Minnesota Canola Council's

Canola Symposium 2020

December 3, 2020
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9:30 a.m. Canola Market Update
Alex Busch, CHS Inc. - Inver Grove Heights, MN
Alex Busch is manager of Oilseeds Crush for CHS Inc. He is from south central Minnesota and has a B.S. in Ag Business from South Dakota State University. He has worked at CHS Inc for 8 years in origination, feed ingredient trading, and ethanol production roles. In his current role he leads direction and strategy to origination teams, feed ingredient trading teams and manages risk for the Oilseed crush assets.
9:45 a.m. The Power of Miravis Neo
Jason Snell, Syngenta - Chokio, MN
Jason Snell was born and raised on a corn, soybean, and wheat farm north of Chokio, (Sha-kie-o) MN. He graduated from NDSU in 2002 with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Systems Management and started his career with Interstate Seed Company in canola hybrid screening and trialing. Jason moved on to Syngenta in 2010 as an NK Seed Representative in west central MN and currently serves as an Agronomic Service Representative covering the north half of MN and the eastern third of ND for Syngenta Crop Protection.
10:00 a.m. CROPLAN Canola Brand & A Bright Future
Mark Torno, CROPLAN by WinField United - Garrison, ND
Mark is a US Product Manager for sunflower, canola & wheat with WinField United and the CROPLAN Brand. Mark grew up on our family farm in North Central North Dakota where his family raised wheat, canola and flax. His passion is working for a cooperative focused on helping farmers be profitable and helping provide the ability to pass on farming operations to future generations. Mark has been with WinField United for 23 years - all that time working with canola and sunflowers.
10:40 a.m. DEKALB Portfolio & New Innovation in Canola Seed Treatment
Courtney Meduna, DEKALB - Minot, ND
Courtney is a technical agronomist for DEKALB based in Minot, ND. She earned a bachelor of science degree in ag economics and animal science from North Dakota State University.
10:55 a.m. Pioneer - Diverse Platforms & Focus on Protector Traits
Kristie Sundeen, Pioneer - Brocket, ND
Kristie Sundeen is the Pioneer Field Agronomist for the NE North Dakota/NW Minnesota territory, but started her career in April 2019 as a Territory Manager. Prior to Pioneer, Kristie was a Seed Advisor with BASF and a Field Sales Rep/US InVigor Sales Lead with Bayer growing the canola seed business in the United States. Kristie has also worked directly with growers through her own crop consulting business. She is a native of Langdon, ND, where she grew up on a family small grain farm. She holds a BS in Agricultural Business and an Associates Degree in Agronomy from University of Minnesota-Crookston. She farms with her husband, Austin in Brocket, ND, where they raise corn, canola, soybeans, wheat, and pinto beans.
11:10 a.m. InVigor Pod Shatter Reduction Technology Update
Russ Trischuk, BASF - Saskatoon, SK
Russell Trischuk has worked with BASF as a Technical Marketing Specialist since 2010. Based in Saskatoon, Russell also worked with BASF in the Research and Commercial Development group from 2006-2008. During his career Russell has also held positions as the Global Canola Transformation Leader at Dow AgroSciences, Research Associate in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as being a visiting Scientist at the Plant Biotechnology Institute at the National Research Council of Canada. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Masters of Science in Biochemistry and Plant Physiology from the College of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan.
11:30 a.m. CPC Research Results in 2020
Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota - Roseau, MN
Dave is the site agronomist for the Minnesota Canola Production Centre. He was raised on a Roseau County farm and has a B.S. in Agronomy from UM and Ph.D. from NDSU. He worked for BASF for 14 years in research, technical service, and market development. He also worked for Northland College as a Farm Business Management Instructor.
12:45 p.m. Expanding Winter Canola into New Territories
Mick Miller, CROPLAN by WinField United - Fairfield, MT
Mick is a Forage and Oilseed Specialist with WinField United and the CROPLAN Brand. He grew up on a family farm in north central Montana where they raised malt barley, wheat, canola, and hay. His passion for working and visiting with people has allowed him to be able to work “hands-on” with other farmers the past 8 years.
1:15 p.m. COVID, China & Confusion: 2020/21 Crop Market Outlook
Frayne Olson, NDSU - Fargo, ND
Frayne is the NDSU Extension Crop Economist/Marketing Specialist and the Quentin Burdick Center for Cooperatives Director. He focuses on crop market outlook and price analysis, evaluating alternative crop marketing strategies, and economics of crop contracting. As Director, he teaches cooperative business management and coordinates the Center’s research/outreach activities. He received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from MU, and his M.S. and B.S. from NDSU.
2:15 p.m. Nitrogen & Sulfur Application Rates & Timing Impact on Canola
Jasper Teboh, NDSU - Fargo, ND
Jasper earned his Ph.D. in Soil Science from NDSU. Prior to joining the Carrington Research Extension Center, he was a Research Associate conducting soil fertility research for the Louisiana State University AgCenter School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, and the Sugar Research Station. He obtained his B.S. in Agriculture and Graduate Diploma of Ingénieur Agronome from the University of Dschang, Cameroon.
3:05 p.m. The Election & Its Influence on Ag Policy
Howard Olson, AgCountry Farm Credit Services - Fargo, ND
Howard is Sr. Vice President of Governmental & Public Affairs and is responsible for developing and implementing AgCountry’s local, state, and federal legislative strategy and implementation, management, and coordination of government relations, advocacy activities, and partnership development. He was raised on a farm near Blanchard, ND, and has a B.S. from NDSU and an M.S. in Business Administration from the University of Mary, Fargo.
3:50 p.m. From Oilseed to "Proteinseed": Canola's Multipurpose Future
Jeff Casper, Merit Functional Foods - Arden Hills, MN
Jeff is Director of Research & Applications at Merit Functional Foods, a company focused on creating high purity, highly functional canola food proteins. He has an M.S. in Food Chemistry from UW-Madison and a B.S. in Food Science from ISU. His 22 years of food industry experience spans product development, technology development, and management roles at Pillsbury and General Mills, as well as roles at Horizon Milling (now Ardent Mills), Cargill, and Hemp Oil Canada.
Our Lucky Winners
Prizes Galore Winners:
  • BASF - 1 Bag InVigor Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Rod Estling, Roosevelt, MN
  • BASF - 1 Bag InVigor Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Jeremiah Hasnedl, St. Hilaire, MN
  • BASF - 1 Bag InVigor Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Justin Howell, Badger, MN
  • BASF - 1 Bag InVigor Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Wayne Nelson, Grygla, MN
  • Brevant seeds - Sweatshirt & Work Light - Ryan Bjorsness, Newfolden, MN
  • Brevant seeds - Sweatshirt & Work Light - Ryan Bjorsness, Newfolden, MN
  • DEKALB - Cornhole Boards - Jake Wildman, Glenwood, MN
  • Hefty Seed-Roseau - $25 Gift Card to Genes Bar & Grill - Scott Nelson, Lancaster, MN
  • Hefty Seed-Roseau - $25 Gift Card to Brickhouse Restaurant & Bar - Curtis Amundson, Roseau, MN
  • Helena Agri-Enterprises - $25 Gift Card to Scheels - Jerry Dahlke, Clearbrook, MN
  • Northern Ag - $50 Gift Card to Legends Sports Pub & Grill - Mike Hagen, Roseau, MN
  • Northern Ag - $50 Gift Card to Hardware Hank - Ed Walsh, Badger, MN
  • Pioneer - 1 Bag Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Frank Dostal, Badger, MN
  • Pioneer - 1 Bag Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Joe Dostal, Badger, MN
  • Pioneer - 1 Bag Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Hugh Hunt, Hallock, MN
  • Pioneer - 1 Bag Canola Seed (Grower Choice) - Kevin Severson, Roseau, MN
  • Syngenta - Cooler - Steve Sparby, Grygla, MN