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Come join us in the field for a day of hands on learning!
Dr. Ben Ellert running a field session at Farming Smarter 2019 Field School.
Soil & Water Management – 2
Integrated Pest Management – 1
Crop Management – 3
Total – 6
Pesticide Applicator (pending approval)
Application Technology – 1
Pest Management – 1
Total – 2
Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D. Farming Smarter Research Scientist
Gurbir designs innovative research programs focused on sustainability and productivity of crop production systems in southern Alberta. His expertise is in soil health and environmental services of agro ecosystems. He publishes project reports and submits to peer-reviewed manuscripts for Farming Smarter programs.
He holds an M.Sc. in Soil Science from University of Delaware (USA). His postdoctoral and Ph.D. programs both at the University of Saskatchewan studied soil organic matter dynamics and sequestration using synchrotron-based spectroscopic techniques.
Many crop producers are interested in cover crops due to the soil and environmental benefits, but have questions about their viability and adaptability in western Canadian growing conditions. This project evaluates the viability of cover crops across a range of crop rotations and environments. The study evaluates the potential agronomic, environmental, and economic benefits and drawbacks of covers crops at sites in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta over a four-year period.
Mike Gretzinger Farming Smarter Research Coordinator
Mike, as his title indicates, coordinates the work and technicians in Farming Smarter fields to accomplish all aspects of publicly funded agronomic research. This is no small task and Mike created innovative system to stay organized. He holds a B.Sc Biochemistry and its a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA)
Mike will report on the final year of the current hemp agronomy program and look at how rates, dates & timing affect fibre & grain yields. He will include the effects of irrigation and precision planting on the crop. This is the third study into hemp agronomy by Farming Smarter with Mike coordinating the work and reporting results.
Ken Coles Farming Smarter Executive Director
Ken has two decades of research under his belt at Farming Smarter and began precision planting projects in 2015 when the technology started to emerge in the region. The objective in this line of research is to study the pros\cons of using precision planters for common prairie crops. Ken holds Chemistry Degree from University of Lethbridge and Masters of Science, Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.
Ken will lead a walk through the current precision durum plots. He will talk about the effects of precision planting, growth regulators, seeding rates, fertility and fungicides on the yield.
Ken Coles & Carlo Van Herk Lethbridge College Research Technician
Carlo Van Herk
Carlo is a research technician working with Farming Smarter through Lethbridge College under an NSERC grant. Carlo leads the Strip Tillage and Precision Planting Canola project. He holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Studies.
Carlo will give an overview of the canola strip till/precision planter project that began this spring at Farming Smarter. The project experiments with various cultivation and seeding methods and how they affect plant stand and yield differences. It will include canola emergence, growth, and yield while observing differences between tillage and planter options.
Jesper Vois & Travis Albrecht Croplands Equipment
Croplands Equipment works with local research stations to optimize WEED-IT for the Canadian climate and farming circumstances. Croplands Equipment is a subsidiary of Nufarm Agriculture that, since 1972, manufactures and distributes high-tech spraying equipment. Croplands came to Canada in 2019 from its base in Australia and also operates in New Zealand. In Canada, it focuses on the WEED-IT precision spraying technology.
Jesper and Travis will give a short introduction on the working principle of WEED-IT and why they believe it’s the perfect tool for dryland farming operations to fight weed resistance in an economical and sustainable way. They will go through the four main spray modes that WEED-IT can offer and demonstrate the performance of its spot-spraying capabilities.
Variable Rate Irrigation
Cam Cote Intelirain
Cam is an Alberta inventor working in water conservation. He holds two patents and one is for InteliRain a micro-zone precision pivot irrigation system. He is based in Calgary.
Cam will introduce micro-zone precision pivot irrigation. He will talk about the use of micro-zones, intended benefits and frequency of adjustments to the system.
We hope you can join us because it’s going to be awesome to see people again! However, if you can’t, Agronomy Smarts and Digital Learning subscribers will have access to videos of the presentations through this website about a week after the event.