SFU Speakers | Pierre, SD | Dec 13th

Clubhouse Hotel & Suites | Thursday, December 13th | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

John Sandbakken
National Sunflower Association (NSA)
Executive Director

Presentation Title:
Sunflower Industry Updates
Presentation Overview:
World markets and acres, insurance coverage updates for sunflower growers, benefits of the NSA to growers
Bio: John Sandbakken became Executive Director of the National Sunflower Association located in Mandan, North Dakota USA in January 2012. Previous to this he was the International Marketing Director for sixteen years. The National Sunflower Association is a combination of United States sunflower growers and industry members. NSA is a non-profit agricultural organization working in the areas of market development, education, production and utilization research. Previous to working at NSA, Mr. Sandbakken worked for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Division for eleven years, heading the division for the last seven years. In that position, he assisted various commodity groups and private companies in their international marketing programs.

Jared Pokrzywinski/Rick Ekins
Regional Market Manager/Precisions Platform Manager

Presentation Title:
In-Furrow Protection so Advanced, Its Simple
Presentation Overview:
New developments for sunflowers: including a label expansion within the existing insecticide/bio fungicide portfolio and the revolutionary 3Rive 3D in-row delivery system — all slated to be labeled and available for the 2019 season and beyond.
Jared Pokrzywinski is a Certified Crop Advisor who graduated from the University of Minnesota in Crookston Minnesota with a degree in Plant Industry Management with an emphasis in Agronomy. During his time at UMC, Jared also trained with UND to become a pilot and eventually an aerial applicator (crop duster). After college, Jared worked several years as the manager of a large aerial application company that is based in multiple states. Later, Jared changed rolls and worked as an agronomist and location manager, and most recently as the Agronomy Division Manager of a Co-Op before making the switch to FMC 3 years ago. Jared is currently a Retail Market Manager for FMC Corporation covering the heart of sunflower country in South Central North Dakota and North Central South Dakota. Bio: Rick Ekins is the application and innovations platform lead for FMC who has been part of the company for over 18 years. With previous experience managing the FMC fungicide and insecticide portfolios, Ekins has a deep understanding of the company’s capabilities and is now engaged in the precision platform segment of the business. The Michigan State University alum leads a team focused on delivering precision and reliability to FMC customers beyond chemistry with cutting-edge technology including the 3RIVE 3D® application system and PrecisionPac® application innovation.

Derek Cottrill
Technical Service
Presentation Title:
We Create Chemistry
Presentation Overview:
The struggles sunflower growers encounter and the products that BASF has to help or could be coming down the pipeline. What does Clearfield Plus mean and how it can benefit a grower.

Dan Oberholtzer        
Seed Merchant
Presentation Title:
Oilseed Crush Overview
Presentation Overview:
Market outlook for 2019 and beyond, end-user influences and demand changes for NuSun and High Oleic.
Bio: Dan Oberholtzer is a native of Mohall, ND where he grew up on a family farm. He has an Ag Economics B.S. & M.S. from NDSU. His past experience includes 8 years in different aspects of the ag supply chain. He and his wife have 2 boys, ages 3 and 1.

Dr. Page Klug
Research Wildlife Biologist
Presentation Title:
Tools and Methods Research in Wildlife Damage Management: Blackbirds & Sunflower
Presentation Overview: Recent research in managing the blackbird-sunflower conflict (i.e., unmanned aircraft systems [UAS] as frightening devices or vehicles for other tools, anthraquinone-based repellents in sunflower and application issues even with the use of drop nozzles, “sonic nets” to reduce blackbird damage to sunflower) and how the tools or methods may or may not help sunflower growers.
Bio: Page Klug is a Research Wildlife Biologist and the Field Station Leader for the ‘Birds and Agriculture’ Project of the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) North Dakota Field Station. NWRC is the U.S. Government agency dedicated to conducting research aimed at resolving conflicts between wildlife and people and is considered the research arm of the Wildlife Services (WS), within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal Health and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS). Page is located in Fargo, ND and housed within the Biological Sciences Department at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Page is responsible for researching and developing tools and methods to reduce avian damage to agriculture. Her research in avian damage management is involves a variety of novel methods, such as 1) drop-nozzles to apply avian repellent, 2) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS; or drones) as a hazing device or as a vehicle for other hazing devices, 3) ‘sonic nets’ using sound to disrupt avian communication, and many more ideas to come. Page has been with NWRC for 3 years and has worked as a wildlife biologist for over 15 years with graduate degrees in Biology from the University of Nebraska and Kansas State University.

Dr. Adam Varenhorst
SDSU Assistant Professor
Extension Field Crop Entomologist
Presentation Title:
Red sunflower seed weevils, wireworms and pollinators
Presentation Overview:
An in-depth look on belowground efficacy research on wireworms, the most up-to-date information on pollinators in sunflowers and what all this talk is about on pyrethroid resistance in pockets of red sunflower seed weevils
Bio: Dr. Adam Varenhorst is an Assistant Professor and Extension Field Crop Entomologist at South Dakota State University. The focus of his research in sunflowers is evaluating existing insecticide options for pest management and determining the pollinator community that visit sunflowers.

Paul Drache
Central Life Sciences
Regional Manager
Presentation Title: No Bugs On My Watch
Presentation Overview:
Keeping a sunflower field during the growing season free of harmful insects is important, but so is keeping the grain bug free once it’s harvested and in the bin.
I grew up on a farm/feedlot at Baker, Minnesota, and have been involved with agriculture ever since.  After working on several farms and a larger farm/ranch at the age of 27 I attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where I graduated in 1990 with a BA in Business Administration and Speech Communications and Theater Arts.  After graduation I worked for DeKalb/Monsanto for 15 years in Minnesota as a District Manager, taking my territory from less than 2% market share to over 45% in that time frame.  I then worked for Cargill Ag Horizons in Minnesota and Syngenta Seeds in Colorado, and the western nine States, before joining Central Life Sciences in 2010 as a Regional Manager covering 10 states from Minnesota to Texas promoting “BUGFREEGRAINS.” Today because of the growth at CLS we have added head counts so my territory today is Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming. I have been awarded the Bronco Buster award the last two years for outstanding sales growth.  The biggest part of my job today is educating people on protecting their commodities from stored grain pests, as one elevator manager put it “we store grain of course we have bugs”.   My main goal has always been to help others be able to increase their profitability by using the products I promote.  “When others do better we all benefit.” Paul lives in Greeley, Colorado with his wife Lisa and their 15 year old daughter. They have 4 daughters, 2 son-in-law’s and 9 grandchildren.

Ryan Buetow
NDSU Extension
Cropping Systems Specialist
Presentation Title: National Sunflower Survey: An Overview
Presentation Overview:
Every two years a National Survey is conducted in all counties that grow sunflowers. The results of this survey help us take an in depth look at trends among growers, major issues that may be arising and factors inhibiting yield.
Ryan Buetow is the NDSU Extension Cropping Systems Specialist at the NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center. Buetow attended North Dakota State University, where he pursued an undergraduate degree in crop and weed science and a master’s degree in plant sciences working under Dr. Hans Kandel in nitrogen management in soybean and dry bean. He is currently working towards a PhD at NDSU in plant sciences with Dr. Joel Ransom working with factors impacting stand establishment in wheat. Along with this work he is also helping coordinate the National Sunflower Survey, working on observing the effects of rotation, nitrogen, and fungicide on foliar diseases of barley, strategies to reduce soil salinity/sodicity, impact of aluminum toxicity on wheat, nutrient management and effect of plant population on soybean, methods of teff stand establishment, and observing effects of crop rotation and seed treatment on wheat. Buetow also coordinates demonstration plots on a variety of cover crop species. Buetow is originally from Cologne, MN.

Lee Moran
Hamilton Systems
Commercial Sales/Project Manager
Presentation Title: Key to Successful Sunflower Harvest
Presentation Overview: How to have a successful sunflower harvest

Dr. Febina Mathew
SDSU Assistant Professor
Extension Field Crop Pathologist
Presentation Title: Sunflower Diseases: 2.0
Presentation Overview:
Sunflower disease update with an emphasis on Phomopsis
Febina Mathew is an Assistant Professor and the Field Crops Pathologist in the Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science at SDSU, Brookings, SD. She has her masters and doctoral degree in plant pathology from NDSU, Fargo, ND. At SDSU, she is working on pathogen diversity and developing management strategies to improve the productivity of soybean, sunflower, and other broad-leaf crops in South Dakota. She also teaches an undergraduate/graduate course on Field Crop Diseases and Management at SDSU.