Speakers

 

Brian Arnall

Dr. Arnall’s extension, teaching, and research efforts are focused on precision technologies and nutrient management in all of Oklahoma’s cropping systems with an emphasis in site specific techniques.  He works closely with extension educators and industry personnel to improve nutrient management practices in Oklahoma that will lead to increased profitability of Oklahoma producers.  Dr. Arnall has been involved in sensor based technologies, remote sensing and variable rate application for more than ten years.  He currently has several ongoing studies focused on precision technologies including the developed of methods to use sensor based technologies in canola production and ground truthing the use of sensors and VRT technologies in wheat, corn and sorghum production.

Kent Martin

Kent Martin is a sixth generation farmer/rancher in Northwest Oklahoma. He grows wheat, grain sorghum, rye, forage sorghum, and cowpeas as well as operating an Angus cow/calf operation. He currently acts as a board member of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, vice chair of the Oklahoma Sorghum Association and is a director of the local Farmers Cooperative. In addition to typical farm activities, he own and operates Martin Agronomic and Environmental Consulting, LLC, a consulting business that conducts unique international contract research, provides agronomic legal support, and consults on soil contamination and remediation.

Scott Staggenborg

Agriculture has always been a part of Scott Staggenborg’s life. He first gained an appreciation for crop production systems growing up on a farm near Marysville, Kan. He received a B.S. in agronomy from Kansas State University in 1988, and a M.S. in 1990. Scott earned a Ph.D. in agronomy and crop physiology from Texas Tech University. Scott began his professional career as a Cotton Agronomist in Starkville, Miss., and returned to Kansas as the Northeast Area Extension Crop Specialist. Scott later joined the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy faculty where he worked with a wide ranch of crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, teff, and sorghum. Scott began investigating sorghum as a potential renewable energy crop in the spring of 2007. This resulted in a range of experiences including bioenergy field days, and manager of the panel that determined the largest award in USDA history—the NIFA Bioenergy CAP Grant. Scott currently serves as the director of technical services for Chromatin Inc., where he seeks to improve sorghum as a feed and renewable feedstock.

Phil Stahlman

Dr. Phil Stahlman is a Research Weed Scientist at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center at Hays. He grew up on a family farm in NW Oklahoma and earned a B.S degree in Agronomy from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Weed Science from North Dakota State University and the University of Wyoming. After working 3 years as an Agronomist with North Dakota State University at Minot, he joined Kansas State University in 1975, and was named Research Leader of the Weed Science Project at the formerly named Fort Hays Experiment Station at Hays in 1976.  He continues in that role today. Emphasis of his research is on integrated weed management in dry land cropping systems with a focus in recent years on herbicide resistant weeds.  He is an international known expert on herbicide resistant weeds and has received numerous professional awards and honors.

Jason Warren

Dr. Warren’s research and extension program focuses on soil conservation management practices aimed at reducing environmental impacts of agricultural land management while maintaining or increasing economic viability. These efforts are centered on no-till cropping systems. As such Dr. Warren provides leadership for a multidisciplinary team of agronomist and crop production extension specialist to address challenges for no-till crop production in order to help producers realize the benefits of no-till management resulting from soil moisture conservation. In addition, to his efforts in dryland no-till management, Dr. Warren’s program also works towards evaluating cropping systems management under limited irrigation with current focus on grain sorghum, corn, and wheat. Specifically, this effort works towards optimizing management strategies for subsurface drip irrigation as well as evaluating the economic viability of irrigated grain sorghum vs. corn.

Bob Vanderloo

Bob joined Cargill in 1979 after attending Iowa State University. He had various merchant rolls trading all grains in Toledo, Ohio, Tuscola, IL, and senior merchant rolls in Kansas City and Houston, Texas. In 1990 Vanderloo joined Continental grain in Kansas City where he became Assistant Vice President, Sorghum merchant manager, and later took on additional responsibilities as Marketing Manager for Continental Grain into Mexico. In 1999 he came back to Cargill as a merchant manger and in 2004 became Cargill’s Sorghum Product line manager in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2014 Vanderloo moved back to Olathe, Kansas where he lives today. He has the same rolls as Sorghum Product line manager plus merchant manger for Cargill Houston. Bob is married with three kids and three grandkids.

Sarah Zukoff

Dr. Sarah N. Zukoff is a field crop entomologist who has a dual role in research and extension. She specializes in integrated pest management of key pests of corn, sorghum, wheat, alfalfa and cotton. Her extension efforts focus on providing farmers with sustainable, environmentally sound insect and mite pest management strategies to provide the highest yielding crops possible to feed an ever growing population. Her current research includes characterizing resistance levels among corn feeding pests to Bt toxins and insecticides as well as management of invasive grain pests and tamarisk biocontrol agents.