January marks the return of MN AG EXPO

MN AG EXPO will be held Jan. 18-19, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato.

Brian Thalmann, board member of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, addresses the audience at MCGA's annual meeting on Jan. 20, 2022.
Brian Thalmann, board member for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, addresses the audience at the 2022 MN AG Expo in Mankato.
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MANKATO, Minnesota — The annual trade show hosted by Minnesota Corn and Minnesota Soybean returns to Mankato this month, in what the organizations call “Minnesota’s premier indoor agriculture trade show.”

Online registration for the MN AG EXPO, a free two-day event, will be open through Jan. 6 or can be done in-person upon arrival. This year’s event will be held Jan. 18-19 at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato.

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The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) say this year’s expo features a “robust agenda” meant to provoke conversations across the ag industry.

“We’ve been working hard over the past year to find new ways to engage with our industry and think differently about how to hold a dynamic trade show,” said Joe Smentek, executive director of the MSGA.

MN Ag Expo also marks the time of year when leaders of the state’s top ag advocacy organizations hold annual meetings to finalize policy for 2023. MCGA and MSGA are governed by boards of directors and both include research and promotion councils (MCR&PC and MSRPC), which are responsible for using checkoff funding.


“The grassroots resolution process is very important to what we do at MSGA,” said Bob Worth, MSGA president. “What’s really fun about EXPO is we’re all gathering together as a community and preparing for the year ahead.”

The expo will have more than 80 exhibitors in its trade show and feature panelists and breakout sessions addressing issues related to carbon credits, Farm Bill, nitrogen and water quality and more. The two days will also be filled with presentations from corn and soybean researchers from around the state.

“Minnesota Corn Growers Association is thrilled to participate once again in the annual MN AG EXPO in January,” said Adam Birr, executive director of MCGA. “Our board, council and staff are looking forward to connecting with current and potential members to share the exciting projects we have in store for 2023 — our 45th anniversary year.”

Soybean research presentations:

  • Adam Alford – Utilization of drone technology as a tool to enhance the agricultural learning of future agriculture professionals
  • Andrew Lueck – 2022 Weed Control and Plant Health Multi-Company Demonstration Grant
  • Seth Naeve – Managing IDC with Agronomics and Economics (Yr 2/2)
  • Robert Lee Koch – Cold hardiness of soybean gall midge: Foundations for pest forecasting and cultural control
  • Bob Stupar – New biotechnology to improve and understand soybean traits (YR 2/4)
  • Ryan Miller – Managing Volunteer Corn in Growth Regulator Tolerant Soybean
  • Debalin Sarangi – FY22 Management of Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp in Minnesota Soybean
  • Dean Malvick – Soybean Stem and Root Diseases: Filling the Gaps for Management
  • Senyu Chen – Study of SCN diversity and detection of white soybean cyst nematode for strategically breeding resistant soybean
  • Bruce Potter – Soybean pest management research – SW MN 2022
Researcher's technological tools include genome markers, robots and drones.

Corn research presentations:

  • Center for Sustainable Polymers – Sustainable Polyesters from Corn as Tomorrow’s Advanced Materials
  • Agricultural Bacterial Inoculant Mesocosm Experiment – Mitigating Cold and Warm Season Nitrogen Losses from Corn Systems
  • William Northrop – Ethanol Fuel Advantages for Range Extension of Electrified Vehicles
  • Mikael Elias – Hyperstable Enzyme to Control Plant Diseases
  • Fabian Fernandez – Finding the most profitable and environmentally responsible nitrogen rate
  • Blair Hoseth – Mahnomen Co – “Replicated Manure vs Commercial Fertilizer plot on Corn” (Innovation Grant)
  • Vance Johnson – Wilkin Co – “Wilkin SWCD Soil Health Demonstration Site” (Innovation Grant)
  • Kirk Stueve – Traverse Co – “On-farm Evaluation of Variable Rate Sulfur Application” (Innovation Grant)
  • Gary Feyereisen – USDA ARS – Evaluating Conservation Practice Effectiveness with a Paired Watershed Approach
  • Anthony Hanson – U of MN – “Enhancement of Survey Efforts for Corn Pests in Minnesota”

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