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June 4, 2014


A Department of Soil Science Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, 12:00 pm ‐1:00 pm in Room 346 Ellis Building, featuring Dr. Merrin Macrae, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo who will present "Seasonal differences in runoff generation and flowpaths in agricultural watersheds and implications for phosphorus transport".

It's time once again for Campus Beautification Day on Friday, June 6 beginning at 9 am and continuing throughout the day. Please volunteer some time out of your busy day to help make our campus beautiful, meet and have fun with co-workers and maybe win some prizes. Refreshments and lunch for all volunteers! Bring your travel coffee mug to this eco-friendly event. There will be general spring cleanup, raking, weeding, and planting flowers. There will be some extra gardening tools available, but it would be helpful if you could bring your work gloves, spades and rakes (if you have), and wear suitable footwear. Talk to your department office for more information.

The M.Sc. Comprehensive Research Paper and Oral Examination for Zhi He, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, on "Cheese Demand Estimates in Canada" is scheduled for Friday, June 6 at 10 am in Room 365 Agriculture Building.

New students and their families will be coming to campus on Saturday, June 7, for the Head Start Day organized by the Office of Student Life. Students and their supporters (families and friends) will have an opportunity to tour campus and residences, learn more about academic programs, the registration process and the resources available to them. The Faculty will be welcoming degree direct entry students at this event.  Learn more at

The M.Sc. Comprehensive Research Paper and Oral Examination for Jia Lin, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, on "Demand for Agricultural Weather Insurance in the Hainan Province of China: An Ordered Probit Analysis" is scheduled for Monday, June 9 at 11 am in Room 365 Agriculture Building.

A few Investors Group Field Event Day dates to mark on the calendar. Monday, June 9 is the first Bomber pre-season home game which begins at 7:30 pm. Parking restrictions on campus will begin at 6:00 pm.  Also mark Sunday, June 15, which is the Manitoba Marathon which begins and ends on the Fort Garry campus. Parking restrictions begin at 5:00 am, and roads will be closed all around campus. Learn more about the restrictions at the Event Day website -

The M.Sc. Thesis Defence and Oral Examination for Xinxin Huang, Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics, on "Analyzing Value at Risk and Expected Shortfall Methods: The Use of Parametric, Non-parametric, and Semi-parametric Models" is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 at 10:30 am in Room 365 Agriculture Building.

The Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals is hosting the conference "Western Canadian Functional Food Ingredients: Strategies to Manage Costs and Enhance Products" on June 11 – 12. Learn about technologies and applications to enhance your products or control costs using functional ingredients grown in Manitoba and western Canada, such as flax, pulses, hemp, vegetables and berries. This event will be of interest to food processors, ingredient suppliers, entrepreneurs, technology developers and manufacturers, food product developers, researchers and regulatory agencies with strong interest in developing and using functional ingredients. They are offering a $50 student conference fee. Registration form and agenda can be found at

Hay and Silage Day 2014 will be held Tuesday, June 17. Harvested hay and silage are valuable products that are necessary for feeding livestock throughout Manitoba.  Learn about making high quality hay and silage, managing fields, testing and storing options. The day will run 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Friedensfeld Community Centre in Steinbach (take Hwy #12 to PTH #303, turn left and head east for 1.6 kilometers). Cost:  $10 per person, $5 per child (includes lunch). Register before Friday, June 6 by calling Steinbach GO Office at 204-346-6080. Registration, coffee, displays begin at 9:00 am. Presentations begin at 10:00 am.

The 6th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture is coming to Winnipeg June 22-25. This event is being sponsored by the North American Conservation Agriculture Systems Alliance (CASA), which was started back in 2007 through the convening efforts of the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in Lafayette, IN.  The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) is a member of CASA, and it is through the hard work of SCCC and CTIC (the co-hosts of this Congress) that the event is taking place here in North America. In addition to a star-studded program, there are also two tours following the Congress that you may take part in. To learn more about the Congress, please visit the website at or contact Marla Riekman at directly for more details.

The Natural Systems Agriculture program will offer the inaugural Advanced Organic Crop Diagnostic School on Friday, July 18, 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman, MB. This is an advanced-level, all-day workshop that will feature in-depth sessions on nutrient management in organic systems, weed management, soil health, and more. If you are an experienced organic farmer, agronomist or extension agent wanting to expand your knowledge of the whys and hows of organic crop management, this workshop may be for you. Cost: $35/person (includes lunch). Pre-registration required - maximum 100 people. Call Monika Menold at 204-745-5663 to register. Visit for more details.

The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre is pleased to present a summer day camp that will be held from Monday, July 21, to Friday, July 26. Every day will be filled with many fun and exciting activities focusing on agriculture and food in Manitoba. This camp is open to children between the ages of 7 to 13. There are only 15 spots available so register soon! To learn more contact the centre at or 204-883-2524.

Also mark your calendar for the Ecological and Organic Farming Systems Field Tour on the evening of Tuesday, July 22 at the Ian N. Morrison Research Farm.  Those who are just beginning in organic farming are encouraged to attend this tour, rather than the Advanced Diagnostic School.  This free evening tour runs from 6 pm to 8 pm and is open to all who are interested in learning about our research in the Natural Systems Agriculture lab or about ecological and organic farming in general. Visit for more details.

The University of Manitoba Transport Institute (UMTI) is pleased to present the Warming of the North Conference in Ottawa, Ontario from September 28-30. This major international transportation conference will bring together stakeholders from government, academia, private and public industry and business to discuss the impact of warming trends on transportation in the North.  The theme of the conference is Implications for Arctic Transportation, Supply Chain Management, and Economic Development.  With Canada in the role of Chair of the Arctic Council, it is vital that the country take the lead on presenting the issues facing the world as the passages in the North open up to shipping traffic.  The agenda is now available to view and registration is officially open for this event.  Please visit or go directly to the conference information page here


Another Spring Convocation is almost over and there were 65 degree graduates from our Faculty at this week's ceremony. Agribusiness student Garrett Sawatzky was presented the University Gold Medal in Agricultural and Food Sciences. Program medals were presented to Elisia Jones (Agriculture), Nicole Tan (Agribusiness), Megan Klassen-Wiebe (Agroecology), and Nancy Noren (Food Science).  Jolene Godard, Agronomy, was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor's Gold Medal.

Dilantha Fernando, Plant Science was invited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, China to give an invited talk at the China Agriculture University, Beijing, China. Participants were from various government ministries, and academics and students from CAU. Dilantha was introduced to the audience by Professor Peng Youliang, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biotechnology and the President of the Chinese Society of Plant Pathology. Dilantha's presentation was titled "Socioeconomic and Environmental Sustainability through Agricultural Research - A Canadian Focus".

Mario Tenuta attended the 6th International Congress of Nematology in Cape Town, South Africa, May 4–9. He co‐chaired a session on “Nematodes and Soil Health” and presented two posters.

Several faculty members participated last week as presenters for the Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program. The program aims to increase the number of Indigenous students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada by bringing young people representing First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities to campus. Among this year's presenters were Rotimi Aluko, Human Nutritional Sciences, Nazim Cicek, Biosystems Engineering, Annemieke Farenhorst, Soil Science, James Friel, Human Nutritional Sciences, Kateryn Rochon, Entomology and Barb Sharanowski, Entomology. Learn more about the program and activities at


Holliday NJ, Floate KD, Cárcamo H, Pollock D, Stjernberg A, Roughley RE. 2014. Ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of the Prairie Grasslands of Canada. pp. 1–85 In Carcamo H & Giberson D [eds]. Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands, (Volume No. 4). Biodiversity and Systematics Part 2. Biological Survey of Canada.

Holliday NJ.2014. Norman Criddle. Dictionary of Canadian Biography 16. Available at

Moulin, A.P., A. Glenn, M. Tenuta, D.A. Lobb, A.S. Dunmola, P.I. Yapa. 2014. Alternative transformations of nitrous oxide soil flux data to normal distributions. Can J Soil Sci. 94(1):105‐108.

Bullied, W.J., Bullock, P.R., Van Acker, R.C. and Flerchinger, G. 2014. Process‐Based Modeling of Temperature and Water Profiles in the Seedling Recruitment Zone: Part II. Seedling Emergence Timing. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 188:104‐120.

Three contributions from the Entz lab to a recent CRC Press book on Organic Agriculture:

Entz, M.H., C. Halde, H. Cicek, K. Podolsky, R. L. Evans, K.C. Bamford, and R. Blackshaw. 2014. Reduced tillage organic cropping systems.  p. 133-147. In Martin, R.C and R. MacCrae (eds.) Managing Energy, Nutrients and Pests in Organic Field Crops.  CRC Press, Boca Ratan.

Entz, M.H., C. Welsh, S. Mellish, Y. Shen, S. Braman, M. Tenuta, M. Turmel, K. Buckley, K.C. Bamford and N. Holliday 2014. Glenlea organic rotation: A long-term systems analysis.  p. 215-237  In Martin, R.C and R. MacCrae (eds.) Managing Energy, Nutrients and Pests in Organic Field Crops.  CRC Press, Boca Ratan.

Frey, J.B. and M.H. Entz. 2014. Organic voices: Agronomy, economics, and knowledge on 10 Canadian organic farms. p. 265-285. In Martin, R.C and R. MacCrae (eds.) Managing Energy, Nutrients and Pests in Organic Field Crops.  CRC Press, Boca Ratan.


Michelle Carkner, M.Sc. student in Plant Science and her colleague Michelle Arseneault were featured in the article "Recipes for human weed eaters" in the Recipe Swap section of the Manitoba Co-operator (May 29).  The two have created a combination cookbook and field guide to common edible weeds entitled The Good Season — Easy Recipes for Wild Edibles. Read more on page 22 at

Michael Trevan, Dean, authored the article "Educational systems for 2050 — lessons from history" in the Manitoba Co-operator (May 22) which first appeared as an essay in the green paper Moving Toward Prairie Agriculture 2050. Read it on page 5 at

Anne Kirk, Plant Science, was quoted in the article "U of M project puts DIY back into plant breeding" in the Manitoba Co-operator (May 22). Anne talks about the on-farm crop development trials that are part of the University of Manitoba’s Participatory Plant Breeding Program. Read it on page 17 at

Danica Swaenpoel, brand new B.Sc. (Agriculture) graduate in plant biotechnology was featured by the University of Manitoba in an article about May grads and had some nice things to say about her undergraduate years. Danica is now  a Master’s student working with Rob Duncan, Plant Science, on research in Brassica species such as rapeseed and canola. Read the whole story at


Volunteers Still Needed at Red River Ex - The Farm and Food Discovery Centre will again have an information booth at the Red River Exhibition June 13-22. We are looking for volunteers (faculty, staff and students) to assist FFDC staff with answering questions from the public, handing out leaflets and helping with activities. Volunteers will get a pass to the Red River Exhibition and also a car park pass. Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please email Guy Robbins ( with the days (including alternate days) you would like to do and whether you can do afternoons and/or evenings (coverage is noon to 9 pm June 13 to June 22 inclusive) plus telephone numbers for contact.

The Steam Plant Shutdown will take place Sunday, June 15 at 6 pm. Start up Wednesday, June 25 at 12:00 noon. Domestic hot water will be provided where electric hot water stand by heaters are available.  Air conditioning, as well as normal building ventilation will continue to operate during the shut down. Steam at 30 lbs psig will again be available by Thursday, June 26 at 8 am.

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