Dr. Fred Below gets excited about what he calls “the perfect crop”: corn. His enthusiasm for corn, and the power of his presentation, helps you see how producers could ultimately have eye-popping yields of 300 bushels an acre, Below predicts.
“If a scientist had to start from scratch to create a food-producing plant with the most flexibility and the highest responsiveness to management, the results would be corn. It’s the highest yielding crop in the world,” he says.
Dr. Below, who is Professor of Plant Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will bring his compelling corn production insights to AG CONNECT Expo, at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, in January next year.
The expo is a world class event that brings together experts in the agricultural industry to share experiences and skills in the latest in equipment, technology, ideas and innovations from all areas of agriculture production, all around the globe. Meanwhile, a public relations Agency, Niche PR has been commissioned to lead a delegation of exhibitors and trade visitors from Nigeria to the event.
Last year, Niche PR organized a delegation of more than forty industry stakeholders to Florida- the maiden edition of AG Connect. The Expo will be a good networking platform for people who want to import agricultural equipment and export agricultural produce and also learn relevant technologies for mechanized agriculture.
The chief executive of Niche PR, Mrs. Marcella Iyitor, in a chat with journalists said with the visit of Ms Dagmar Fleming, Director, Global Business Development, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) to Nigeria earlier in the year to promote the event, that she believes that more Nigerian farmers and stakeholders will benefit from the outcomes of the expo.
Below will be joined in the presentation by Dr. Don Horneck, Associate Professor and Extension Agronomist, Oregon State University. Horneck will discuss his new research on fall and spring nitrogen applications under center pivot irrigation.
Below said he plans to have early data from the 2010 harvest when he shares with attendees the “Seven Wonders of the Corn Yield World” for optimizing crop management and yield at AG CONNECT Expo 2011.
“Science_based agriculture will show the way to feed the earth’s increasing population, and corn will be a keystone to that effort. We need to double food production in 20 years but we can’t do it without biotech,” Below said. “And corn is the crop that is most amenable to modern scientific biotech management.”