Commodity Classic in San Antonio this year was full of great events, learning sessions and new products at the trade show, not to mention warmth and sunshine! More than 7,300 farmers attended the annual convention and took in sessions about increasing yield, weed management, farm transition, marketing mistakes, using the cloud, getting more out of seed and cover crops, among others.
Farmers attending the conference also had the chance to check out the latest products and hear from many ag companies at the trade show. From precision ag to big iron, commodity groups to seed offerings, chemical companies to micronutrient groups, attendees had exposure to lots of different products for their farms.
1. San Antonio sunrise
The sun was ready to welcome Commodity Classic attendees on the first day of the show. Overall, more than 7,300 people attended the annual show.
2. Vilsack thanks farmers
<p>Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke to farmers at the general session on Friday, thanking them for their hard work, whether it be on the farm bill or instilling values in their children.</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/agriculture-secretary-thanks-farm... target="_blank">Read more about Vilsack thanking farmers and his comments on the farm bill. </a></strong></p>
3. Convention center
This year's Classic was held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, right along the Riverwalk.
4. FarmLogs app update
<p>While at Commodity Classic, we talked to many different companies. CSD Digital Editor Jen Koukol spoke with FarmLogs co-founder Jesse Vollmar about the new app updates for FarmLogs: field specific rainfall and crop history. </p>
<p><strong><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/precision-ag/farmlogs-app-update-field-s... target="_blank">Hear what Vollmar says about the updates, and the FarmLogs app and website.</a></strong></p>
5. Trade show
<p>This year's trade show featured a record-high 301 companies, covering 126,000 square feet of space, also a record.</p>
6. Succession planning
<p>One of the sessions we attended was about successful farm succession/transition planning. The room was packed; every seat filled, and wall space was at a minimum. Kevin Spafford, eLegacy Connect, talked to farmers about the 5 keys to effective farm succession planning.</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/5-keys-effective-succession-plann... target="_blank">Read Spafford's keys and tips for successful farm transition.</a></strong></p>
7. Remember the Alamo!
<p>Just a short walk from the conference center stands one of the most memorable buildings in history: The Alamo.</p>
8. Ed Usset on marketing mistakes
<p>CSD columnist and grain marketing expert Ed Usset (middle in photo) spoke to a full room of farmers about the top 5 grain marketing mistakes made. He offered humor along with realistic examples of different marketing types, and how those play out over time. Ed's key take away: "I'm looking for actions that pay off over time, not every time."</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/5-common-mistakes-grain-market... target="_blank">Hear what Usset had to say about the five most common grain marketing mistakes.</a></strong></p>
9. Long-horn steer
<p>It's not Texas without long-horns! <em>CSD</em> Marketing Coordinator Heather Rossow and Digital Editor Jen Koukol were pretty excited about a photo op with a real-live long-horn while in town for the Classic. It was a first for both of them, and the steer even looked at the camera!</p>
10. Global grains outlook
<p>At the trade show, we stopped by the Rabo Agrifinance booth to talk to Sterling Liddell. He offered an outlook on the corn and soybean market for spring, a year from now and looking further out.</p>
<p><strong><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/marketing/corn-soybean-global-outlook-20... target="_blank">Hear what Liddell has to say about the corn and soybean market in the near and long-term future.</a></strong></p>
11. San Antonio Riverwalk
<p>The Riverwalk area of San Antonio is beautiful! So many restaurants and shops, and vendors set up selling their goods.</p>