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Preparing for Planting: Managing Early Season Stressors to Unlock Yield Potential

CEU Credits: 1 |
Crop Management
Published 04/23/2020
| Course Duration: 50:55

Seed is a grower’s largest initial input cost and must be protected to ensure yield potential. After successful completion of this course, you’ll be able to share with your customers:

  • The impact of planting in cold, wet soils
  • How phosphorus can assist with early season growth and development
  • How to protect seedlings from insects and diseases
  • Insecticide and fungicide options that readily mix with starter fertilizer
  • How to achieve weed control through soybean canopy


Brandon Schrage

Brandon Schrage

FMC, Technical Service Manager

Brandon Schrage was raised on a small family farm in Southern Illinois. He has advanced degrees in Plant and Soil Science, Weed Science, Crop Science and Entomology from Southern Illinois University — Carbondale, the University of Arkansas, and North Carolina State University. Brandon is a certified pesticide applicator, certified crop consultant, certified commercial drone pilot, volunteer fire fighter, and Knight of Columbus. In his current role, he is responsible for research and development, technical training and sales support in the Great Plains with focus on Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming cropping systems.

Corey Klaphake

Corey Klaphake

CHS Agronomy, Technical Product Specialist

Corey Klaphake received his B.S. in Crop and Weed Science from North Dakota State University in 2015. Since March of 2015 he has worked for the former West Central Distribution, LLC and now CHS Inc. He started out in West Central’s Product Development group as the company’s Product Registration Coordinator. During this time, he became involved in research and development of new products. In October 2016 Corey moved to Champaign, Illinois and started a new position as a Technical Specialist. He currently covers Western Illinois and Iowa.

Joe Short

Joe Short

Valent, Soybean Crop Marketing Manager

Joe Short grew up on a corn, soybean, and livestock farm in Northeast Iowa which his family still owns and operates today. He received a BS in Agricultural Business from Iowa State University. Upon Graduating, Joe began his professional career in animal health, operating in varying sales roles, engaging with larger producers, veterinarians, and consultants in the Midwest. For the past 15 years, Joe has been working in marketing and business management within the crop protection industry. Prior to joining Valent U.S.A, Joe moved to the Netherlands for a global marketing role that took him to Brazil, Argentina, Central America and Europe for business-development initiatives. Today, Joe manages the crop marketing team at Valent USA and specifically manages the soybean marketing for Valent.