December 3-5, 2019
TCU Place, Saskatoon, SK

New this year at the Farm Forum Event is Agronomy Day, Tuesday, December 3, with programming developed to ensure you have the tools to help you make better decisions about complex agronomic challenges. Earn CEU Credits* and network with your peers all while keeping up-to-date on the latest research and innovation in the field.

*pending approval

PROGRAM

Programming for Agronomy Day is being organized by Glacier FarmMedia’s award-winning team of agricultural journalists and thought leaders to ensure it includes what you need to know to grow your business and serve your customers.  Program details include keynote speakers, table talks, networking and agronomy-based breakout sessions.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Keynote Speakers

Set the scene with an insightful keynote message from Martin Entz, PhD, PAg, FCSA, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba, who will kick off the theme for the day with his message, The changing landscape for agronomy: integrated solutions for complex problems

Field of Excellence Research Results

See in-depth results tailored to agronomists from the Field of Excellence trials at the Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm, home of Ag in Motion. Focus will be placed on the decision support tools used throughout the trials.

Breakout Sessions

Explore topics that are relevant to you and your business with agronomy-based breakout session topics like precision and digital farming, soil health and nutrition, growing better crops, regenerative agriculture and management.

CEU CREDITS

The Farm Forum Event has applied for approval to offer Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Continuing Education Units (CEU) for many sessions throughout the three-day conference. Watch the website for details.

For more information about CCA CEU:

SCHEDULE

Keynote
}8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

The Changing Landscape for Agronomy: Integrated Solutions for Complex Problems

Speaker: Martin Entz, PhD, P Ag, FCSA, Professor, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba

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Martin will draw from the long-term cropping systems research at the University of Manitoba and elsewhere to discuss how natural systems approaches can work with modern technology to support resilient agriculture. He will emphasize the role of farmers in generating knowledge about integrated solutions.
Breakout
}9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing better crops

New Tools to Manage Blackleg in Canola

Speaker: Justine Cornelsen, Agronomy Specialist, Canola Council of Canada

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Blackleg in canola is prevalent across the prairies and in recent years some fields have seen an increase in incidence of this plant disease. There are lots of tools to help manage blackleg and some new ones that have been brought forth for the industry to use. There are 5 main best management practices that producers should consider to help protect yield from this silent, yield robbing plant disease.
}9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing better crops

The Promise of Winter Crops: Extending the Growing Season, Increasing Yield Potentials and Out Compete Weeds

Speaker: Ken Greer, MSc. PAg, Principal and Founder, Western Ag

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Farmers are forced to manage the ever widening weather variability. Winter crops are more genetically plastic and allow seedlings to grow late into the fall, fixing carbon and taking up vital nutrients right until freeze up. Assuming there is enough winter hardiness, the spring regrowth of these crops can begin much earlier than any spring planted crop. All of this leads to more potential growth, yield, and weed competition.
}9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery D Main Level

Precision and digital farming

Top 10 Myths of Precision Ag

Speaker: Cory Willness, President - Croptimistic Technology Inc

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Do you want garnish - buzzwords, fancy data graphics and promises of digital ag supremacy? Or do you want meat and potatoes - tried and tested real farm solutions for uses of digital ag tech? Learn how to order from the digital ag menu without disappointment.
}9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery Suite I Main Level

Regenerative agriculture

Monetizing Regenerative Cropping Practices on a Commercial Scale

Speaker: Brenda Tjaden, Founder & CEO of Sustainable Grain

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New markets are emerging for food ingredients that can be shown to be superior in terms of safety and nutrition. This comes as a result of growing crops in well-balanced soils within a biodiverse ecosystem. Brenda will review some basic regenerative cropping tactics, their budgets and profitability potential.
}9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Blair Nelson Room Upper Level

Management

Understanding Corporations – The Whole Story

Speaker: Lance Stockbrugger, CPA, CA, Producer & Chartered Accountant

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Corporations can be very valuable in saving taxes now but they are only a deferral of personal taxes. If treated correctly, they can provide value, if treated poorly, they can cause stress and higher taxes in the long run. Learn how to use them for what they are, a deferral.
}9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing the Future

ConnEct the Dots – Find Balance – CRUSH the AgronomicS

Speaker: Elston Denzil Solberg, M.Sc., P.Ag., Co-founder, Earth Dirt Soil; President of Sun Mountain Inc.

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Strap yourself in for a hard core 4D thinking like a plant experience. You will leave this presentation smarter than 97% of agronomists on the planet. Elston 'may' expose his confirmation bias around elemental sulphur, especially Bio-Sul. Simple Agronomics, Logistics, Economics, Sustainable - no brainer.
Networking
}10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Breakout
}11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing the Future

Past, Present and Future of Precision Agriculture

Speaker: Terry Aberhart, CCA, CEO, Aberhart Farms & Sure Growth Technologies; Managing Partner, Aberhart Ag Solutions

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In this session Terry will share his experiences and insight as a Precision Agronomist and Owner/Operator of Sure Growth Solutions Inc., an independent precision agronomy service and research provider, and Aberhart Farms Inc., a progressive 15,000 acre dry land grain operation near Langenburg, SK. Terry will review the past decade of challenges and successes with precision agriculture and variable rate programs and technology, the current focus of precision ag as well as the future opportunities in the next decade to come.
}11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil health and nutrition

Response of Pulse Crops to Seed-Row Placed Fertilizers

Speaker: Jeff Schoenau, PhD, PAg, FAIC, Professor, Department of Plant Science, University of Saskatchewan & SMA Chair

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This presentation covers the results of recent controlled environment and field trial studies in Saskatchewan that assessed the emergence, growth and nutrient uptake response of pulse crops to N, P, S containing fertilizer products and blends placed in the seed-row as starters. Crops evaluated included lentil, pea, chickpea, black bean and soybean.
}11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery D Main Level

Precision and digital farming

What You Didn’t Know, and What You Need to Know to Control Soil Erosion and Increase Profits

Speaker: Dr. David Lobb, Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba

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Wind and water erosion aren't the only forms of soil erosion cutting into your soil productivity. Crop residue cover is only part of what you need to manage with conservation tillage. In spite of your best soil conservation efforts, the cost of soil loss to your crop profitability has likely increased rather than decreased. A lot has changed in our understanding of soil conservation over the past thirty years, demanding innovation in equipment, practices, policies and programs in crop production systems.
}11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery Suite I Main Level

Regenerative agriculture

Mixed Grain Intercrops: The Value Proposition

Speaker: Lana Shaw, PAg MSc, Research Manager, South East Research Farm

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This presentation will be an overview on intercropping trends on the prairies and intercropping research for several combinations of crops. Practical considerations like seeding, harvesting, storage, and separation will be discussed along with implications for crop sequences, crop protection, and insurance.
}11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing better crops

New Cereal Varieties for Western Canada

Speaker: Jim Downey, R&D Manager for SeCan

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A review of new and upcoming cereal varieties.
}11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing better crops

Growing Corn: Finding Success on the Prairies

Speaker: Morgan Cott, Field Agronomist, Manitoba Corn Growers Association

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Grain corn thrives in long-season zones with ample heat, precipitation and sunshine. Grain corn on the prairies doesn't always receive those three things. Here we will discuss how and when to get a successful crop in the "non-traditional" corn growing areas in the Canadian Prairies.
Lunch and Keynote
}12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Lunch

}12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

A Conversation

Speaker: Bryce Eger, President, Corteva Agriscience Canada

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A discussion with Bryce Eger, President of Corteva Agriscience Canada about the company's purpose, what it means to be a pure-play ag company, and its focus on farmers and consumers.
Breakout
}1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing better crops

Managing the Weed Seed bank

Speaker: Christian J. Willenborg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan

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Dr. Willenborg will cover the importance of managing the weed seed bank and the role that seed predators can play in seed bank management. More specifically, he will cover the weed seed production and its contribution to the seed bank, the importance of managing this seed contribution, and the integral role of invertebrate seed predators. The presentation will touch on a bit of the ecology of seed predators, and spend some time looking at ways growers and agronomists can help create a functional ecosystem to enhance seed predator numbers in their fields.
}1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery D Main Level

Precision and digital farming

IoT Applications for Agriculture

Speaker: Guy Ash, Pessl Global Training and Key Accounts Manager

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Internet of Things (IoT) revolution in agriculture is allowing farmers and agronomist the ability to manage on farm and in field issues like never before to increase profitability. Better known as digital/smart farming, it involves the use of a set of solutions to manage issues – actionable tools to increase profitability. Since Digital/Smart farming has only really begun to scratch the surface of potential applications, we are going to highlight some of the current solutions. This includes some well know application like infield weather stations and soil moisture probes to more obscure technologies like automated insect traps, mobile soil labs, crop cameras and poultry monitoring. Like any other new industry, the number of holistic solutions continues to grow rapidly, and some of them will never make it to market. The key for Digital/Smart agriculture is to have the necessary solutions to react in a timely fashion, throughout the growing season, to adjust management practices and ultimately increase profitability.
}1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Blair Nelson Room Upper Level

Management

RRR… Managing the People Side of Agribusiness

Speaker: Leah Knibbs, BAdm, MBA, CPHR, CMC, CPC, Owner Kn/a HR Consulting and Partner Kn/a Sourcing People

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Money, capital (land, stock, etc.), and people are your primary resources you manage that impact your success. Often, it is the management of the people side of business that brings the most challenges and exciting possibilities. Join Leah in an engaging discussion on recruitment, retention and results – the three key “R”s - to consider when managing people. In this session, you will learn about some of the issues around the three R’s, what you might do to address them and ultimately manage the people side of business more effectively. Learn how to use the three R’s to help you reach new heights as a leader in agribusiness and to inspire your team to their greatest potential.
}1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing the Future

The Future of an Agronomist – What will you be doing in 2030?

Speaker: Craig Davidson, President & Founding Partner, Taurus Agricultural Marketing Inc.

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Agriculture has changed and will continue to change at a rapid pace. Never before have all levels of agricultural production been under the spotlight more than today. How we as an agricultural community go on the offensive to insure the success and prosperity in the next 10 years of production? If growers have to adapt, so will agronomists.
}1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil health and nutrition

Raising the Bar on Legumes with Soil Biology

Speaker: Mike Dolinski, M.Sc., M.P.M., Director of Science & Innovation, Taurus Ag

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Dig deeper in understanding the biological process of legumes and the most important biological processes on earth. Biological nitrogen fixation by rhizobial bacteria forming nodules is the primary mechanism by which nitrogen is supplied to crops on a global basis. How this process is performed in the nodule; how it varies between plant species; and the factors influencing growth and performance, are not generally understood by many farmers and agronomists. This presentation using Mike’s microscopic photographs will update agronomists on this amazing phenomenon and allow them to assist their clients improve/support nitrogen fixation in their legume crops.
Networking
}2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Keynote
}3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

ROI and Human Face of Precision Technology: Help your clients choose tools that will offer the best return for their investment

Speaker: Terry Griffin, PhD, Cropping Systems Economist, Kansas State University

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Not all farmers were born equally or endowed with the same skillsets. Some farmers began operations before cell phones whole others were born after the internet. Knowing the generational attributes and life cycle stages of farmers helps guide recommendations for ag technology utilization.
Breakout
}3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing the Future

SWAT MAPS: Mapping your soil potential

Speaker: Wes Anderson, P.Ag., Senior Fertility Specialist with CropPro Consulting

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Summary: SWAT MAPS is a unique, patented method of combining soil, water, and topography data layers into one powerful map for use in precision ag. It allows the influence of stable soil and water properties on yield variability to be measured and more importantly, managed. By mapping the “soil potential” in your field, SWAT MAPS empowers agronomists and farmers using variable rate technology to improve the ROI of fertilizer, seed, amendments, and soil applied herbicides for better profitability and environmental sustainability.
}3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Blair Nelson Room Upper Level

Management

Stressful Encounters: Recognizing the signs and how to respond

Speaker: Gerry Friesen, The Recovering Farmer

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We live in a fast paced industry where things are always changing. It is tough to get what we want. It is tough to keep up. At times it is simply a matter of survival. This chaos we work in and live in can have a detrimental effect on our health and our wellbeing. In addition to the chaos in our own lives, we work with people that have an abundance of stressors at the best of time and often more than they can handle at the worst of times. As front-line workers you are often the first to become aware when a client is struggling and responding in a sensitive way can be difficult. All of this can take a toll and as the body and mind become weary our behaviours have a tendency to change. Our expectations for ourselves increase. Our expectations for others increase. Through stories and research discover ways in which to recognize and respond to stress in your clients and yourself.
}3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery Suite I Main Level

Regenerative agriculture

Every Crop Requires Micronutrients. Are yours getting enough?

Speaker: Markus Braaten, CCA, Crop Manager, Yara North America

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The essentialness of micronutrients is inarguable. Although required in significantly smaller amounts than macronutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous or potassium; zinc, copper and boron, to name a few micros, are critical for plants to grow and produce optimally. Despite recognition of universal micronutrient need, and efforts communicate the concept using “Liebigs Law of Minimum” and “Hidden Hunger,” we often are uncertain if micros are nothing more than pixy dust. Join Markus Braaten of Yara North America as we demystify micronutrients and learn how complete nutrition that considers all nutrients can maximum crop health, productivity and, most importantly, grower profitability.
}3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing better crops

NutriScan™ – Real-Time Soil Diagnostics Have Arrived in Canada

Speaker: Dan Owen, Director of Market Development and Agronomy, ATP Nutrition

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Only 19% of the fields in Western Canada are being tested on an annual basis. Why is this number so low? Market research shows there are a few contributing factors, including the ease of conducting a soil test, the expense associated with thorough testing, a lack of time, and the difficulty of turning data into actions. Agtech is changing the paradigm of soil testing and increasing the number of samples being taken. There is now an in-field, real-time soil tester coming to the market in 2020, and it has been calibrated for Western Canadian soils. NutriScan uses proven sensor technology combined with artificial intelligence learning. NutriScan not only measures N, P and K, but also soil physical properties like pH, CEC, and organic carbon, along with intermediate nutrients (Ca, Mg and S) and the full line of micronutrients—all of this in the field in 10 minutes.
}3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil health and nutrition

Soil Matters

Speaker: Don Lobb, P.Ag.(Hon), Farmer

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For the first time in history, we have the capacity to produce food in a sustainable way. Yet, too many farmers and their influencers cling to old ways and values. Soil productivity is slipping away. This has a consequence for everyone – now, and long into the future.
}3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing better crops

Digitizing the Field of Excellence: New Infrastructure and insights from Year 1

Speaker: Blake Weiseth, MSc PAg, Director of Research and Demonstration, Ag in Motion

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This presentation provides an overview of the various sensor and data collection equipment that has been installed in the Field of Excellence. Key observations from the inaugural field season highlight the potential these tools have to assist producers in making meaningful decisions on their farm.
Networking
}4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking, Cash Bar

Dinner Reception and a Fireside Chat
}6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Salon A Upper Level

Fireside Chat: Political Risks to Modern Agriculture

Speaker: Brad Wall, 14th Premier of Saskatchewan

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Join Brad Wall for a fireside chat to discuss the challenges facing modern agriculture conveyed for the most part by ENGO’s. There is a cautionary tale for modern agriculture in the recent history of the Canadian oil and gas sector. There is already strong evidence that the challenges have successfully begun. National marketing campaigns based on non-scientific and non- factual assertions on anti-biotics and hormones and pervasive false marketing regarding GMOs are evidence of this. Agriculture in Canada has a number of very effective advocacy group. Is it time to come together and support a singular effort to respond to these challenges and to proactive advocate for our sustainable practices and economic importance?
Entertainment
}8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Ag Rocks for Charity 2019, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

REGISTRATION

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