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Lethbridge Plot Hop

June 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Free – $125.

Early season in the plots with southern Alberta researchers

Confirmed Speakers


Dr. Hector Carcamo

AAFC Dr. Carcamo Senior Research Scientist

 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. 

Ken Coles

Ken Coles Farming Smarter General Manager

 Farming Smarter Project Tour with Ken Coles

Ken Coles is the general manager at Farming Smarter. He received a Chemistry Degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters of Science, Environment and Management from Royal Roads University. He joined the Southern Applied Research Association and created Farming Smarter – Alberta’s leading crop research institution.  


Results from Farming smarter research projects – Deep banding immobile nutrients & crop rotation study  


Dr. Yvonne Lawley

Dr. Yvonne Lawley Plant Science Department at the University of Manitoba

 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.  


Charles Geddes

AAFC Research Scientist in Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems

 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.  




Syama Chatterton

AAFC Pulse and special crops pathologist

 Syama Chatterton  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.  


Surya Achurya

AAFC Research Scientist

 Surya Acharya Ph.D., FICN

Surya Acharya PhD (U of Saskatchewan) is a Research Scientist with AAFC at the Lethbridge Research & Development Centre. He developed and commercialized high yielding, disease resistant cultivars of traditional forages such as alfalfa, cicer milkvetch, orchardgrass and sainfoin. He also developed and commercialized the first North American cultivars of perennial cereal rye and forage fenugreek along with many native Alberta grass cultivars. In recent years, he developed an acid tolerant AAC Meadowview alfalfa and a saline tolerant AC Bridgeview alfalfa for western Canada as well as two sainfoin cultivars AAC Mountainview and AAC Glenview that can prevent alfalfa pasture bloat.


This talk will concentrate on development of high lipid containing legume crops and pasture rejuvenation by directly seeding bloat-free legumes for high performance grazing. Rational for the research and their potential benefits will be discussed along with any questions the participants may have. 

Confirmed CEUs


2.5 Integrated Pest Management 

1 Crop Management 


June 6, 2019
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Free – $125.
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211034 Hwy 512
Lethbridge County, AB T1J 5N9 Canada
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