Machinery Pete Coming to Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo December 4th, 2014

Date: December 4, 2014
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Machinery Pete Coming to Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo

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WISCONSIN DELLS – A change in plans for this winter’s Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo brings farm machinery expert Greg Peterson, widely known as Machinery Pete, to the Kalahari Conference Center for an 8:00 a.m. Early Riser Session, Friday, Jan. 30.

Peterson has been researching and analyzing machinery auction prices for more than 20 years and will share that knowledge and the latest inside scoop on used machinery at Wisconsin’s top winter crop event.

Broadcaster and agricultural commentator John Phipps is moderating the Jan. 30 general session at the 2015 Corn/Soy Expo that includes state issues updates and the outlook for corn and soybean world demand. Later in the day, South Dakota Farmer Brian Hefty discusses crop agronomics then takes questions from the audience while broadcasting his Ag PhD radio show.

Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo kicks off Thursday, Jan. 29, 8:00 a.m., at the Kalahari Conference Center with an update on new farm bill programs from UW-Extension Agricultural Economist Paul Mitchell. Other featured speakers include David Kohl, Professor Emeritus Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech, and professional speaker Damian Mason, who applies his own brand of humor to the business of farming.

Educational breakout sessions planned for the 2015 Corn/Soy Expo will provide information on marketing, the new farm bill, precision ag, cover crops, nitrogen management, corn and soybean agronomics, soil testing, fungicide use, using big data and other agronomic related topic. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Consultants will be offered in many of these sessions.

The annual Corn/Soy Expo is a great opportunity to mix farm business with family time. Members of the Wisconsin Soybean Association and the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association save $50 on registration to the 2-day event, which includes free admission to the annual Pork Producers Taste of Elegance, morning coffee & rolls, two lunches, snacks, an evening reception, industry trade show and admission to all programs. Extra Taste of Elegance tickets can be purchased for family and friends at a reduced rate when registering for Corn/Soy Expo. All attendees can save $40 on admission by registering for the event before January 15.

A special reduced hotel rate is available at the Kalahari for registered Corn/Soy Expo attendees at $112 per night, plus state & local tax, for a standard room with 2-double beds on Wednesday, Jan. 28 and Thursday, Jan. 29. Friday and Saturday night rates are higher, very limited and must include a Thursday night stay. Hotel policy requires advance payment for the first night stay and charges a fee for cancellations. This special hotel rate is good only until January 5, 2015.

Registration materials for Corn/Soy Expo are available online at and also can be requested by calling the Wisconsin Soybean Program office at 608-274-7522 or the Wisconsin Corn Program office at 262-495-2232. ###

2015 Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo Program and Registration – Download the Brochure