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"Under Our Feet"

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Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre

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2002 Airport Drive

Saskatoon, SK S7L 6M4

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"Under our Feet"-Latest Research on Soil Health and Weed Management by Saskatchewan Researchers and Farmers

One-day Conference & Trade show

Speakers & presentations include:

Ø Dr. Diane Knight, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.: Professor and Ministry of Agriculture Research Chair
Presentation Summary:
The importance of legume crops on organic farms can not be over- emphasized. Legume residues can return nitrogen (N) to the soil that was harvested and exported with the seed. This presentation will discus research conducted at the University of Saskatchewan comparing different legume crops (pea, lentil, faba bean and chickpea) and their above-ground and below-ground residue inputs of N to a subsequent wheat crop grown the next year.

Ø Myriam Fernandez, Ph.D.: Research Scientist-Organic Agriculture and Crop Pathology,

Presentation Summary: Allelopathy: What is it? How does it work for Weed Control? What are the crops with best allelopathic potential? How can allelopathy can be incorporated into various agronomic practices? This presentation will focus primarily on the results of cover crop trials, but will also refer to intercropping practices. There will be some suggestions for on-farm projects where producers can assess the allelopathic potential of crops under their particular conditions.

Ø Bobbi Helgason, Ph.D., P.Ag.: Research Scientist, Soil Molecular Microbiologist

Presentation Summary: Title: Soil organic matter matters for happy microbes and healthy soils. Soil biota are critical for nutrient cycling in healthy soils. Reliance on release of plant available nutrients through biological mineralization of N and P is particularly important in organically managed soils because supplemental N and P are not supplied as inorganic fertilizers. These processes of mineralization are fueled by energy that comes from the carbon which is provided by plants and stored in soil organic matter. We have been studying how different practices in organic and conventionally-managed soils affect fertility through their impacts on microbial community structure and function. The importance of soil organic matter for harboring soil biota and maintaining fertility will be discussed.

Ø Richard Wilkins: Provincial Specialist - Pesticide Regulatory

Presentation Topic: FieldWatch Is a web-based mapping tools created to promote communication between beekeepers, producers of specialty crops and pesticide applicators in support of ongoing stewardship activities, such as pollinator protection. The program enables producers, beekeepers, and pesticide applicators to work together to protect specialty crops and apiaries through use of the DriftWatch registry mapping program.

Ø More Researchers to be announced!


Ø Farmer Panel of Producers taking part in the POGI On-Farm Research Trials:

Ø Tyler Remoué – Remoué Family Farms Ltd – Rockglen, SK

Applying Bindweed mites and evaluating the establishment of successful colonies on the host plant

“Bindweed is the most difficult weed to control in an organic system. Currently, there does not appear to be any organic methods (on the Prairies) which successfully control field bindweed.”

Ø Joe and Wendy Wecker – Wecker Farms Ltd. – Sedley, SK

Inter-row Cultivation and Weed harrow in Organic Agriculture

Demonstrate the use of specialized cultivator and harrow to help control weed populations in organic grain crops


Official program will follow. We hope you will join us for this exciting event!

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