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Héctor Cárcamo Ph.D, a Senior Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. Hector researches management strategies for insect pests of field crops, including canola, cereals, forages, and pulses. He uses strategies such as validation of economic thresholds, and development and integration of biological and cultural control approaches with chemical control to improve the sustainability of crop production. His interests include biodiversity conservation studies and the role of natural enemies in contributing to pest management. Hector holds a Ph.D from the University of Calgary and MSc and BSc from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Bill Hamman has over 35 years of research and teaching experience in herbicides and crop production practices in field crops and silviculture. He holds Ph.D in Plant Biochemistry and Physiology from the University of Alberta. Many know him as the principal researcher at Hamman Ag Research. He has several awards and wrote 12 peer reviewed scientific papers.
Bill will demonstrate how to minimize phytotoxicity with new pre-plant herbicides and maximize herbicide efficacy using chopped corn meal and food coloring. This will show uniformity of product placement and disruption of uniform blanket of chemical with seeding equipment. In-field demonstration and discussion! Bill will also cover how to keep your truck, tractor and high clearance floater chemical free during field spraying.
Farming Smarter Project Tour with Ken Coles
Deep Banding nutrients and crop sequencing project
Yvonne Lawley is an assistant professor in the Plant Science Department at the University of Manitoba. Her area of research is agronomy and cropping systems. Dr. Lawley’s research includes soybeans, corn, and wheat. She studies a range of management practices from residue management, strip tillage, to cover crops. Her research involves both small plot and on-farm field scale agronomy. Dr. Lawley is the team leader for a new prairie wide study on the agronomic, soil, and environmental impacts of cover crops in rotation. Dr. Lawley enjoys communicating the results of her research to a wide range of audiences including farmers, agronomists, scientist in a range of disciplines, and especially in the classrooms where she teaches at the University of Manitoba. Justin Duban is a research assistant.
Early adopter farmers started growing cover crops even though many questions remain about how to fit cover crops into prairie crop rotations. Also, what long term impact and benefits they offer. In 2018, Farming Smarter started a new experiment as part of a prairie wide network to study the agronomic, soil, and environmental impact of cover crops in rotation. Dr. Lawley will introduce the new prairie wide cover crop study, review how to get started with cover crops on your own farm and show you some hands on tools for evaluating cover crop performance once they are up and growing.
Syama joined AAFC-Lethbridge in July 2011 as the pulse and special crops pathologist. She performs research on diseases of all pulse crops, with a focus on management of pea and lentil root rot and white mold of dry bean. An integral part of her program is applying molecular pathogen diagnostics and forecasting of soil borne pathogen risk to field trials for developing field applications.
This session will tour the field pea disease nursery, where researchers assces field pea lines from all the pea breeding programs in Canada for their reaction to major pea diseases such as Mycosphaerella blight, powdery mildew, and Fusarium root rot. They also assess field tolerance of pea breeding lines to Fusarium root rot to select the best parental lines adapted to prairie conditions. In the event that diseases aren’t present in the field yet, Syama will display examples of diseased plants from greenhouse studies.
Charles Geddes Ph.D. Plant Science,
Charles is a Research Scientist in Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based out of the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. His research areas include herbicide-resistance, weed ecology and biology, integrated weed management, weed seedbank dynamics, crop/weed interference, and long-term agroecosystem experiments. Charles grew up on a farm near Pilot Mound, Manitoba. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Agroecology and a Ph.D. in Plant Science from the University of Manitoba. He enjoys tackling some of the worst weed problems in western Canada head-on, and helping growers augment their weed control systems to manage these weeds effectively.