Winter Grower Events - PulsePoint
December 17, 2018
There are a number of extension events happening from January to April for all growers in the province to take part in
Winter is the busiest time for agricultural conferences and meetings focused on production, sustainability, technology, markets, and a host of other topics geared towards enhancing and improving your own operations.
Here are a few extension events coming up that you should watch for:
January 15 & 16, 2019
CropSphere 2019 will feature keynote speakers presenting on relevant topics in politics and in equipment repair. Former Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall will be discussing trade, in particular how current trade agreements and the political landscape, is impacting Canada’s trade position. Farmer activist Tom Schwarz from Nebraska will be at the conference to speak about the growing right to repair movement. This issue has seen increased profile in the United States (U.S.) as growers battle with equipment companies over who has the right to repair new equipment. Schwarz will share what he has learned from the situation in the U.S. so that growers can do more to educate themselves on the situation in Canada.
There are a number of crop-specific sessions at the conference that are filled with information that can influence growers’ home operations. Steve Laroque will be presenting on compaction in soil and controlled traffic farming. Dr. Tyler Wist will be presenting on wheat midge and what growers can do to mitigate this insect pest in their wheat crops. William May and Michelle Hubbard will be presenting their research into intercropping and how this practice affects plant disease in rotations, and Melissa Silvernagel will be presenting on best agronomic practices to grow barley in Saskatchewan.
Pulse sessions include the latest pulse crop prices and market expectation information from Chuck Penner of LeftField Commodity Research. Soy Canada as well as Eric Shaw from Corteva (Pioneer) will be presenting on low protein soybeans in Western Canada and what is being done in the research world to address the problem, as well as what Soy Canada is doing for market access for Canadian soybeans. Sherrilyn Phelps will be presenting on the issues growers are facing with root rots and kochia in their pulses, and what steps they can take
in their own operations to help mitigate these problems.
Members from canola, cereals, and pulses will be presenting on the Keep it Clean! campaign, a joint initiative that keeps growers and industry informed on proper use of crop protection products, so that residue is not left on harvested seed, maintaining Canada’s reputation as a quality grain supplier. The deadline to register is January 4, so secure your seat now at cropsphere.com.
Select Seed Grower Meeting
January 17, 2019 Saskatoon
The annual Select Seed Grower Meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at the Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre. Growers can expect to learn what is new with the Crop Development Centre’s pulse varieties, get updates on the 2019 Variety Release Program, and receive the latest information on current topics of interest. This meeting is open to Select Status cereal/pulse growers and Foundation canola/mustard/rapeseed growers.
Advanced registration is requested. Please email Cheryl Gore at email@example.com to register for this meeting.
Speak Up! Speakers Training
January and February, 2019
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture will be partnering with Farm & Food Care Saskatchewan to present these workshops designed to help those who work in agriculture find the right words to talk about the industry.
Please contact the organizers below to register yourself for training at the location nearest you.
- January 22 — Moose Jaw (Jaycee Purcell, 306.694.8999)
- January 24 — North Battleford (Trish Johnson, 306.446.7479)
- January 31 — Yorkton (Rachel Kraynick, 306.786.1529)
- February 5 — Weyburn (Ken Evans, 306.848.2847)
Saskatchewan Ranch Management Forum
February 1-3, 2019 Prince Albert
This three-day event focuses on all areas of ranch management. Topics include farm structure and ranch HR 101, remote livestock water monitoring and water quality, bull selection and EPDs, cattle market update, the do’s and don’ts of cattle marketing, funding for producers, a stock handling demonstration, and much more.
This event will take place at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club. To register for this event, or for more information, please contact: 306.953.2363.
Winter Regional Pulse Meetings
February 4–7, 2019
SPG and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture (SMA) will be bringing the annual Winter Regional Pulse Meetings to the communities of Rosetown, Swift Current, Assiniboia, and Regina.
The focus of this year’s meetings include insect pests like the pea aphid and pea leaf weevil. James Tansey, Provincial Specialist, Insect/Vertebrate Pest Management with the SMA will talk about the best ways to handle these pests in pulse crops and what pests to expect for the 2019 growing season. Marlene Boersch of Mercantile Consulting Venture Inc. will be sharing pulse crop price updates and expectations of what the pulse market might do in her pulse market update.
Sherrilyn Phelps will be presenting on the growing concern of root rots and kochia affecting pulse crops and what agronomic steps can be taken to handle both. Dr. Tom Warkentin, Plant Breeder from the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan will give a variety update on all pulse crops, detailing the top performers in each class, and what new varieties to expect, and Crops Extension Specialists with SMA will discuss diseases, soil testing, and soil fertility specific to pulses grown in each region where meetings are held.
Registering for this event is as simple as contacting the Ag Knowledge Centre at 1.866.457.2377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Notch Oilseed Meetings
February 6-13, 2019
This event, hosted by SaskCanola, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, SaskFlax, and Canola Council of Canada’s Agronomy Team invites producers to discuss the topics of oilseed agronomy, markets, farm management, and more. The 2019 dates are as follows:
- February 6 — Lloydminster
- February 7 — North Battleford
- February 8 — Swift Current
- February 12 — Melfort
- February 13 — Humboldt
- February 14 — Davidson
Check back to saskcanola.com for more information.
February 13 & 14, 2019 Lloydminster
This two-day interactive information event brings together both livestock and grain producers for a tradeshow, keynote speakers, seminars, demonstrations, and special events for the agriculture industry. For more information about this event, visit lloydexh.com/agri-visions/.
Soil Management and Sustainability Summit
February 26, 2019 Saskatoon
The Soil Management and Sustainability Summit aims to understand soil management and sustainability for high yields and a better return on investment.
Experts from across Canada and the United States will cover such topics as precision farming and equipment management, soil health, intercropping, cover crops, and soil fertility management.
This conference will be held in downtown Saskatoon at TCU Place. For more information about this event, or to register, visit topcropsummit.com.
Celebrating Rural Ranching Women
February 28 & March 1, 2019 Maple Creek
The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture will be celebrating ranching women across the province.
For more information on this event, please contact Jessica Smith at 306.778.8289.
Soils and Crops 2019
March 5 & 6, 2019 Saskatoon
The annual Soils and Crops Workshop is a two day event offering updates on current research being conducted in the areas of soils, crops, and economics by researchers, faculty, and graduate students from across Western Canada. The second day offers a workshop based on invited presentations, designed to provide in-depth training on a variety of topics emphasizing agronomy.
The Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists (SIA) and the Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) program recognize this event as a professional development opportunity. For more information on the workshop, speakers, and how to register, please visit the event website: usask.ca/soilsncrops/.
Think Wheat Meetings
March 11–15, 2019
The Think Wheat meetings, hosted by Sask Wheat, are aimed at providing Saskatchewan wheat producers with the most up-to-date and relevant agronomic and marketing information to assist them in maximizing the return on their wheat and durum crops. Speakers and topics are still evolving, so please go to saskwheat.ca for more information.
March 13, 2019 Swift Current
This one-day event covers results and research that has been conducted at the Wheatland Conservation Area. For more information on speakers and topics or to register for this event, please contact: Shannon Chant at 306.778.8291.