Presentations from “Under Our Feet” March 23, 2018
Presentations from “Under Our Feet” March 23, 2018

Did you miss our event on March 23 in Saskatoon? If so, you can view some of the presentations by our guest researchers and producers below!  Though viewing a PowerPoint presentation is not nearly as effective as seeing and hearing the presenter in person, you will be able to see a summary of the research and findings. 

Presentation Topics
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 discuss 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. View presentation here.

Myriam R. Fernandez, Ph.D.: Research Scientist-Organic Agriculture and Crop Pathology,
Presentation Summary: Allelopathy: What is it? How does it work for control of weeds and other pests? What are the crops with best allelopathic potential? How can allelopathy be incorporated into various agronomic practices? This presentation will focus on the results of cover crop and intercropping trials conducted at the Swift Current Research and Development Centre. There will also be some suggestions for on-farm projects where producers can assess the allelopathic potential of crops under their particular conditions. Presentation unavailable at this time.

Bobbi Helgason, Ph.D., P.Ag.: Research Scientist, Soil Microbial Ecologist
Presentation Summary: 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. View presentation here.

Dr. Dunling Wang, Ph.D, P.Ag.: Alternative Cropping Specialist, SaskAg and Government Advisor to SaskOrganics
Cody Straza: SaskOrganics Director and Organic Producer: Participatory Plant Breeding. View Presentation here.
Presentation Topic: Organic Research Priorities. Update from the SaskOrganics Research committee, the actions arising from the previous Research Report, and what to expect for the next Research report. View presentation here.

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. View presentation here.

Lena Syrovy, M.Sc., B.Sc.: Agronomy & Weed Ecology Program, University of Saskatchewan
Presentation Topic: “What we know (and don’t know) about Soil Health and Weeds”. Sorting through the messaging; examining the information out there and determining whether it is supported by available data and published research. View presentation here.

Oleksandr Alba, M.Sc. Candidate: Agronomy & Weed Ecology Program, University of Saskatchewan
Presentation Topic: Organic weed management in pulse crops.
Weed management is one of the biggest challenges for organic producers worldwide. Currently, there are sufficient recommendations for use of mechanical weed control tools (MWC) tools such as the rotary hoe (RH), the harrow (H) and the inter-row cultivation (IT) separately. Additionally, there have been several studies examining the cultural weed control practice of increased crop seeding rate. However, these mechanical and cultural weed control methods have not been directly compared or tested in combination until recently. This presentation will provide updates from various single, paired and multiple combination treatments in field pea and lentil trials during the 2016-2017 season. View presentation here.

Joe Wecker: Wecker Farms Ltd., Sedley SK:
Presentation Topic: 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. View presentation here.

Tyler Remoué: Remoué Family Farms Ltd – Rockglen, SK
Presentation Topic: 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.” View presentation here.


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