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Grain market outlook and strategies for 2020
Stacy Campbell
Stacy Campbell

Grain marketing is no easy task, the more information one has can be useful in making those difficult marketing decisions. One mission of any land grant university such as K-State is to provide unbiased research based information. 

K-State grain market economist Dan O’Brien will discuss the current market overview and price prospects of corn, sorghum, wheat and soybeans; and the 2020 marketing strategies and opportunities – from USDA Jan. 10 and forward. Then local elevator merchandisers will have a panel presentation and discussion on basis trends and local market factors. As always there will be time for questions and answers from the audience during the program. 

Two of these programs will be offered by the Cottonwood Extension District in Hays and Great Bend on Jan. 7, in Hays at the Agricultural Research Center, 1232 240th Ave. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. the program will run from 12:15 to 2:45 p.m. A complimentary noon meal will be provided by sponsors. 

Following in Great Bend at American Ag Credit, 5634 10th Street. Registration at 5:30 p.m. (complimentary supper) program starts at 6 to 8:30 p.m. 

RSVP is requested for meal count by Friday, Jan. 3, for either location at 785-628-9430 or email Stacy Campbell 

K-State Soybean Schools in January 2020

A series of six K-State Soybean Production Schools will be offered in January to provide in-depth training targeted for soybean producers and key-stakeholders. The schools are sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission. Shown below is the school that is closest to Barton County and the surrounding area in Salina. Other schools are located at Smith Center, Mulvane, Emporia, Atchison and Marysville. 

The schools will cover a number of issues facing soybean growers including: weed control, crop production practices, nutrient management and soil fertility, insects, disease management, and market outlook.

Jan. 13, Monday - Salina, KS - 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Webster Conference Center, 2601 North Ohio Street. Contact: Jay Wisbey,

RSVP by Jan. 8 

On-site registration will begin 30 minutes prior to the program start time listed above. A meal will be provided courtesy of our sponsors. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to pre-register, if possible, for the school they plan to attend. Online registration is available at K-State Soybean Schools ( or by calling the Central Kansas District, Salina office at 785-309-5850. CCA and CEU credits have been applied for.

Stacy Campbell is an Agriculture and Natural Resources agent for Cottonwood Extension District. Email him at or call the Hays office, 785-628-9430.