SWAC 2019 conference: The Road Ahead

What to see and look for at the 2019 Southwest Agricultural Conference

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Producers attending the 2019 Southwest Agricultural Conference will have their agronomic and farm business mind stimulated. The conference, with the theme: The Road Ahead is coming to the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus on Jan. 3-4.

Speakers will share the latest on topics ranging from nutrient management to marketing, compaction to pest management, precision agriculture to maximizing yields.

A trade show is also scheduled.

Here are some general highlights:

Know your (weed) enemy

  • As herbicide resistant weeds continue to proliferate and diversify, the Scoop on Resistance will cover lessons learned and strategies developed through five decades of resistance management.
  • Talking Plants covers how plants themselves respond to weed pressures, with information from new research on how this can impact your farm.
  • Learn the best ways to handle weeds in your most profitable commodity crop in Corn Weed Control.

Smarter predictions

  • Wading Through the Weather sessions look at how the coming year will be affected by predicted climate trends, and the possible impacts of El Nino in the coming year.
  • Review important agronomic lessons from 2018 and prepare for the next growing season with a panel of top agronomists in Nine for ’19.
  • Attend Marketing Madness to get a handle on what prices and pressures will be in 2019.

Making new tech work

  • Precision agriculture strategies can be costly, but they can also save you money. Making Precision Ag Pay experts illustrate where and how those strategies can be used to your financial benefit.
  • Learn to interpret data-intensive soil maps and use them to make useful management decisions during Predictive Mapping.
  • Satellites, Yields and Management discussions will provide a behind-the-scenes look at satellite imagery technology, and what it can do for your farm.

Be a virtual attendee

SWAC organizers are offering an expanded livestream option for this year’s event. Those unable to attend in person can remotely watch 28 different live and previously recorded sessions.

Registration is available until Dec. 7. See the Southwest Ag Conference website.

About the author


Matt McIntosh

Matt is a freelance writer based between Essex County and Chatham-Kent. He is interested in all things scientific, as well as rock n' roll, hunting and history. He also works with his parents on their sixth-generation family farm.



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