Fremont Corn Expo 2017


About the Fremont Corn Expo

The Fremont Corn Expo is organized and hosted by Nebraska Extension. The Fremont Chamber Ag Business and Natural Council, Nebraska Farm Bureau in Dodge County, Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers Association, local FFA chapter, and the Nebraska Corn Board are the primary partners supporting Nebraska Extension in making the Fremont Corn Expo a great local event for corn growers. The Fremont Corn Expo is held the beginning of January each year. The Fremont Corn Expo attracts 300 to 400 attendees in a 1-hour driving distance from Fremont along with 48 agribusiness exhibitors. The expo is financially supported by local partners and agribusiness exhibitors. The Fremont Corn Expo was started in 2004 by former Extension Educator, Dave Varner.

The Fremont Corn Expo features speakers and panelists that provide local corn growers with the knowledge they need to effectively manage locally-relevant issues each year. Specific areas of focus include:

  • Applying Emerging Technology
  • Improving Economic Viability
  • Increasing Resiliency to Extreme Weather
  • Enhancing Soil and Water Resources

Take a look back on last year’s 2016 Fremont Corn Expo including videos, presentations, radio interviews, and more. What did last year’s attendees say:

  • “Useful Expo”
  • “Another great show”
  • “Excellent speakers”

The Fremont Corn Expo is a free event open to the public. We hope that you can join us this year and enjoy our great expo!

Fremont Corn Expo Location


Christensen Field Main Arena

1730 West 16th St., Fremont NE 68025

2017 Program Schedule – Thursday, Jan. 5

7:30 a.m     Breakfast and View Exhibits (50 exhibitors) – “The Waffle Man” serves breakfast compliments of the Fremont Chamber Ag Business & Natural Resource Council

8:45 a.m.    Welcome – Tad Dinkins – Fremont Chamber Ag Business & Natural Resource Council President

9:00 a.m.    Multi-Hybrid Planting Preparation   Joe Luck, Nebraska Extension Precision Ag Engineer

9:30 a.m.    The Economic Outlook for U.S. Agriculture Brent Gloy, Agricultural Economists

10:20 a.m.   Break – View Exhibits – Grab some Mom’s Popcorn for a Snack!

10:45 a.m.   Panel Discussion: Looking Ahead at Finances – Moderated by Nathan Mueller

  • Accountant – Tina Barret w/Nebraska Farm Business Inc.,
  • Ag Lender – Representative w/First National Bank
  • Cash Rent/Lease Specialist – Allan Vyhnalek w/Nebraska Extension
  • Economist – Brent Gloy w/Purdue University
  • Fertilizer – Charles Shapiro w/Nebraska Extension

11:30 a.m.  Business & Industry Update  NE Farm Bureau, Fremont Chamber, Local FFA Chapter, Colfax-Dodge County Corn Growers Association, NE Corn Board

Noon          Lunch – View Exhibits  – Dee’s Catering compliments of the Nebraska Farm Bureau in Dodge County

1:00 p.m.   With Phosphorus, You Have Choices Charles Shapiro, Nebraska Extension Soil Science/Plant Nutrition Specialist

1:50 p.m.   Tools to Help Weather the Storms Ahead – Brian Smith, National Weather Service Meteorologist

2:40 p.m.   Door Prize Winners Announced and Prizes Handed Out – Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers Association

3:00 p.m.   Safe travels

Following the Fremont Corn Expo at 3:00 pm will be the Nitrogen Certification & Water Conservation Training Class for Lower Platte North NRD producers in the small meeting room at Christensen Field Main Arena

For more information on the Fremont Corn Expo, please contact Dr. Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Cropping Systems Extension Educator, at 402-727-2775 or ude.l1480716808nu@re1480716808lleum1480716808.naht1480716808an1480716808

2017 Speaker Bios and Presentation Descriptions

Joe Luck



Dr. Joe Luck is an Assistant Professor and Precision Agriculture Engineer in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His extension efforts are focused on the successful collection, analysis, and usage of quality data from precision agriculture technologies, specifically on improving producer decision support through hands-on workshops using farm management information software systems.  In less than four years, his program has provided information to over 400 producers and agricultural professionals affecting over 3 million crop acres. Since 2008, he has studied the effects of operator-based decisions and control system response on application accuracy with agricultural sprayers.  These studies have been focused on manual and automatic boom section control systems.  He is currently working on a project to develop and evaluate technologies for improving pesticide application uniformity.

Presentation (0.5 Crop Mgmt CEU): Multi-Hybrid Planting Prep

The ability to variably plant multiple hybrids during field operation has been identified as one option in mitigating in-field variation caused by soil, disease pressures, environmental and water conditions. From an engineering standpoint, the system performance has been validated. However, producers still have questions concerning economic advantage from implementation, development of management zones, and hybrid assignment. Assessment of a multi-hybrid planting platform was conducted during the 2016 growing season. On-farm trials were performed on five corn fields  in eastern Nebraska. Corn trials focused on placement of two contrasting hybrids for soil type and water availability interactions.  Management zones were created through use of Management Zone Analyst to cluster highly correlating layers into zones. Spatial layers included yield maps, soil texture maps, and electrical conductivity maps. Only zones that were highly correlated with each other were included in the analysis. These zones were then smoothed. The most influential factor in each zone was determined and treatments assigned to each zone.  Variable selection of multiple layers allows the decision making process to be based on the features most representative of the field. Performance of hybrid placement and zone selection was assessed through in-season vegetative index readings, plant tissue nutrient analysis, disease assessments and ultimately with yield comparisons at harvest. Economic impact will be demonstrated through yield impact. Impacts on crop yield, in-season growth observations and profit analysis by zone will be presented for discussion of hybrid and zone delineation accuracy. Opportunities for application of the technology as well as associated challenges will be discussed.


Brent Gloy

Brent Gloy, Ag Economist Purdue University College of Agriculture


Dr. Brent Gloy is an agricultural economist specializing in agricultural finance and agribusiness management. His research has been quoted and referenced in media ranging from the farm press, to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and The Economist, among others. Brent founded and served as the first Director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.  Dr. Gloy’s current writings can be found on his website Agricultural Economic Insights,, which he co-founded with David Widmar.

Dr. Gloy has held tenured faculty positions in agricultural economics at Purdue University and Cornell University.   He currently operates his family farming operation in Southwest Nebraska, is a partner in Agricultural Economic Insights, LLC, and serves as a visiting professor at Purdue University. Brent received his masters and doctorate degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Presentation (1 Professional Dev. CEU): The Economic Outlook for U.S. Agriculture

After many years of high commodity prices and strong profitability the situation in agriculture has shifted dramatically.  What are the factors driving the profit squeeze?  How can you position for success in this environment? What are the most important trends in agriculture?  What should you expect this year and in the years to come?  Dr. Brent Gloy will cover these issues and more.  Dr. Gloy is an ag economics professor turned farmer who will bring his practical and understandable economic perspectives to this session that will help you think about how to position your business for the future.  


Charles Shapiro



Dr. Charles Shapiro is a Soil Scientist – Crop Nutrition Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Shapiro was born and raised in a suburb north of New York City. After graduating from Cornell University in 1974 he worked on a dairy farm and a processing vegetable farm before moving to Nebraska in 1975. Dr. Shapiro completed his MS (1978) and PhD (1982) at UNL under the supervision of Dr. A. Dale Flowerday. His first professional position was as Research Scientist for Castle & Cooke (owner of Dole brand bananas) in Ecuador. He returned to the University of Nebraska in 1984 as Assistant Professor at what is now the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory (HAL) near Concord, NE. His appointment has been 50% research and 50% extension. Dr. Shapiro has conducted research mainly in improving nutrient use efficiency. The overriding principle he has worked to promote is that getting more nutrients into a crop results in greater value to the producer, and less potential loss to the environment.

Presentation (1.0 Nutrient Mgmt CEU): With Phosphorus, You Have Choices!

Unlike nitrogen, phosphorus mostly sticks around where you put it. There are some losses from run-off, and depending on the soil properties, it might form unavailable forms. One can decide to ‘load up’ on phosphorus or dribble it out as needed. Is there a correct, best strategy? Making the phosphorus decision is more than an agronomic one, many factors make broad generalizations difficult. We will discuss the agronomy and also some of the non-agronomic factors that might influence the decision to P or not to P.


Brian Smith



I grew up in Geneva, IL , which is 35 miles west of Chicago. I started getting interested in weather after tornadoes struck my hometown in 1965 and 1967.  I attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL and receive my B.S. in Meteorology.  Because of my interest in severe storms, I went to graduate school at the University of Chicago and received my M.S. in Meteorology.  It was there, that began my interest in analyzing storm damage, as I studied under world‑renown tornado expert, Dr. T. Theodore Fujita.  In 1988, I started working for the National Weather Service at the National Severe Storms Forecast Center (now called the Storm Prediction Center).   In 1994, my family and I moved to Nebraska and accepted a position as the Warning Coordination Meteorologist in Valley. At the National Weather Service, I manage the weather warning and public outreach program.  I still have a passion at analyzing storm damage and am involved with other meteorologists and engineers creating a standard for wind speeds in tornadoes.  I have been married for 28 years to my wife Paula, and have four sons.  In my spare time I enjoy watching baseball (Go Cubs!), playing the trumpet in the Blair Area Community Band, building scale plastic models, and working on my O gauge model railroad layout.

Presentation: Tools to Help Weather the Storms Ahead

Severe weather has a big impact on the agricultural community.  Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms caused $10 billion dollars in property damage in the United States in 2015. It is also important for people in the rural to protect themselves from the hazards of severe thunderstorms.  Having good situation awareness is tantamount to survival.  I will cover the cloud features that accompany severe storms and how to interpret them.  We will look at how to protect you and your family from the hazards of severe storms.  Finally, we will look at the ways weather messages are communicated and show you how to receive warnings that may save your life.


2017 Corn Gold Level Sponsors

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2017 Exhibitors

AFAN Johnson’s Cycle
Agnition KHUB Radio
AgWest Commodities Mid-Continent Irrigation
Butler Ag Equipment Monke Bros. Fertilizer Co.
Central Valley Ag Nebraska Corn Board
Channel Nebraska Corn Growers Association
CL Construction LLC Nebraska Farm Bureau
Climate Field View Nebraska On-Farm Research Network
Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers NPA Agronomics
CropMetrics, LLC P & R Sales
Don Peterson & Associates Petersen Ag Systems
Farm Credit Services of America Pioneer Seed
First National Bank Fremont Platte Valley Implement
Fremont Biosolids Select Sprayers and Equipment
Fremont Chamber Servi-Tech
Frontier Coop Stine Seed Company
Gene Steffy Auto Group Storm Flying Service
Great Plains Home Safety StrongField Resources
Green Gable Contracting The Maschhoffs LLC
GVA Inc. Titan Machinery
Heartland Farm Partners Tri County Ag Service, Inc.
Hoegemeyer Hybrids Union Bank & Trust
Hotsy Equipment Co. USDA NRCS / FCS
Hurley & Associates Ward Laboratories, Inc.
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