August 5 – 6, 2020


Kansas Applicator Institute: Where applicators and certified crop advisors discuss tomorrow’s precision application – today. Due to COVID-19, only 20 1A exams will be administered and no walk ins will be accepted.

Keynote Speakers

Kent Spor

Kansas Dept. of Agriculture

KDA Core Hour

David Klahr

ProValue Insurance

Basic Safety Around Application Equipment

David Klahr has been involved in agriculture his entire life. David grew up on a diversified family farm consisting of row crop, haying and livestock operations in Northeast Kansas. After graduating from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, David returned to the family farm near Holton, Kansas. David began working for Ag Services, LLC as a safety consultant in 2002 for agribusinesses in Northeast Kansas. In October of 2013, David stepped into the role of Risk Management Area Manager for the former KFSA which is now ProValue Insurance. In his current role of Safety & Compliance Area Manager, David is responsible for supervising several Ag Services Safety Directors, assisting companies in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado with their Risk Management Programs and also assisting with the marking efforts of the Safety & Compliance department of ProValue Insurance. He currently holds the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist designation.

Kevin Donnelly

Kansas State University

Weed Identification

Kevin Donnelly is professor of crop science in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State. He earned his BS and MS at Kansas State in 1972 and 1974. He then taught at Hutchinson Community College for three years. From 1978-1983, he was an instructor while he completed his PhD in agronomy at Colorado State University. For the next 15 years he taught in the Agronomy Department at Oklahoma State University. Donnelly then served as assistant dean of the College of Agriculture for 10 years before returning to teaching agronomy at K-State in 2008. He teaches courses in crop science, crop quality and plant and seed identification. Along with his classes, Donnelly is co-adviser of the Wheat State Agronomy Club and coach of the Crops Team. His extension work involves working with youth programs in agronomy and conducting weed identification programs.

Eric Hanson

Land O Lakes

Roles of Adjuvants & Understanding Insect Mode of Action

Eric Hanson spent the first 9 years of his career as a Crop Consultant in SW Kansas before moving to Michigan to become a retail agronomist for a large Cooperative for 3 years.  He was hired by Land O’Lakes in 2008 as a first a partnered Croplan Genetics DSM, before moving back to Kansas as part of their Agronomy Production Specialist program.  From there he progressed to a role as a WinField Seed and Agronomy Advisor before being selected to his current role in 2013.  Eric covers the western 2/3 of Kansas and Colorado as the Regional Agronomist.

Jeff Whitworth

Kansas State University

Crop Insect Update – 2020

BS-Biology,Kansas Wesleyan University
MS-Entomology,Kansas State University
PhD- Entomology,Kansas State University
Current Position:Extension Specialist,Entomology,Kansas State University

Katie Strathman


Maximizing the Efficacy of Glufosinate Ammonium Herbicide

Katie Strathman is the Technical Service Representative in eastern and central Kansas for BASF. Prior to her current role, Katie worked for BASF at the BASF Midwest research farm in Seymour, IL where she oversaw the technical marketing research trials. Katie holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy-Farm Business Management with a minor in entomology and a Master of Science in Agronomy-Crop Production & Physiology, both from Iowa State University. Having grown up on a corn and soybean farm in northwest Iowa, Katie has roots in agriculture. She currently resides in northeast Kansas where, when her schedule permits, she is a stand-in farmhand for her husband and his family.

Tyler Meyeres

Kansas State University

Application of New 2,4-D and Dicamba Technology

Tyler Meyeres is originally from southeastern Colorado where her family farms and ranches. She received a Bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Oklahoma Panhandle State University in 2018 and a Master’s degree in weed science from Kansas State University in May 2020, where she was advised by Dr. Dallas Peterson, Dr. Sarah Lancaster, and Dr. Vipan Kumar. Her thesis research focused on soybean response to diluted rates of dicamba. She started working towards a PhD under Dr. Sarah Lancaster upon completion of her Master’s degree. For her dissertation research, she will be comparing weed control and economic returns with currently available residual herbicides as influenced by application timing and environment in corn.


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Thursday Afternoon –

Ride and Drive

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Kansas State Fairgrounds | Encampment Building
2000 N. Poplar Street
Hutchinson, KS 67502
(620) 669-3600

Exhibitor Map

Pricing & Value

  • Workshop Only

  • $180
    • Registration Includes:
    • Different pricing for non-members
    • Evening reception
    • Exhibits
    • Equipment Demonstrations
      • and much more…

  • Workshop & Commercial 1A Exam

  • $270
    • Registration Includes:
    • Commercial 1A exam
      • Only 20 exams being offered due to COVID-19
    • Different pricing for non-members
    • Evening reception
    • Exhibits
    • Equipment Demonstrations
      • and much more…

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