Fremont Corn Expo 2018

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, and 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 New Ag Technology
  • Improving Economic Viability
  • Increasing Resiliency to Extreme Weather
  • Enhancing Soil and Water Resources

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!

Take a look back previous Fremont Corn Expo resources including videos, presentations, radio interviews, and more: 

Fremont Corn Expo 2017
Fremont Corn Expo 2016

For more information on the Fremont Corn Expo, please contact Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension Agronomist for Dodge & Washington counties, at 402-727-2775 or ude.l1513587067nu@re1513587067lleum1513587067.naht1513587067an1513587067

Fremont Corn Expo Location


Christensen Field Main Arena – 1730 West 16th St., Fremont NE 68025

2018 Fremont Corn Expo

Expo Schedule – Thursday, Jan. 4

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

8:45 a.m.    Welcome to the Fremont Corn Expo

  • Nathan Mueller – University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Extension
  • Tad Dinkins – Chair of Fremont Chamber Ag and Natural Resource Council
  • Scott Getzschman – City of Fremont Mayor

9:00 a.m.    Corn Stalk Lodging: What Role Did Stalk and Crown Rot Play?   Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Corn Plant Pathologist

9:30 a.m.    What’s in Store – Darin Newsom, DTN Senior Analyst

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

10:45 a.m.   Panel Discussion: Cover Crops after Seed Corn

  • Seed Corn Grower/Cattlemen – Scott Wagner
  • Seed Corn Company – Greg Beebe
  • Local Custom Applicator – Seth Feala
  • NRCS Conservationist – Jeremiah Schutz
  • Precision Ag Specialist – Jason Strand
  • Agronomist – Nathan Mueller

11:30 a.m.  Business & Industry Update  NE Farm Bureau, Fremont Chamber, 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.   Grain Storage Management and Technology  Dr. Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Agricultural Engineer – Grain Drying, Handling and Storage

1:50 p.m.   How Long Will the Impacts of La Nina Last and What Role Will it Play in the 2018 Crop Production?  Al Dutcher, Associate State of Nebraska Climatologist

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

3:00 p.m.   Safe travels

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2018 Speaker Bios and Presentation Descriptions

Dr. Tamra Jackson-Ziems


Extension Specialist and Associate Professor, joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in April 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at the University of Arkansas and University of Illinois-Urbana. Her appointment is split between extension, research, and teaching 80/10/10%, respectively, with statewide responsibility for diseases of corn and grain sorghum. Her extension activities encompass educating clientele about disease identification, prevention, and management. And her research projects encompass a broad range of topics, including plant parasitic nematodes of corn, Goss’s bacterial wilt and blight, and use of fungicides for foliar disease control. During her time at UNL, she has delivered more than 100 invited presentations in 16 states and is the 2009 recipient of both the UNL Institute of Agriculture’s Dinsdale Family Faculty Teaching Award and the UNL Extension Distinguished New Employee Award.

Presentation Title

Corn Stalk Lodging: What Role did Crown and Stalk Rot Play?

Presentation Description

With stalk quality issues during 2017 harvest, she will address what role crown and stalk rots  played in stalk integrity. Hybrid selection, fungicide, and weather condition interactions will be discussed.



Darin Newsom


DTN Senior Analyst, Darin Newsom has 30 years of experience analyzing commodity markets and developing risk-management strategies, and is also the creator and guiding force behind DTN’s Six Factor Marketing Strategies.

Besides DTN, his articles and commentary are consistently featured in industry publications such as The Progressive Farmer, Trader Planet, and Commodities Now Magazine, along with multiple newspapers and radio stations throughout the country. He’s a well-known speaker on the agricultural circuit, providing his analysis and commentary on a variety of markets. He also appears as a regular analyst on the Iowa Public Television Program “Market to Market”.

Presentation Title

What’s in Store

Presentation Description

A look ahead at grain markets for 2018 given what we know about the continued build of ending stocks and what we don’t know yet  about  2017-2018 demand. 


Dr. Ken Hellevang


Ken has a Ph. D. degree in engineering, is a registered professional engineer, and has obtained the academic rank of tenured Professor at North Dakota State University.  As an Extension (outreach) Engineer of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering at North Dakota State University, he has provided education and technical assistance in grain drying and storage, structures with a focus on energy efficiency, indoor environmental engineering primarily related to moisture and mold, and flood preparation and recovery to farmers, citizens, agribusiness, and professionals across the United States and internationally since 1980.

His educational program utilizes numerous methods including publications, presentations, media, individual consultations, and the internet to provide education and technical assistance to clientele. He has authored or co-authored more than 220 publications and numerous resources that are on the internet. These include technical papers, proceedings, professional standards, chapters in handbooks, videos, and peer reviewed Extension circulars and bulletins distributed by private business, professional societies, and universities internationally. Ken has presented more than 1,000 seminars and has provided engineering assistance to more than 15,000 people across the United States and internationally.

He has conducted research on numerous grain drying and storage topics including moisture content changes in stored grain during summer, drying and storage of dry edible beans, air temperature increase due to grain drying and aeration fans, and aeration duct design. He has conducted numerous grain dryer energy audits.

He is active in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE -The Society for engineering in agricultural, food, and biological systems) having served in numerous leadership roles and in other professional organizations. He has been recognized with the grade of Fellow by ASABE, the highest honor bestowed on 0.2 percent of members annually.

He and his wife Merna have three adult children and lives in Fargo, ND.

Presentation Title

Grain Storage Management and Technology

Presentation Description

The presentation will provide current grain storage practices and available technology for managing the stored grain. Each year requires different strategies, so the presentation provides fundamental storage expertise that can be applied based on current conditions. There will be time for questions enabling farmers to obtain answers to their specific questions on storage and drying.

Al Dutcher


His formal training was a B.S. in Meteorology in 1985 from Iowa State University and an MS from ISU in 1989 is agricultural climatology.  He was the State Climatologist from 1991-2015 before resigning his position when the Nebraska State Climate Office reorganized in 2016.  Most of his job description remains unchanged with a new title of Ag Extension Climatologist and has allowed him to expand his focus areas to include drought monitoring, climate resiliency, short and long term climate trend analysis, along with the  development of climatic products that assist producers by reducing risk to specific weather conditions.

Presentation Title

How Long Will the Impacts of La Nina Last and What Role Will It Play in the 2018 Crop Production?

Presentation Description

La Nina conditions began to developed during the second half of this past summer and the consensus forecast from a suite of global models call for it to last through the late winter before dissipating.  This talk will concentrate on how the Equatorial Pacific, Arctic Oscillation, and Julian Madden Oscillations interact to create our winter weather across North America.  I will also examine the role of this current La Nina event on spring planting nationwide, with a special emphasis on soil moisture reserves, drought risk, severe weather, and growing season weather.  An attempt will also be made to examine which areas of the country have the greatest odds of success or failure based upon expected growing season weather patterns if La Nina conditions continue or dissipate before summer conditions arrive in 2018.


2018 Corn Gold Level Sponsors

Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers

2018 Exhibitors

Agnition KTIC & 107.9 The Bull
AgWest Commodities LLC Mid-Continent Irrigation, Inc.
Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska Midwest Messenger
Butler Ag Equipment Nebraska Corn Board
Central States Center for Agricultural Safety & Health Nebraska Corn Growers Association
Central Valley Ag Nebraska Extension
Charlie Diers Ford Lincoln Nebraska Farm Bureau
CL Construction, LLC Nebraska Farm Business, Inc.
Colfax-Dodge Corn Growers NPA Agronomics
Commodity Solutions Inc. Otte Oil & Propane
Crop Production Services Petersen Ag Systems
CropMetrics, LLC Pioneer Hi-Bred
Farm Credit Services of America Platte Valley Equipment
FEI, Inc. Reinke – Advanced Irrigation Soutions LLc./Agri-Insurance Solutions
First National Bank Servi-Tech Inc.
First State Bank & Trust Co. Stine Seed Co.
Fremont Chamber Storm Flying Service
Frontier Coop StrongField Resources
Gene Steffy Auto Group Summit Ag Inc.
Green Gable Contracting Tejkl Ag Services LLC
Heartland Farm Partners Titan Machinery
Hoegemeyer Hybrids Tri County Ag Service, Inc.
Hotsy Equipment Co. Union Bank & Trust
Hurley & Associates Agri-Marketing Centers USDA/NRCS/FSA
Jack Nitz & Associates Auctioneers  
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