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

Join us December. 3-5, 2019 at the TCU place in Saskatoon, SK for the Farm Forum Event, your opportunity to network with progressive farmers, ag professionals and academics to learn how the latest innovation and research connects with on-farm operations.

Organized and presented by Glacier FarmMedia’s agricultural event experts, the Farm Forum Event will include presentations, keynote speakers, breakout sessions and, new this year, Agronomy Day, all programmed to ensure you Learn & Grow as an ag service provider or a farm operator.

REGISTRATION

Registration options make it easy to get what you need at the Farm Forum Event. Registration details are available now.

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Table Talks
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8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Table Talks and Breakfast

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Table hosts and topics to be released later this year
Keynote
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9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

What Kind of Precision Farmer are You?

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

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Crop Management CEUs: 1

It takes different skills to access the full potential of different precision technologies. Farm managers need to assess which technologies best fit their ability.
Networking
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10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Breakout
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Blair Nelson Room Upper Level

Management

See Yourself in the Board Room – Why and How to Become a Director

Speaker: Irene Seiferling, B.A. (Econ), ICD.D, FEA, President, Board Dynamics

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Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

Boards of directors need good people around the boardroom table. Let's determine how this could be a good fit for you. This session will look at the role of the board of directors, kinds of boards, and the many benefits of board work. We will walk through the process of finding a board seat and how you can have an impact in the board room. Participants invited to share insights and ask questions.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil Health and Nutrition, Sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions

Agricultural Water Management Strategy

Speaker: Etienne Shupena-Soulodre, Agri-Environmental Project Manager, Water Security Agency

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Soil & Water Management CEUs: 0.5 (total credit for combined Water Management Panel)

An introduction to the new drainage regulations and next steps in Saskatchewan Screen reader support enabled.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil Health and Nutrition, Sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions

Water Management – Is Tile Drainage an Option?

Speaker: Lorne Greiger, Project Manager, Agricultural R & D, PAMI

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Soil & Water Management CEUs: 0.5 (total credit for combined Water Management Panel)

The importance of soil moisture has been highlighted again this year. Water management practices can be a solution for mitigating the risk associated with extremes. Subsurface (tile) drainage is one option to consider for protecting crops from excess moisture and influencing timing of field operations. This presentation will provide information on subsurface principles, drainage technologies, and economic factors in involved in implementing a drainage system.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

When Things Go Wrong: A survival guide for farmers

Speaker: Gerry Friesen, The Recovering Farmer

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“Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want.” We work and 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, our wellbeing and our relationships.

To a degree we thrive in chaos but it does take its toll. Then as the body and mind become weary, our behaviours have a tendency to change. Our expectations for ourselves increase. Our expectations for others increase. As a result the chaos of a busy life manifests itself in our personal lives.

Through stories and research discover new ways of bringing a sense of sanity and a more fulfilled life to the chaotic world we live in.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

New Cereal Varieties for Western Canada

Speaker: Jim Downey, R&D Manager for SeCan

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

A review of new and upcoming cereal varieties.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 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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Soil & Water Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

Data Analytics: Turning Data into Decisions

Speaker: Evan Shout, CPA, CA, President and Co-Founder, Maverick Ag Ltd CFO, Hebert Grain Ventures

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Agriculture advancement in terms of technology, data and human resources has grown exponentially in the past decade. Primary producers are now faced with large scale, multiple decisions that are coming at them faster than ever before. The idea of turning data into decisions encompasses the ideology of “moneyball” or “blackjack farming”; allowing farmers to have the answers to questions that have not been asked yet. Providing a decision matrix that takes the gut feeling out of farming and allows the data to drive the operations in terms of financial analysis, human resources and agronomy. If we already know the answer to the decision, is it really a decision?
Lunch and Keynote
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12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Soil Health: Where Art Meets Science

Speakers: Don Lobb, P.Ag.(Hon), Farmer, Dr. David Lobb, Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba

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Soil & Water Management CEUs: 1

A father-son panel presentation and discussion of soil health in Canadian agriculture. Two individuals with different perspectives: Don a farmer with decades of experience as a steward of the land and leader in the farm community; David with decades of experience in science and policy. Their experiences highlight the need for complimentary expertise and experience to advance the endeavour of achieving soil health.
Breakout
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Blair Nelson Room Upper Level

Management

Pain Solutions on the Farm

Speaker: Kathlyn Hossack, BScKin, CAT(C), Numa Somatics Facilitator, Owner of Evoke Body and Mind Therapy, and RideWell Performance

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  1. Simple solutions to agricultural and equestrian related back pain.
    Discover the whys and hows behind back pain and get take home ways to alleviate pain and prevent ongoing issues.
    This workshop is suitable for anyone experiencing back pain of any severity. If you’ve been diagnosed with disc injuries, non specific low back pain, degeneration in the spine, narrowing of the spine, or pelvic imbalances.. this workshop is for you.

  2. Do pain and arthritis go hand in hand?
    Research is showing us that joint degeneration does not always equal pain, so why do so many of us struggle with arthritis related symptoms?
    In this session we will explore the whys behind arthritis and osteoarthritis, and what can be done to mitigate the pain that often accompanies this diagnosis.
    Expect take home solutions and gentle movements to help alleviate the pain of arthritis.

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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

Changing Plant Disease Dynamics on the Prairies

Speaker: Kelly Turkington, Research Scientist - Plant Pathology

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Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 0.5

Kelly brings over 35 years of experience with canola, cereal, and pulse diseases starting as a summer student and graduate student with Professor Robin Morrall at the University of Saskatchewan, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa, Ontario and Beaverlodge, Alberta, and as a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, Alberta. He will provide an overview of changing plant disease dynamics on the Prairie region, including the main factors driving these changes and key management strategies.
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

Amping Up Your Yields Using Plant Hormones

Speaker: Mark Belmonte, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba

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All of the five major plant hormones can impact your yield and the grower's bottom line. Learn how these hormones promote crop health and maintain the genetic potential of the plant from seeding to harvest.
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery D Main Level

Precision and digital farming

Putting The Data To Work: Quick Wins For Your Farm

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

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

One of the highest returns on precision investments has been utilization of combination of the technology to carry out on farm experiments. Griffin discusses how farmers have made the most of digital data from ag tech data in their farm management decision making process including the value of data quality.
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery Suite I Main Level

Regenerative agriculture

Seed Terminator: Harvest weed seed control simplified

Speaker: Josh Lade, Farmer

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Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 0.5

A farmer's perspective on how a non chemical weed control system at harvest time could help delay the onset of herbicide resistance on the Canadian prairies.
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

Bio-Sul: The One Millionth Acre

Speaker: Dan Aberhart, Managing Director, President & Founder, Aberhart Ag Solutions Inc.

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Join Dan Aberhart and "special guests” (to be revealed) involved in the 5 year journey to bring a brand new product to market that has had a notable impact on not only the conversation around elemental sulphur but on sustainability in agriculture.

What started out as a bit of a head scratcher for some people quickly turned into a “no brainer” for many producers, agronomists, and retailers, as the business grew and brought extreme value to urban centres and the producers who have benefited from the price, agronomic, logistic, and even environmental benefits from this new simple but brilliant solution to sulphur.

Hear the story of how an outlier came to be, where it’s going in the future, and what it can do for your farm.
Networking
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2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Breakout
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3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Blair Nelson Room Upper Level

Management

Bringing a New Spouse to the Farm

Speakers: Jennifer Lindgren, Farmer, Lindgren Farms, Mark Bratrud, Farmer, Marlene Hursh, Wendy Lindgren, Farmer, Bookeeper & Accounts Payable, Lindgren Farms

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Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

Every farm family has found its own unique way to manage the long hours and hard decisions this business requires. But a new spouse might have different ideas about how things should work. Who’s going to live where? Who cooks supper? Who makes the financial decisions? Bringing in a new spouse can mean a next generation for the family farm, but it also means complications and risk. Find out how two farm families have successfully brought new spouses into the mix.

Marlene Hursh will moderate a discussion on introducing a new spouse to the family farm. Wendy Lindgren will provide insight on “Winning the Daughter-in-Law Lottery,” and how to live & thrive while living in the same yard. Jennifer Lindgren will share the story of her role on the farm and about how her mother-in-law and her have developed an amazing relationship when both living on the same farm. Mark Bratrud will discuss bringing his experience working with other farming operations to help transition into his in-laws’ farming operation.
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3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil Health and Nutrition, Sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions

Three Simple Rules for Sustainable Profits

Speaker: Jonathan Small, BSc. P.Ag., Chief Research Officer, Global Ag Risk Solutions

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In this presentation Jonathan will draw on over 30 years of analysis and consulting to farm businesses presenting his observations on trends in grain farming profitability, what the most successful farmers are doing and the very simple rules that you can follow to join that group. He will also give you some insight into how to use your financials to not only quantify risk on your farm, but also to manage it better.
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3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

Helping You Use Data Collected From Your Farm

Speaker: Troy Prosofsky, P.Ag., Climate Business Manager, Climate FieldView

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

Troy will dive into the "how & why" we collect data today. He will review how easy it is for farms use the data they've collected to make better operating decisions, providing examples of how farms are saving time & money by optimizing their inputs, and answering questions like: What is in it for me? What is my ROI? Troy will also touch on the future of data collection.
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3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Gallery D Main Level

Precision and digital farming

Prairie Resilience: Regulatory Implementation Updates

Speaker: David Stevenson, MScF, RPF, Director, Climate Change Policy and Planning Climate Change Branch Ministry of Environment

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An update of the implementation of regulations and programs described in Prairie Resilience – A Made in Saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy. The presentation will provide a general overview of regulatory implementation progress and then provide a greater focus on the ongoing development of the offset credit program.
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3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

Data Monetization on Farms: Now and in the Future

Speakers: Terry Aberhart, CCA, CEO, Aberhart Farms & Sure Growth Technologies; Managing Partner, Aberhart Ag Solutions, Warren Bills, Senior Commercialization Manager, xarvio™ Digital Farming Solutions

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

If you asked a farmer 20 years ago – how do you monetize your farm data? They’d look at you cross-eyed and crazy! Well today this topic could be top of mind as you’ve likely accumulated and utilized data through equipment, field sensors, and services. The idea of monetization doesn’t only mean turning it into cash, but also the idea that you can leverage data to become more profitable on your farm then without it. Does your farm business have a data strategy? What level of importance do you put on your data quality? Come chat with Terry and Warren about data monetization today on farms, and what this may look like in the future!
Innovation Previews
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4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Salon A Upper Level

Precision Pitch Party

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Details coming soon!
Networking
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5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Entertainment
Table Talks
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8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Table Talks and Breakfast

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Table hosts and topics to be released later this year
Keynote
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9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Choosing a Decision Support System

Speakers: Carol Kruck, CPA, CGA, Agriculture Industry Group Leader, BDO, Heather Broughton, CTEAM principal, Terry Betker, P.Ag., CAC, CMC, President & CEO, Backswath Management, Tom Button, Editor of Country Guide

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Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

Three financial and management advisers outline systematic approaches available to help farmers make better decisions for their operation. This panel will be moderated by Tom Button, Editor of Country Guide.

Heather Broughton, CTEAM principal
CTEAM is an education based program designed specifically for farmers that uses a more academic approach with a broad curriculum that can help you look at your business in new ways that we, as farmers, may not encounter in our daily agricultural lives. Understand how learning about such concepts such as value and financial ratios, along with focusing on individual aspects of their own farm management, can help farmers better understand their overall opportunities and help identify management priorities and assess its overall performance.  All while interacting with a group of like minded farmers.

Terry Betker, president, Backswath Management
Danny Klinefelter, renowned Texas A&M University professor and extension economist points to four states of knowledge that exist:

  • What you know,

  • What you know you don’t know,

  • What you don’t know you don’t know, and

  • What you think you know that just isn’t so.


It’s true that however well a business is working, someone, somewhere has a better idea or way of doing things. Jack Welch, former chairperson and CEO of General Electric, said “The only truly sustainable competitive advantage is the ability to learn and adapt faster that your competition.”

Applying the age-old adage that a rising tide raises all boats, peer groups can be a resource that aggregates the “what you know” from a group of peers and then proceeds to tap into the groups’ collective accumulation of knowledge and experiences – drilling down into the three “don’t know” states of knowledge.

In his presentation, Terry Betker, P.Ag., will use his consulting experience to provide insight into peer groups, focusing on how they can be used effectively to support strategy and decision making for progressive farm businesses.

Carol Kruck, Agriculture Industry Group Leader, BDO
Dare to compare your operations with BDO's accurate and reliable financial benchmarks. Identify key priorities for business planning. Standardized Financial reporting allows you to accurately compare to producers in your area, or across the country.
Networking
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10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Breakout
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Blair Nelson Room Upper Level

Management

Leadership: Building stronger teams on the farm and in the family

Speaker: Danielle Wildfong, BBcom, Farm Advisor

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Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

Leading your team to their full potential through effective communication
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil Health and Nutrition, Sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions

Soil Matters

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

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Soil & Water Management CEUs: 1

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.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

Seed Terminator: Harvest weed seed control simplified

Speaker: Josh Lade, Farmer

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Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 0.5

A farmer's perspective on how a non chemical weed control system at harvest time could help delay the onset of herbicide resistance on the Canadian prairies.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

Amping Up Your Yields Using Plant Hormones

Speaker: Mark Belmonte, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba

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All of the five major plant hormones can impact your yield and the grower's bottom line. Learn how these hormones promote crop health and maintain the genetic potential of the plant from seeding to harvest.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Gallery D Main Level

Precision and digital farming

Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm Yield Results: A Panel Discussion with 2019 Industry Partners Moderated by Blake Weiseth

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Moderated by Blake Weiseth: This interactive session will see each of the Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm Industry Partners sharing a brief expert overview of their product or technology that was used in this year’s field-scale demonstration trials. Yield results and other key observations from the trials will also be shared.
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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

Managing Inputs for Your Most Important Resource

Speaker: Katelyn Duncan

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As farm business owners we tend to think in dollars and cents, revenue and expenses, inputs and outputs. Unfortunately, we often forget about the most important input - our self. Using self awareness and a growth mindset as the blueprint, Katelyn will discuss techniques to navigate through the day to day stresses of farming and personal life. Based on wisdom from Don Migual Riuz “The Mastery of Self” Katelyn will discuss how farmers can be their authentic self, regardless of what’s happening around them (aka: the weather, international trade and Twitter fights).
Lunch
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12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Lunch

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

Black Swans – Friend or Foe in Agricultural Systems?

Speaker: Dr. Don Buckingham, President & CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

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Professional Development CEUs: 1

“Black swan events”, as described by author Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his 2007 book The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, are extreme, impactful, rare and unpredictable outlier events. They “shock” existing systems with unexpected and novel outcomes which disrupt, challenge, damage and even overwhelm otherwise robust systems. But such events also provide opportunities, new alignments and innovative relationships for existing systems. While relatively rare, for better or worse, “black swan events” seldom leave existing systems intact.

So fasten your seat belts and join us for this session which explores:

  1. where and when “black swan events” have surfaced in Canadian agriculture and agri-food;

  2. whether we are currently witnessing “black swan events” in the areas of agricultural innovation, food consumption patterns, international trade disruptions and global climate change effects;

  3. how “resilient” the Canadian agriculture and agri-food system might be to absorb shocks when “black swan events” occur and how able it is “reboot” when necessary;

  4. whether “black swan events” might actually contribute to Canada’s agricultural growth potential by stimulating innovation that change practices directly at the producer level to optimize growth and enhance natural capital (examples include new genetics, field applications, product branding and climate change mitigation)

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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Managing Grain Storage Risk in a Changing Climate

Speaker: Joy Agnew, P.Eng., Ph.D., Director of Applied Research, Olds College

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

Challenging growing seasons and poor weather during harvest result in complex, and sometimes risky, harvest management decisions. Should grain be harvested earlier but tough? How much drying can be reasonably expected with in-bin drying systems? What is the cost of in-bin and heated air drying? How do I decide if it's worth the risk to leave the crop in the field for another week? This presentation will provide producers with fundamental information about grain storage and drying to help them make more informed harvest management decisions.
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2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Grain Market Outlook In A Tangled Trading World

Speaker: Mike Jubinville, MarketsFarm Senior Analyst, MarketsFarm

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5 (total credit for combined Weather & Markets Session)

Ag markets are typically driven by weather…and this year is no different. But the emergence of conflict in trade policy is altering the grain flow matrix for oilseed, grain and pulse markets. Mike will explore the changing grain market dynamics in this new era.
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2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Weather Impact on the 2020 Markets

Speaker: Bruce Burnett, Director of Markets and Weather, MarketsFarm

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5 (total credit for combined Weather & Markets Session)

This presentation will outline the current global weather situation and the possible impact of the weather on the grain and oilseed markets. The focus will include an update on the South American and Australian crops, winter crops in the northern hemisphere and the Western Canadian outlook.
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3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

If I Can…

Speaker: Chris Koch, Motivational Speaker

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Professional Development CEUs: 1

The limitations we face in life are often the ones we place on ourselves. Chris Koch’s inspirational “If I Can” presentation is about making the most out of life, with a focus on appreciating what we have instead of worrying about what we don’t.

Despite being born without arms and legs, Koch didn’t let limitations and obstacles stand in the way of achieving his goals and dreams. He still grew up working on his family farm, and has spent his adult life snowboarding, running marathons, and travelling independently.

If a guy without arms and legs can do all this, he says, we are all capable of some pretty amazing things. Sharing experiences and funny anecdotes from his life, Koch leaves his audiences motivated and empowered to build the life they dream of.
Grand Prize Draw
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4:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Grand Prize Giveaway, Sponsored by Stoller Enterprises

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Farm Forum Event participants have the opportunity to win one Grand Prize Giveaway, sponsored by Stoller Enterprises.

The Grand Prize Giveaway, valued at $4,400, includes:

  • Stoller High Yield Package, for 160 acres (value of $2,900)

  • Winnipeg Jets Prize Package, including two tickets to a Winnipeg Jets home game, dinner for two on game night, hotel for one night on game night and travel expenses to Winnipeg from city of winner (value of $1,500)


Participants must be present at the draw to win the Grand Prize Giveaway.
Keynote
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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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Crop Management CEUs: 1

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
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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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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

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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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

New Tools to Manage Blackleg in Canola

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

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Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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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.
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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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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

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
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10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Breakout
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11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil Health and Nutrition, Sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions

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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Nutrient Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

Growing Corn: Finding Success on the Prairies

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

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

New Cereal Varieties for Western Canada

Speaker: Jim Downey, R&D Manager for SeCan

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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

Precision and digital farming

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.
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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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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

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.
Lunch and Keynote
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12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Lunch

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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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Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

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
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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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Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

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.
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil Health and Nutrition, Sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions

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.
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

Managing the Weed Seed bank

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

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Integrated Pest Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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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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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

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.
Networking
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2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking

Keynote
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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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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

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
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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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Professional Development CEUs: 0.5

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.
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3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery A Main Level

Soil Health and Nutrition, Sponsored by Global Ag Risk Solutions

Soil Matters

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

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Soil & Water Management CEUs: 1

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.
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3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery B Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Bayer CropScience

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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Crop Management CEUs: 1

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.
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3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery C Main Level

Growing Better Crops, Sponsored by Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists

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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Nutrient Management CEUs: 0.5

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.
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3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Gallery Suite I Main Level

Regenerative agriculture

Lessons Learned From Canada’s Long-Term Cropping System Studies

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

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Crop Management CEUs: 0.5

Canada is home to many different long-term crop production studies, some of which are over 100 years old. Many long-term crop rotation-tillage and fertilizer management studies are located at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada research stations across the country. These are national treasures. Others include a crop rotation-manure management-forage study (75 years - University of Alberta), a crop rotation-tillage-cover crop study (40 years - University of Guelph), and an organic-conventional comparison study (28 years - University of Manitoba). A new Prairie-wide initiative is developing "New generation no-till systems".

Knowledge gained from these long-term studies represents a critically important resource that should be of interest to farmers, agronomists and policy makers. The information helps us better understand the farming systems of today, and provides guideposts for developing agricultural systems of the future. Come learn about this excited aspect of our shared Canadian heritage.
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3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Salon D Upper Level

Growing The Future, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

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.
Networking
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4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Upper Level

Trade Show and Networking, Cash Bar

Dinner Reception and a Fireside Chat
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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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Professional Development CEUs: 1

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
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8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall Lower Level

Ag Rocks for Charity 2019, Sponsored by Aberhart Ag Solutions

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