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July 10, 2013


The 2013 Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School is now on! It runs the weeks of July 9-12 and July 15-19 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm near Carman.  The Crop Diagnostic School is designed to refine the diagnostic skills of agronomists and producers involved in field scouting and assessing crop health. For more information or to register, please call (204) 745-5656 or (204)745-5663 or visit

On Wednesday, July 17, come out to the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre for Dairy Day-Family Fun. This family event will be going on all day, with complimentary Centre tours happening every hour starting at 10:30 am.  Come see the awesome exhibits the Centre has to offer, make ice cream and butter. You can even learn how to milk a “cow”. For more information visit or call (204) 883-2524.

The Canadian Society of Soil Science will hold its annual conference "Soil Science: The Centre of It All" in Winnipeg at the Hotel Fort Garry, July 22-25.  More information at: Register online at

Join us for Organic and Ecological Farming Systems Field Tour on the evening of Monday, July 22 at the University of Manitoba Ian N. Morrison Research Farm located in Carman, Manitoba (1.8 km west of the junction of #3 and #13).  The event begins at 5:30 pm with an informal BBQ supper and the tour will follow from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Come to learn and discuss the principles and practices of ecological farming systems!

The Ian N. Morrison Research Farm Crop Tour and Open House will be held Friday, July 26. The half-day tour will highlight research projects taking place at the farm. Register and have a cup of coffee from 8:30 to 9:00 am.  The field tour will run from 9:00 am to 12 noon, and lunch will be provided following the tour. There is no cost for this event and everyone is welcome to attend.

Taste testers needed!  On Friday, July 26 and Tuesday, August 6, visit the Farm and Food Discovery Centre to learn how to make ice cream in the I Scream For Ice Cream Workshop.  Find out what your favourite flavour ice cream is following ice cream making demonstrations at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. A Do It Yourself Ice Cream Workshop targeting adults will be offered on Wednesday, July 31, with a home economist speaking about the food science behind this yummy dessert.  For more information visit or call (204) 883-2524.

The Glenlea Long-Term Organic Study Research Tour is scheduled for Monday, July 29, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the University of Manitoba Glenlea Research Station, located 15 km south of Winnipeg on Highway 75. Come and visit Canada’s oldest organic research plots and learn about the science of organic farming, including the important roles of crop rotation and nutrient recycling.

A Horticultural Diagnostic School will be held on Thursday, August 1 at the Canada Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre, 370 River Road, Portage la Prairie. Presented by MAFRI, CMCDC and Assiniboine Community College, this event will be of interest to market gardeners, vegetable and fruit producers. Registration begins at 8:15 am and sessions will be over by 3:00 pm (rain or shine). Pre-registration required for lunch - please contact or call (204) 745-5663. Registrants can choose to attend either morning vegetable session, afternoon fruit session or both for the same cost of $20/person (includes lunch and refreshments).

Always wanted to preserve your own food?  Take part in the Farm and Food Discovery Centre’s Canning & Food Preservation Clinic on Saturday, August 10 from 10:30am to 1pm. Learn the basics of food preservation and make your own jam, pickles and peaches.  Registration required by August 8 with a non-refundable $15 deposit.  More information can be found at  Sign up by emailing or call (204) 883-2524.

Bring the family out to a Farmyard Fest on Thursday, August 15 from 10 am to 4 pm!  Take a complimentary tour of the Farm and Food Discovery Centre, talk to a pig farmer, make a farm animal cupcake, learn about how a farmer chooses the best pigs for his/her farm and enjoy a FREE BBQ pork-on-a-bun compliments of Manitoba Pork!  More information can be found at


Caroline Halde, Ph.D. candidate in Plant Science with Martin Entz, was invited to give a keynote talk at the European Weed Research Society Symposium.  The keynote address was on "Prospects for Reduced Tillage without Herbicides - a Canadian View". The meeting was held in Samsun, Turkey, June 24-27.

Pratisara Bajracharya, M.Sc. student co-supervised by Curt McCartney, AAFC, and Fouad Daayf, Plant Science, won second place in a poster presentation competition at the Canadian Phytopathological Society meeting held in Edmonton, AB, June 16-19.

Food Science's Trust Beta and Lovemore Malunga, Ph.D. candidate, will attend the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo to be held at the McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL, July 13-16 . Trust and Lovemore respectively will present papers entitled "Chemical & Cellular Antioxidant Properties of Insoluble and Soluble Dietary Fiber from Selected Whole Grain Cereals" and "The In Vitro Antioxidant Potential of Wheat Bran Based on Free Phenolic Acid, Oligosaccharide Bound Ferulic Acid and Water Extractable Arabinoxylan". As one member among the inaugural class of CFS certificants, Trust is attending the IFT conference for the first time as a Certified Food Scientist, a title conferred upon her by the International Food Science Certification Commission on May 1, 2013 for five years.

Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, presented a paper entitled "Contracting in Prairie Agriculture: Extent & Implications" on June 25 at the 20th annual “Farm For Profit” conference in Moose Jaw, SK.

Administrative notes: Rob Currie, Head of the Department of Entomology, returned July 1 from a one-year administrative leave.  Martin Scanlon has also returned from leave and has been appointed Acting Head of the Department of Food Science effective July 1. Fouad Daayf has been appointed Acting Head of the Department of Plant Science effective July 1 while Peter McVetty takes a one-year admin leave. Paul Bullock has been extended as Acting Head in the Department of Soil Science until the Board of Governors approves the appointment of a Department Head.


T.S. Zha, A.G. Barr, P.-Y. Bernier, M.B. Lavigne, J.A. Trofymow, B.D. Amiro, M.A. Arain, J.S. Bhatti, T.A. Black, H.A. Margolis, J.H. McCaughey, Z.S. Xing, K.C.J. Van Rees, C. Coursolle.  2013. Gross and aboveground net primary production at Canadian forest carbon flux sites.  Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 174–175: 54–64.


Kateryn Rochon, Entomology, was interviewed recently by CBC and Radio-Canada (TV) on mosquitoes and the use of malathion.

Jared Carlberg, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, was quoted in the article "Researcher wants to know if farmers are happy with the contracts they sign" in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 4). Read it on page 8 at

Terry Galloway, Entomology, was quoted in the article "It’s the bumper crop nobody wants — mosquito populations set to soar" in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 4). Read it on page 16 at

Gary Martens, Plant Science, offered up a third column in the Manitoba Co-operator (July 4) article entitled "Rethinking the possibilities of trees". Read it on page 17 at

Gary was also quoted in the article "Easy agriculture has consequences" in the Western Producer (July 4). Read the article on page 5 at

Martin Entz, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "Manitobans helping North Korean farmers" in the  Manitoba Co-operator (July 4). Martin volunteers his time to help the Mennonite Central Committee with its work in providing farmers in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with assistance with soil conservation and low-input systems. Read it on page 18 at

Rick Holley, Food Science, was quoted in the article "CCA hopeful resubmitted irradiation petition will succeed" in the Manitoba Co-operator (June 27). Read it on page 12 at

David Lobb, Soil Science, was quoted in the article "Tile drainage shows potential, but requires more research" in the Western Producer (July 4). Read it on page 15 at

Check out the official publication of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, a new magazine called Canadian Food Insights. You can see the first digital edition online at The content is also available in a blog style at  Subscription to the e-pub is free.  James House, Human Nutritional Sciences, co-authored the article "Unlocking the potential of Canadian proteins" on page 39.


Instructors:  Please check your Fall and Winter course timetables in AURORA.  Report any scheduling or room issues to Wendy Kramer for graduate and undergraduate degree courses and to Michele Rogalsky for Diploma courses.

The Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame's induction ceremony will be held this afternoon in Winkler. The hall recognizes individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to agriculture in Manitoba. Among this year's inductees is agricultural communicator Vern McNair, (BSA/51). Among his many accomplishments, Vern was instrumental in helping the Faculty produce an innovative televised short course in 1962. Another inductee is Charlie Froebe (DipAg/64) who was recognized for his work on behalf of canola growers and on cash advance programs.

Online Applied Entomology - A new distance education in applied entomology course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2013. ENTM 3190 Introduction to Applied Entomology will provide a foundation in applied entomology covering topics such as basic insect biology, insect pest management insect biodiversity and the biological services provided by insects.  The course will consist of online lecture presentations, weekly readings and online laboratories. There are no prerequisites. The course has been been designed to serve as either a first, or supplementary entomology course (if they have already taken an introduction to entomology course) for students across Canada, that have limited or no entomology courses offered by their institution.  It is a third year science course, and quite rigorous, with a separate online lab element.  It should be of interest to agriculture students, but also biology students, and other students looking for an upper level science credit (assuming transfer credit is accepted). For more details, contact Jordan Bannerman in Entomology at

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