Commodity Classic Learning Center Session: Break Through Yield Barriers: Production Practices for High-Yield Acres Nationwide

Join us to hear a diverse panel of seasoned yield champions and the next generation of superstar growers discuss their approach to season-long crop management and breaking yield barriers. Participate in the discussion with real-time audience polling. Session attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to win product for a free START-GROW-FINISH sample program.*

When and Where

  • Thursday, March 2, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
  • Commodity Classic Learning Center, Room 217
  • San Antonio Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Panel Bios

Dan Arkels

Arkels farms 3,250 acres of corn and soybeans in Peru, Illinois. In 2014, he became the first Illinois grower to produce more than 100 bu/A soybeans. In 2015, he won the NCGA No-Till/Strip-Till division in Illinois with 290 bu/A corn. This is his third year participating on the panel.

Casey Hook

A first-time panelist, Hook is a second-generation grower and farms 1,400 acres of soybeans, corn, rice and cotton in Lake City, Arkansas. He and his father have placed first and second in the Northeast Delta division of the Arkansas Soybean Association Yield Challenge the last three years.

Perry Galloway

Galloway farms 10,000 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and rice in Gregory, Arkansas. He is an annual state and national yield contest champion. His commercial aerial application business covers more than 200,000 acres annually. This is his second year participating on the panel.

Zack Rendel

Rendel and his family farm 5,000 acres of corn, sorghum, soybeans, canola and wheat on a sixth-generation family farm established in Miami, Oklahoma, in 1853. Rendel Farms has won multiple state sorghum yield contests on dryland acres, and Zack is currently experimenting with new practices to push yield production. He is a first-time panelist.

Ken Root


A 2014 National Association of Farm Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee, Ken Root is senior farm broadcaster with the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network. Ken has received multiple honors for his work, including two Oscars in Agriculture and was named Farm Broadcaster of the Year in 2009.

Steven Albracht


A past panelist, Albracht will assume the role of co-moderator for the 2017 discussion. He manages 5,400 acres of corn, sorghum and triticale in Hart, Texas, and has won 11 national yield titles. In 2014, his corn yield of 459 bu/A earned him second place in the NCGA Corn Yield Contest Division I: Irrigated Category. In 2016, he produced the second-highest overall sorghum yield in the nation and placed first overall in Texas.

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Start Beating Your Own Yield Records at Booth #2242

After the Learning Center, visit Stoller Booth #2242 to create your own custom full-season Start-Grow-Finish program.
Our agronomists will be on hand to provide expert advice, and you’ll receive a free multi-function flashlight. We’ll also have T-shirts and other giveaways throughout the show.

*Sample program not to exceed 80 acres.

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