system through decomposition of organic matter and residues) usually increase in activity from thaw until mid-May, then decrease activity as the summer proceeds. At most of our sites, the activity continued to increase each month.

Figure 1: Trend in asymbiotic N-fixing activity over time at New Rockford site.

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Energy Independence

North Dakota’s ethanol industry contributes more than $300 million annually to the state’s economy. The United States’ ethanol industry adds $42.4 billion to the Gross Domestic Product and contributes $29.9 billion to household income and $8 billion in tax revenue.

Overall, ethanol is considered to be better for the environment than gasoline. Ethanol use reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 30 to 50 percent compared to standard gasoline. Ethanol blends also reduce carbon monoxide emissions in vehicles by 10 to 30 percent, while improving fuel octane.

The ethanol used in the United States in 2011 displaced 485 million barrels of imported oil — more than the total 2011 crude oil imports from Saudi Arabia. This saved taxpayers $49.7 billion that would have been sent to foreign oil producers.

Find Ethanol in North Dakota Nine out of 10 cars on the road – any car model from 2001 or newer – can use E15 to keep their engines revving. E15 is a high-performance fuel, with a naturally high octane that burns cleaner and cooler than regular gasoline. Americans are already driving a million miles a day on E15 and reaping these benefits every day – join them and see for yourself. Find a station offering E15, or other ethanol blends using the map below, or visit to learn more!


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EXPO SPEAKERS WILL ADDRESS HOT-TOPICS IN FEBRUARY For corn farmers across the state, mounting challenges at home are turning attention inward. The 3rd Annual Northern Corn and Soybean Expo will seek to help farmers understand the resources and support they have on a state and national level as well. In addition to supporting research, education and promotion of the use of corn and corn products statewide, corn check-off dollars support a variety of global efforts to increase market demand and sustain research for farmers at home.

Farmers have faced difficult economics for several consecutive years. Henning says even during these times of challenging profitability, checkoff investments are crucial.

As a large commodity exporter, value-added uses, new market development and trade issues are particularly important to farmers in North Dakota since the majority of the state’s corn and soybean crops leave the state. “We are a state of small population and if we are going to move the needle with our crop it has to be done nationally and internationally,” Terry Wehlander, North Dakota Corn Utilization Council Chairman says. “We need to be involved in the market where consumption will take place, whether that’s in vehicles at the fuel pump, in the livestock industry, in the pet food industry or in corn-based sweeteners.” The North Dakota Corn Utilization Council and the North Dakota Soybean Council will be welcoming their national partners to discuss farmer-supported resources and timely issues in a Hot Topic panel at the 2020 Northern Corn and Soybean Expo on February 4th, 2019 at the FargoDome in Fargo, ND. The panel will be moderated by Michelle Rook of AgWeek TV. Panelists include Mace Thornton, vice president of communications and marketing strategy for the United Soybean Board; Jon Doggett, CEO of the National Corn Growers Association; and Ryan Findlay, CEO of the American Soybean Association. The Hot Topic panel will take place at 11:00am on the main stage. The Expo will give farmers the opportunity to get faceto-face time with the individuals working for them on Photos bylevel. Betsy“IArmour a national hope to have those in attendance


understand the role that our national organizations have in the corn industry,” says North Dakota Corn Utilization Council Executive Director Jean Henning. “I hope that attendees will take away that there are many people working on their behalf, not just those of us in North Dakota, but also nationally.”

“We have to always keep in mind the bigger picture. There will be good years ahead and we have to maintain the programming and research to keep the industry moving forward,” Henning says. “It is the responsibility of the Council to let producers know of the hard work and efforts by our farmer leaders with effective communications. Our farmer leaders make thoughtful decisions on our checkoff investments and put in hours and hours of time trying to make the best decisions possible for their neighbors and fellow producers.” For additional information on what can be expected at the 2020 Northern Corn and Soybean Expo, please see the tentative agenda on the next page. Interested attendees can register for free online at

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2020 Tentative Agenda

February 4, 2020 7:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

7:15 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. | Arena Floor Buffet Breakfast / Trade Show and Research Pavilion Open

7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. | Lobby Registration

8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. | Main Stage Welcoming Remarks: Expo Co-chairs Tysen Rosenau and Mike Langseth

8:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Main Stage

FargoDome 1800 N University Drive Fargo, ND 58102 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Main Stage Hot Topic Panel Mace Thornton, USB; Jon Doggett, NCGA; Ryan Findlay, ASA; and Moderator Michelle Rook, AgWeek TV

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Arena Floor Lunch / Trade Show open

11:45 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Arena Floor Corn Grower and Soybean Grower Association Meetings

The Opportunities and Challenges of the Current World Market

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Various Locations

John Phipps – Author and Humorist

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Main Stage

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Arena Floor Break, visit trade show

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Arena Floor AgriTalk (Live Broadcast) Chip Flory – Author and Radio Host

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Various Locations Breakout Session 1 (see chart below)

Breakout Session 2 (see chart below)

AgriTalk After the Bell (Live Broadcast) Chip Flory – Author and Radio Host

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Arena Floor Break, visit trade show

3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Main Stage Global Market Trends Chip Flory – Author and Radio Host

Breakout Sessions

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Power of Social Media and Telling Your Farm Story MN Millennial Farmer Zach Johnson

You are Not Alone: Extreme Pressure of Farming Today

Conquering Weed Management

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Session 2 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Weather: How to Use NDAWN System Daryl Ritchison, NDAWN

Sean Brotherson, NDSU and Monica Kramer McConkey, MN Department of Agriculture

Dr. Joe Ikley, NDSU and Dr. Lee Briese, crop consultant

Biofuels and Your Bottom Line Dr. David Ripplinger, NDSU; Ryan Pederson, National Biodiesel Board; and Adam Dunlop, Midwest Ag Energy

Corn and Soybean Disease Outlook Dr. Sam Markell and Dr. Andrew Friskop, NDSU


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NORTH DAKOTA CORN COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1: Carson Klosterman, Wyndmere District 2: Jason Rayner, Finley (Vice Chairman) District 3: William Wagner, Neche District 4: Tysen Rosenau, Carrington District 5: Terry Wehlander, DeLamere (Chairman) District 6: Scott German, Oakes (Secretary/Treasurer) District 7: Robert Ferebee, Halliday

NORTH DAKOTA CORN COUNCIL COUNTY REPRESENTATIVES Corn Council District 1 Wyndmere - Carson Klosterman Corn Council District 2 Cass - Patrick Skunes Steele - Jason Rayner Traill - Mike Beltz Corn Council District 3 Benson - Randy Simon Burke - Bryan Ankenbauer Divide - Derik Pulvermacher Grand Forks - Greg Amundson McHenry - Jason Schiele Mountrail - Cliff Tollefson Nelson - David Steffan Pembina - William Wagner Pierce - Nick Schmaltz Ramsey - Paul Becker Renville - Bruce Teubner Ward - Gary Neshem Corn Council District 4 Barnes - Mike Clemens Eddy - Bill Smith Foster - Tysen Rosenau Griggs - Mark Ressler


Corn Council District 5 Ransom - Justin Halvorson Sargent - Terry Wehlander Corn Council District 6 Dickey - Scott German LaMoure - Dennis Feiken Corn Council District 7 Adams - Jordan Christman Bowman - Tony Pierce Burleigh - Lance Hagen Dunn - Robert Ferebee Emmons - Alex Deis Golden Valley - Steve Zook Grant - Cody VandenBurg Hettinger - Darwyn Mayer Kidder - James Cusey Logan - Dennis Erbele McIntosh - Anthony Neu McKenzie - CJ Thorne McLean - Paul Anderson Mercer - Riley Schriefer Morton - Elwood Woody Barta Oliver - Clark Price Sioux - Jarrod Becker Slope - Ryan Stroh Stark - Duane Zent Wells - Richard Lies

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NDCGA BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1: Andrew Mauch, Mooreton District 1: Ben Bakko, Walcott District 2: Randy Melvin, Buffalo (President) District 2: Tim Kozojed, Hillsboro District 3: Greg Amundson, Gilby District 3: Paul Thomas, Velva (Vice President) District 4: Robert Hanson, Wimbledon (Secretary) District 4: Ryan Wanzek, Jamestown District 5: Justin Halvorson, Sheldon District 5: Kyle Speich, Milnor District 6: Drew Courtney, Oakes District 6: Bart Schott, Kulm District 7: Anthony Mock, Kintyre District 7: Clark Price, Hensler Director-at-large: Kevin Skunes, Arthur Director-at-large: Larry Hoffmann, Wheatland

NDCGA Industry Directors

Tom Cook: Cargill, Wahpeton Kyle Gerner: Gerner Ag, Oakes Ryan Bohnsack: American Federal Bank, Fargo Jeff Triebold: Prairieland Ag, Fargo

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY! When you join the North Dakota Corn Growers Association (NDCGA) you invest in the North Dakota corn industry today and beyond. You join hundreds of your fellow North Dakota corn farmers in creating an even stronger future for corn production in the state. Your future as a corn producer is influenced by consumer opinion, regulatory guidelines and government programs. NDCGA ensures that your voice is heard when decisions are being made that impact your farm. You are an important part of North Dakota's corn industry. Fill out the North Dakota Corn Growers Association Membership Application on this page and join today! If you would like to learn more about membership, please contact Elli at

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