DECATUR, Ill. — Thanks to phenomenal weather for the 2014
growing season, Illinois farmers may harvest one of the best crops ever.
However, there will be many risks they will need to manage.
Speakers at the Harvest 2014 conference on Aug. 21 at
Decatur’s Progress City USA will address many of those issues, including a
maximum of 14.5 percent moisture for corn, supply challenges for propane needed
for grain drying and what to do with corn that has genetic traits unapproved by
some global buyers.
The conference will begin with a combine clinic, designed to
help farmers increase their harvest efficiency. And before going to the field,
bins, fans and grain dryers have to be prepped, and farmers will get a checklist
for issues to manage.
Once in the bin, grain drying and conditioning are important
to preserve quality, and speakers will recommend moisture control strategies.
Attendees also will find out if propane, which was in short supply last winter
and spring, will be in sufficient supply to dry a large crop in a timely manner.
But with corn and soybean prices lower than they have been
for more than four years, a market outlook will be one of the hot topics of the
With China’s refusal to accept corn or distillers grains
with either Syngenta’s MIR 162 trait or from its Duracade hybrids, popular for
corn rootworm control, farmers who have those hybrids may find delivery
restrictions at their elevators. Marketing alternatives will be discussed.
And farmers who find the unwelcome Palmer amaranth growing
in front of their combine will want to hear the latest recommendations from
university research on how to avoid major headaches in 2015 and beyond.
Harvest 2014 will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude by 4 p.m. in
the Morton Building at Progress City USA, where lunch will be served.
Registration, coffee and a trade show will begin at 8 a.m.
Pre-registration by Aug. 15 is encouraged by registering at
The early-bird $85 fee includes registration, lunch, breaks
and materials. All farm owners, operators and other agribusiness interests are
welcome. The conference is being presented by AgEngage.