Why the NAPB is Holding its Annual Meeting Outside the U.S. for the First Time

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The National Association of Plant Breeders 2018 meeting will have a decidedly Canadian flair.

For the first time in the organization’s history, the NAPB annual gathering is being held north of the American border. From Aug. 7-10, 2018, the University of Guelph in Ontario will host the meeting and give attendees a taste of plant breeding, Canadian-style.

According to event organizer and NAPB member Elizabeth Lee (herself a professor in the University of Guelph’s Department of Plant Agriculture), the NAPB is often considered an American organization, when it is in fact open to breeders from outside the United States. It’s always had a small Canadian component (less than 10 per cent), but Canadian membership is growing and the group hopes hosting it outside the United States for the first time will increase awareness of the NAPB’s international mandate.

This year’s meeting will feature speakers who specialize in a number of crops that have an important role in Canada:

  • Asparagus — One of the few asparagus breeders in the world, David Wolyn, is based in Guelph. He’ll discuss the main components of an asparagus breeding program and highlight the important considerations that distinguish this vegetable from annual field crops.
  • Cannabis — This week, Canada’s senate approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use. Canada will be the first G7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Greg Baute of the British Columbia-based Anandia Labs will discuss how we can enable access to high-quality varieties that are optimized for large-scale production.
  • Winter wheat — Challenges and successes associated with breeding winter wheat for Western Canada. Anita Brûlé-Babel of the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba will talk about how cultivar development has been a key factor in improving the viability of winter wheat production in Western Canada.
  • Canola — Rob Duncan is currently an associate professor and breeder at the University of Manitoba focusing on canola and rapeseed cultivar development. He has an excellent breeding team concentrating on breeding for improvements in seed quality, disease resistance and several agronomic traits.

This year, the meeting will feature a special musical guest. John R. Clark is a distinguished professor of horticulture at the University of Arkansas. His research responsibilities are his primary appointment, where he works in the University’s Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program. He has worked in the breeding program since joining the University of Arkansas in 1980. He’s also a musician, and will perform for attendees at a special barbecue event.

The event will feature a variety of other highlights including:

  • Reception and banquet featuring local bands
  • Pre-conference tour of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. A highly-skilled research team will demonstrate some leading-edge projects and breeding programs including sweet potatoes, apples, tomatoes and roses.  You will hear about Vineland’s consumer insights & tomato flavour research, which assists to help guide the development of new tomato varieties.
  • Field tours at the Elora Research Station. Tour stops will include soybean, cereals, dry bean, corn, and Russian dandelion breeding programs, the recently completed “big data” dairy barn, and the DNA Barcoding Biobus.
  • Poster sessions and one-minute poster introductions
  • Award talks and 2018 awards

Although the early bird registration deadline has passed, registrations are accepted until July 27, 2018. Visit https://www.plant.uoguelph.ca/napb2018 for info and to register!

canolaPALOOZA Coming June 27

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canolaPALOOZA returns to the the Lacombe Research & Development Centre on Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

There really is nothing like canolaPALOOZA – with over 100 experts spread across more than 25 learning stations  there really is an expert answer for every canola question

The event is free to attend, and you set your own schedule as you visit the learning stations of your choice – and all at your own pace.

2018 Learning Stations And Speakers

This list of researchers and agronomic specialists from across Canada will continue to expand more will be added right up until the event.

Stand Establishment – learn about how TSW should impact your seeding rates, and what your optimal plant density could be.

  • Autumn Barnes, Canola Council of Canada
  • Matthew Bernard, Saskatchewan Agriculture
  • Larry Michielsen, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Greg Semach, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Kristina Polziehn, Axiom Agronomy
  • Sheldon Toews, Bayer CropScience

Canola Fertility – look for damage in our demonstration plots and discuss options for managing seed-placed fertilizer in canola.

  • Warren Ward, Canola Council of Canada
  • Thomas Jensen, International Plant Nutrition Institute
  • Ray Dowbenko, Nutrien
  • Wes Anderson, Mosaic Company
  • Doon Pauly, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Blackleg – learn how to best use blackleg resistance genes to protect the long-term profitability of canola on your farm.

  • Justine Cornelsen, Canola Council of Canada
  • Ralph Lange, Innotech Alberta
  • Kim Kenward, 20/20 Seed Labs

Sclerotinia – look at new research that explores the European practice of bud-stage fungicide application and learn about sclerotinia prediction tools.

  • Nicole Philp, Canola Council of Canada
  • Kelly Turkington, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Mike Harding, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Kevin Zaychuk, 20/20 Seed Labs
  • Noryne Rauhaula, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Jackie Bussan, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Clubroot – does pH play a role in clubroot infestations, after all? Ask world-class experts about your options for managing or preventing clubroot on your farm.

  • Dan Orchard, Canola Council of Canada
  • Sheau-Fang Hwang, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Bruce Gossen, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph
  • Victor Manolii, University of Alberta
  • Nicole Fox, University of Alberta
  • Brittany Hennig, University of Alberta
  • George Turnbull, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Keisha Hollman, University of Alberta
  • Leo Galindo González, University of Alberta

Verticillium – learn how to identify verticillium in your canola and check out recent maps of where this new disease has been found in the prairies.

  • Clint Jurke, Canola Council of Canada
  • Christina Eynck, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Insect Pests – cabbage seedpod weevil (CSPW) was traditionally a southern Alberta pest but it has been pushing its boundaries and has recently been found as far north as Lacombe. Learn about CSPW and flea beetle management and update yourself on new survey plans for your area.

  • Keith Gabert, Canola Council of Canada
  • Scott Meers, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Shelley Barkley, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Beneficials In The Field  learn about the many beneficial organisms- from predators & parasites to the viruses & bacteria that control pests for free.

  • Hector Carcamo, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Jennifer Otani, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Vincent Hervet, University of Toronto
  • Amanda Jorgenson, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Patty Reid, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Meghan Vankosky, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Shelby Dufton, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Sherrie Benson, University of Alberta
  • Ralph Cartar, University of Calgary
  • Jess Vickruck, University of Calgary

Bees & Pollinators – learn about the sweet relationship between canola and all pollinators, including how commercial beekeepers are working with farmers in a mutually beneficial partnership.

  • Gregory Sekulic, Canola Council of Canada
  • Lee Townsend, TPLR Honey Farms
  • Lora Morandin, Pollinator Partnership Canada

Pre-Seed Weed Control – is it time to mix-up your pre-seeding weed control strategy?  Learn from the experts and explore different cultural and chemical pre-seed weed control options.

  • Bob Blackshaw, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (Retired)
  • Laurel Perrott-Thompson, Lakeland College
  • Sonia Matichuk, FMC Agricultural Solutions
  • Graham Collier, NuFarm
  • Bruce MacKinnon, BASF

Canola Harvest Management – get an exclusive sneak peek at the new Combine Optimization Tool, a web-based tool to adjust your combine during harvest, plus talk to the experts about whether swathing or straight cutting is right for you.

  • Angela Brackenreed, Canola Council of Canada
  • Shawn Senko, Canola Council of Canada
  • Nathan Gregg, Prairie Agricultural Research Institute
  • Daryl Tuck, Straight Cutting Canola Producer

Reduced Tillage And Soil Health – the benefits of reducing your tillage can be found below the surface as well in the savings in fuel, manpower and equipment hours. Stop by this station to discuss solutions to agronomic issues that don’t involve disturbing the soil

  • Rob Dunn, FarmWise Inc.
  • Peter Gamache, Past Manager of the Reduced Tillage LINKAGES program

NEW: AgraBot, the Open Source Diy Autonomous Tractor –

Come see what’s being developed in Free and Open Source software called AgOpenGPS for Precision Agriculture. Auto Steer, Section control, and Autonomous Ag Vehicles for minimum cost that can be built at home. Watch how to set up a field and then see a tractor complete that field all on its own. Let’s learn about today’s technology and the possibilities and potential of open source for the future.

WEEDit Demo – demonstrations of the weed-IT will run throughout the day. Check out how it uses chlorophyll detection technology to minimize chemical usage.

  • Tom Wolf, Agrimetrix Research & Training
  • Andreas Mellema, WEEDit

Harrington Seed Destructor – see how this innovative addition to a combine can process chaff to ‘destruct’ weed seeds.

  • Charles Geddes, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Louis Molnar, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Aerial Imagery – so you have a drone, but what are you doing with the images or video you are capturing. Stop by this station to learn what you can do with the images you are capturing.

  • Markus Weber, LandView Drones Inc.
  • Adrian Moens, AJM Seeds Ltd.

110 Years Of Weather Data – back by popular demand… learn what the trends are in temperature and precipitation averages and extremes. Are the trends favourable for crop production?

  • Murray Hartman, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Winter Wheat – winter wheat experts will focus on the benefits of including this crop into a sustainable cropping system. Listen to our Western Winter Wheat Initiative team discuss the value of seed treatments, seeding rates, and new varieties for the 2018 season. Don’t miss out on this epic adventure!

  • Janine Paly, Western Winter Wheat Initiative
  • Monica Klaas, Western Winter Wheat Initiative
  • Brian Beres, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Pulse Crops – The Alberta Pulse Growers station includes peas and faba beans and will showcase agronomy related to disease and insect pests. Come on out to learn more about profitable pulses, the crops that put the N in your soil and keep the dollars in your pocket!

  • Robyne Bowness Davidson, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • John Kowalchuk, Alberta Pulse Growers
  • Nevin Rosaasen,  Alberta Pulse Growers
  • Jenn Walker, Alberta Pulse Growers
  • Jagroop Kahlon, Alberta Pulse Growers

Wheat – visit the Alberta Wheat Commission for information on fertility management in new wheat varieties.

  • Sheri Strydhorst, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Brian Kennedy, Alberta Wheat Commission

Canola Oil – Local and global markets – As a grower you definitely know how to grow, feed and harvest your way to a maximum yield canola crop. However, can you tell your city cousins what happens to your canola after you deliver it to the crush plant? What are other uses for canola and canola products? There are at least two dozen novel uses and one involves an airplane.

If you want answers to these and many other consumer-oriented questions stop by our booth and play Plinko. Come over to the consumer side – we have popcorn. Seriously, we will be serving popcorn. … plus learn about all the places in the world that Canada exports canola and canola oil to.

  • Bruce Jowett, Canola Council of Canada
  • Tanya Pidsadowski, Alberta Canola
  • Brooke Hames, Alberta Canola

Team Alberta – Advancing Policy On Behalf Of Alberta’s Crop Sector – Come and have your fortune told and unlock what Ag Policy beholds! See what the future has in store for various issues affecting your farm: Transportation (Bill C-49), Trade (NAFTA, CPTPP, CETA), Crop Protection Products (Neonics, Matador), Sustainability (Farm Sustainability Readiness Tool, Environmental Farm Plan), and Labour (Ag Coalition, Employment Standards, Temporary Foreign Worker Program).

  • Karla Bergstrom,  Alberta Canola
  • Shannon Sereda, Alberta Wheat and Barley
  • Jadon Hildebrandt, Alberta Canola
  • Edward Hale, Alberta Wheat and Barley
  • Sam Green, Alberta Wheat and Barley
  • Michelle Chunyua, Alberta Canola

Keep It Clean – Learn about what growers can do to keep their crop export ready and the activities that the Canola Council of Canada is working on to make sure sure that the crop protection products and latest genetics are granted market access.

  • Brian Innes, Canola Council of Canada
  • Heidi Dancho, Canola Council of Canada

Canola Grading – Stop by and visit with Canadian Grain Commission to learn about how your canola and other crops should be graded and to learn more about the harvest  sample program that is 100% FREE for farmers.

  • Scott Kippin, Canadian Grain Commission
  • Romeo Honorio, Canadian Grain Commission
  • Ann Puvirajah, Canadian Grain Commission

Ag Safety & Be Grain Safe – Grain Entrapment Demo – the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association will have their grain entrapment trailer on site and will be doing demonstrations that show how quickly grain entrapment happens, and how to safely extract a trapped person, plus information to help you improve safety on your farm. AgSafe Alberta will have a hazard assessment, spot-the-hazard display to demonstrate practical on-farm hazard management programs to incorporate into daily operations

  • Donna Trottier, AgSafe Alberta
  • Maria Champagne, AgSafe Alberta
  • Rob Gobeil, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association
  • Nicole Hornett, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Roam & Refresh Gator – keep an eye out for the gator travelling around the site and delivering refreshments – your chance to have a conversation with President of the Canola Council of Canada and the General Manager of Alberta Canola.

  • Jim Everson, Canola Council of Canada
  • Ward Toma, Alberta Canola

Equipment Sanitation Demonstration – weigh your options for soil removal on everything from tractors to trucks to quads.

  • Greg Daniels, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Blake Hill, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Canola Research Hub &  Canola Performance Trials – stop by the big tent and learn how to harness the power of the Canola Research Hub and the  Canola Performance Trials websites, plus pick up any of the free publications & resources

  • Taryn Dickson, Canola Council of Canada

 

Please Note: While there is no charge to attend canolaPALOOZA, you do have to purchase your own lunch and snacks from the food trucks – please bring cash.

Source: Alberta Canola