Invited speakers

  • Kevin Bradley
    professor, Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

    Kevin Bradley is a Professor and State Extension Weed Scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. Kevin’s faculty appointment includes extension and research responsibilities in the area of applied weed management in corn, soybean, wheat and pastures.

    Presentation title: A summary of research results with dicamba

    Presentation times:
    Session H - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
    Session I - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

  • Justin Glisan
    State Climatologist of Iowa, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Des Moines, IA

    Dr. Glisan has an extensive background in atmospheric and climatological research, with expertise in the analysis of extreme temperature and precipitation events. He earned his B.S. (2005) and M.S. (2007) in meteorology at the University of Missouri, where he concentrated on droughts and heat waves. In 2012, he completed his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University with a research concentration on the dynamical causal mechanisms of precipitation and temperature extremes. While at Iowa State University, his research had a strong academic collaboration across a broad range of federally funded projects. His work experience includes advanced atmospheric research techniques, large data machine learning, and statistical analysis. As State Climatologist of Iowa, his responsibilities include quality control of Iowa weather observations, weekly recommendations to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and weekly and monthly climate summaries for state stakeholders. Iowa weather and climate observations go back to 1872 and represent the history of weather across the state. These observations help tell the story of Iowa agriculture and how resilient and innovative the state’s farmers are and have been. Looking at how trends in precipitation and temperature are changing and applying this climatological analyses through the lens of agriculture is also a very important part of the position. Dr. Glisan advises the Secretary of Agriculture on climatological matters impacting the agricultural sector.

    Presentation title: Current conditions, climatological outlooks and the science of seasonal predictability

    Presentation times:
    Session L - Thursday, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    Session N - Thursday, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

  • Nicholas Jordan
    professor, Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN

    My research program in agricultural ecology addresses the use of biological diversity to improve the bundle of goods and services that agriculture provides to society. I am particularly interested in models for implementing diversified agriculture at watershed and landscape scales, and for building public-private partnerships that can overcome barriers to diversification in agriculture.

    Presentation title: Continuous living cover agriculture: A market-based pathway to soil health

    Presentation times:
    Session D - Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    Session E - Wednesday, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

  • Katelyn Kesheimer
    assistant professor and extension specialist, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

    Dr. Katelyn Kesheimer is an assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University and with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. She holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Kentucky, a M.S. in biology from Eastern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Kentucky. Prior to moving to Alabama, she was an integrated pest management Extension agent with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension in west Texas working primarily with cotton. Dr. Kesheimer’s statewide responsibilities include small grains, stored grain, pastures, commercial turf, and hemp. Her program works to develop and implement integrated pest management programs for Alabama growers with a goal to provide practical solutions that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. She conducts applied research that is driven by the needs of growers, and uses both traditional and modern Extension methods to disseminate information.

    Presentation title: Caterpillars that eat everything: IPM strategies for these voracious pests

    Presentation times:
    Session B - Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
    Session C - Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

  • Nathan Kleczewski
    plant disease and entomology specialist, Growmark, Champaign, IL

    Dr. Kleczewski is the Plant Disease and Entomology Specialist for Growmark, the fourth largest agricultural cooperative, operating in 43 states and Ontario. Dr. Kleczewski provides training, technical assistance, and expertise to crop specialists, agronomists, and others within the GROWMARK/FS system. His programs focus on Integrated management of diseases and pests and product use based on sound agronomic data and practices. He is a former faculty field crop pathologist from the University of Illinois (2017-2021) and the University of Delaware (2013-2017), and a former fungicide and nematicide R & D scientist at FMC. He earned his Ph.D. in plant pathology from The Ohio State University in 2009, and his BSc in Plant Ecology and biology from the University of Oshkosh (2004). He has also completed postdoctoral research at Indiana University and Purdue.

    Presentation title: What's hot and what's not: Disease and pests on the rise in 2021

    Presentation times:
    Session D - Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
    Session E - Wednesday, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

  • Peter Kyveryga
    director of analytics, Iowa Soybean Association, Ankeny, IA

    Peter Kyveryga is Director of Analytics for Iowa Soybean Association. He earned his Ph.D. in Soil Science and Soil Fertility from Department Agronomy, ISU. He leads projects focused on analyzing and summarizing data from agronomic and environmental studies, predictive modeling, remote sensing and developing decision aid tools for farmers and agronomists. Kyveryga is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy, ISU.

    Presentation title: Interactive cover crop simulator to quantify economic and environmental benefits

    Presentation times:
    Session H - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
    Session I - Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

  • Anthony Martin
    senior field services program manager, Iowa Soybean Association, Ankeny, IA

    Martin is involved in data collection, organization and analysis of the replicated strip trials as well as assisting with the guided stalk sampling program. He provides technical and logistical support for all of the Iowa-based agronomic programs. Martin also is responsible for coordination and communication with growers and service providers in northeast Iowa. Martin enjoys fishing, reading almost anything, golfing and being outdoors.

    Presentation title: Late soybeans early: Research on a high yielding soybean production system

    Presentation times:
    Session M - Thursday, 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM
    Session N - Thursday, 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

  • Robert Mullen
    Director of Agronomy, Nutrien, Wooster, OH

    Dr. Robert Mullen is the Director of Agronomy with Nutrien. Previously, he was the Director of Agronomy for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan since June 2011. Prior to joining PCS, he was an Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at Ohio State University/Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) since April 2004. Dr. Mullen received his B.S. in Ag Business (with a chemistry minor) at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1998 as well as his M.S. in Plant and Soil Science and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oklahoma State University in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Mullen has published two book chapters, 39 peer-reviewed journal articles, and over 230 extension bulletin/technical reports. He has served in an editorial role with two different scientific journals (Agronomy Journal, Crop Management) continuously since 2004.

    Presentation title: What is going on in the fertilizer world?

    Presentation times:
    Session F - Wednesday, 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    Session G - Wednesday, 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Dennis Todey
    director, USDA Midwest Climate Hub, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA

    Dr. Dennis Todey is the Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub in Ames. IA. The hub delivers actionable climate information for agriculture in an eight state region over most of the Corn Belt. He has worked on regional climate services in the Missouri River Basin and Midwest for over a decade partnering with NOAA, Regional Climate Centers, state climatologists and state extension. He also worked on issues of climate change impacts on all types of Midwest/Plains agriculture and is a frequent speaker on weather and climate issues in the Midwest and Plains.

    Presentation title: Understanding and managing changing climate conditions in Midwest agriculture: Information and tools

    Presentation times:
    Session F - Wednesday, 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM
    Session G - Wednesday, 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM