Agenda

* The following agenda is tentative and subject to change. Please check back regularly for updates *
8:30 am
Registration, coffee/tea, light breakfast
9:00 am
Welcoming remarks
9:05 am
Nitrogen management for high-yielding spring wheat
Presented by Don Flaten and Amy Mangin, University of Manitoba
New high-yielding spring wheat varieties being grown across the prairies challenge traditional nitrogen (N) strategies for profitable production of high yielding milling quality wheat. Don and Amy will discuss recent research in Manitoba that evaluated the most effective and efficient combinations of N application rates, timings and sources for spring wheat production at yields up to 130 bushels per acre. The project also evaluated flag leaf N, NDVI canopy reflectance, chlorophyll meters and soil nitrate as tools to predict yield and protein sufficiency during the growing season. In addition, this study evaluated several innovative soil tests for their ability to predict the amount of organic soil N released by mineralization during the growing season.
10:05 am
The nature of manure, its application and impacts on crops and soils
Presented by Jeff Schoenau, University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources
This presentation will cover nature of manure, its application and impacts on crops and soils of the Canadian prairies using research examples. Manure management practices that optimize benefits of the nutrients and organic matter contained within are emphasized.
11:05 am
NETWORKING BREAK
11:15 am
KEYNOTE: Make soil great again!
Presented by David Lobb, University of Manitoba Department of Soil Science
Soil is a critical and often undervalued resource in agricultural operations. Recent assessments of soil degradation and its cost to agriculture in Canada indicate that soil conservation efforts have fallen far short of expectations. There are a variety of soil management practices available to farmers that can be implemented in a systematic approach to build soil productivity and profitability to ensure the sustainability of farms and the industry. These practices and their implementation will be examined in the context of the challenges facing agriculture.
12:15 pm
Lunch
12:50 pm
Wet/dry soil problems: compaction, salinity and what needs to be done
Presented by Marla Riekman, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives
Excess moisture can negatively affect crop productivity over the long-term, through soil compaction and increased salinity. This presentation will discuss how wet cycles can decrease crop yield even after the soil has dried out and how to best manage for these conditions.
1:50 pm
Intercropping insights
Presented by Derek Axten, Axten Farms, Saskatchewan
Derek will discuss intercropping and his findings related to higher yield, lower disease and better profitability.
2:50 pm
Networking break
3:00 pm
Management practices that promote beneficial soil and plant microorganisms in cropping systems
Presented by Bobbi Helgason, University of Saskatchewan Department of Soil Science
Promotion of advantageous microorganisms in agricultural production is seldom a primary goal in the development of beneficial management practices. However, often practices that promote sustainable and profitable cropping have secondary benefits for soil and plant microbiomes. This presentation will provide examples of how different cropping system management practices affect soil and plant microbiomes in Canadian agroecosystems.
4:00 pm
Soil, Water and Topography Maps (SWAT MAPS): the foundation of variable-rate fertility
Cory Willness, CropPro Consulting
SWAT MAPS are high-resolution soil type maps. It is a single map, developed from layers of soil properties, water dynamics, and topographic models. This is an important map for designing precision soil sampling plans and recommendations for variable-rate fertilizer and seed prescriptions.
5:00 pm
Closing remarks
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