Minnesota Canola Council's

Canola Symposium 2023

November 30, 2023
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9:30 a.m. CROPLAN Update & Thank You
Mick Miller, CROPLAN - Fairfield, MT
Mick is a Forage and Oilseed Specialist with WinField United and the CROPLAN Brand. Mick grew up on a family farm in North Central Montana where his family raised malt barley, wheat, canola, and hay. His passion of working and visiting with people has allowed him to be able to work “hands on” with farmers over the past 11 years.
10:00 a.m. DEKALB Canola Update
Ryan Fisher, DEKALB - Thompson, ND
Ryan is a customer business advisor for Bayer Crop Science in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota and is responsible for field support and agronomy of DEKALB/Asgrow Seed and the Bayer Crop Protection lineup. He has been with Bayer for 10 years. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in crop production from the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
10:15 a.m. Pioneer - The Canola That Can Do It All
Jerod Hanson, Pioneer - Hallock, MN
Jerod Hanson is a territory manager for Pioneer and has covered North Central ND and NW Minnesota for the past 9 years.
10:45 a.m. 2024 InVigor Update
Sara Swenson, BASF - Hillsboro, ND
Sara Swenson works for BASF as an Agronomic Solutions Advisor, covering NW Minnesota. As an ASA, Sara supports retailers and growers that sell and grow BASF’s seed and crop protection products. Sara graduated from North Dakota State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Crop and Weed Science.
11:00 a.m. Canola Market Update
Andy Smith, CHS Inc. - Inver Grove Heights, MN
Andy graduated from the University of St. Thomas and has worked at CHS for 14 years. His career has covered various roles within the Ag Business department including trading, risk management, and accounting. Andy has worked within the oilseed product team for 4 years, and earlier this year assumed the role of Commercial Manager for the canola product line at CHS.
11:15 a.m. Sclerotinia Stem Rot: Research Updates & Management in Canola
Megan McCaghey, University of Minnesota - St. Paul, MN
Megan McCaghey is an assistant professor of Plant Pathology at UMN, Twin Cities. Before coming to UMN, Megan earned a PhD in Plant Pathology at UW-Madison focused on genetic tools for white mold resistance in soybean and completed a postdoc at UC Davis focusing on grower-driven research in soilborne fungal plant pathogens. Her research is centered on soilborne fungi that cause crop diseases. More specifically, she is interested in questions related to understanding the ecology and epidemiology of soil-associated fungi and oomycetes and enhancing crop disease resistance to improve management.
12:45 p.m. Renewable Fuels: Past, Present, Future
Randy Martinson, Martinson Ag Risk Management - Fargo, ND
Randy grew up on a family grain and livestock farm in rural Milnor, ND, where he farmed for ten years following his graduation from North Dakota State School of Science. He also attended North Dakota State University (NDSU) for Agriculture Economics. While attending NDSU, Randy took an internship with a local commodity brokerage firm that turned out to be a 20-plus year experience. Randy is also a licensed crop insurance agent. In January 2016, Randy became one of the founders of Martinson Ag Risk Management. In his time with the firm, Randy became well known for his introductory marketing education series for marketing clubs, where he introduces complex marketing strategies in a simple, straightforward manner.
1:30 p.m. CPC Research Results in 2023
Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota - Roseau, MN
Dave is the Minnesota Canola Production Centre site agronomist. He 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.
2:00 p.m. Canola's Role in Renewable Feedstocks
James Arneson, Marathon Petroleum Corporation - Mandan, ND
James Arneson is a renewable feedstocks trader at Marathon Petroleum Corporation, a role he has held for the past 6 years. Previously, James worked in gas and diesel marketing for Great Plains. James earned a degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota.
3:00 p.m. Canola: Best Pest Management of Flea Beetles
Janet Knodel, North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND
Dr. Janet J. Knodel is a Professor and Extension Entomologist at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. For the past 20 years, she has provided statewide program leadership for Extension Entomology, the North Dakota Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, and coordinates/co-edits the NDSU Crop & Pest Report. Her extension outreach and applied research focuses on insect pests of field crops and IPM strategies including wheat, barley, canola, soybean, pulse crops, and sunflower.
3:30 p.m. Trade Battles, COVID, Drought, War, Interest Rate Hikes, Drought Again: What's Next for Farmers?
Brian Voth, IntelliFARM - Winnipeg, MB
A grain marketing and financial risk management enthusiast, Brian has been a grain buyer, and a marketing advisor for two different companies before going independent and launching IntelliFARM Inc. in 2016. He holds a diploma in Ag finance and a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Manitoba, and has a passion for analyzing grain markets as they relate to farmers. He is committed to helping farmers make informed and strategic decisions to improve the bottom line of their farms by taking the emotion out of grain marketing..