Adaptive Crop Management


Plenary Session

Delaney Ross Burtnack Ms. Delaney Ross Burtnack
Delaney joined the Manitoba Canola Growers Association in 2017 as Executive Director, also leading the research and advocacy work for the association. Previously, Delaney led the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers as President & CEO, and worked for years in the agricultural communications industry. She holds her Masters of Science in agronomy from the University of Manitoba.
Pamela de Rocquigny Ms. Pamela de Rocquigny
Pam is the General Manager of the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association and the Manitoba Corn Growers Association. Headquartered in Carman, Manitoba both entities are not-for-profit organizations, each operated by their own farmer-elected board of directors. The MWBGA represents over 7000 farmers who grow spring wheat and barley, while the MCGA represents over 1100 corn growers. Both grower organizations are dedicated to advancing the spring wheat, barley and corn industries in Manitoba in the areas of research, market development and communication. Pam started as general manager in February of 2017. Prior to that, she worked with the provincial government for sixteen years in the Agriculture department.

Pam and her husband Norbert, along with their two boys, own and operate a purebred Simmental cow/calf operation near Haywood, Manitoba. For anyone that follows Pam on Twitter, you know her spare time is spent photographing the farm’s activities and showing cattle at various summer shows across Manitoba.

Dr. Daryl Domitruk  Dr. Daryl Domitruk
Daryl is the Director of Research and Production with Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers. Daryl has 30 years experience in research, extension, policy development and administration pertaining to crop and livestock production, agro-ecosystem management, renewable energy and food-health issues. Daryl holds a Ph.D. in Crop Science from University of Saskatchewan. He obtained his B.S.A. and M.Sc. at Univeristy of Manitoba.
Gunter Jochum Mr. Günter Jochum
Günter operates the family business, Blue Diamond Farms Ltd. in St. Francois Xavier with his wife Crystal and their four daughters. His family has been farming in Canada since 1980 when they moved from Germany. While studying Agriculture at the University of Manitoba Günter took interest in grain marketing and took a leadership role on the family farm marketing their crops. Over the years the farm has engaged in various enterprises including hogs, U-pick strawberries, and special crops such as sunflowers, peas and perennial rye grass. Günter’s passion is for grain farming and at Blue Diamond Farms he is currently focusing his energy on producing cereals and oilseeds. Günter is keen to engage in activities that strengthen the agriculture industry to ensure the sustainability of farming for future generations. Each year Blue Diamond Farms participate in Manitoba Open Farm Day. They have also hosted the University of Manitoba’s faculty of agriculture, providing students with the opportunity to tour a grain operation. Günter has recently taken an active role on the board of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association as a voice for Western Canadian farmers. However, he maintains he does not like politics. Günter has developed a strong presence advocating for agriculture on social media and you can follow him at @gmjochum on twitter.
Ron Krahn Mr. Ron Krahn
Ron Krahn is co-owner of Providence Farms at Rivers, Manitoba with his brother, Robert and their families. They grow wheat, canola, peas, soybeans, sunflowers and are dabbling in corn on their Newdale clay loam soil.  His dad Abe started experimenting with zero-till in the 80's and transitioned to a zero-till/min till system in the late 90's.  Farm management, agronomy and marketing are the aspects of farming that Ron enjoys the most.  Ron is a director with the Manitoba Canola Growers Association and enjoys leading the Canadian FoodGrains Bank growing project in the Rivers/Oak River area.  Providence Farms enjoys trying new technology, crops and practices that hopefully can improve the farm for the next generation who is already showing some interest in  joining the family farm.
Dean Toews

Mr. Dean Toews
I am married 22 years to Roxie and we have 4 kids ages 5 to 15. We are the 3rd generation on this farm. I farm with my dad (age 66) and 2 younger brothers, Devin and Darren and their families at Macgregor, Manitoba. We grow mostly row crops like corn, edible beans, soybeans and some years we grow sunflowers and wheat. We custom harvest approximately 7000 acres above our own 3800 for a few neighbours. In spring we often do some custom planting and strip tilling as well. We also have a small manufacturing business called Triple Star Mfg., where we build steering kits for PTO driven grain augers and also sell scale equipment for grain carts and any on-farm weighing applications. I am serving my 4th year as a director on the Manitoba Corn Growers Association and for 8 years I've been working with a local grow project for Canadian Foodgrains Bank.


Soil Fertility and Management Session

Dr. Dave Franzen
Dr. Dave Franzen
Dave Franzen is Professor Soil Science and Extension Soil Specialist at North Dakota State University. He earned his BS and MS degrees in Forestry and Soil Science from the University of Illinois in 1975 and 1976 respectively.

He worked for about 18 years as agronomist and manager of a chain of fertilizer/ag-supply retail locations headquartered about 20 miles north of Champaign, Illinois. He was able to work the last 4 years of his industry career while earning his PhD in Soil Science from University of Illinois. In 1994, after earning his degree, he accepted a position at North Dakota State University as Extension Soil Specialist. His research continued his PhD work on soil sampling to support site-specific fertilizer application, resulting in the zone sampling strategy now adopted by most of the region. His work during the past 10 years has focused on revision of nutrient recommendations to complement the new precision nutrient application management system. At the same time, he used active-sensor technology to relate reflectance data to yield, which is the basis for in-season N application using active-sensors or remote sensing imagery. The work has resulted in algorithms to help direct in-season corn N application. Work to replicate the results of the corn study is on-going in sunflower, spring wheat/durum and sugarbeet projects.
Dr. Carl Rosen Dr. Carl Rosen
Carl Rosen is a Professor and Extension Soil Scientist in the Department of Soil, Water, & Climate at the University of Minnesota and currently serves as Department Head. He received his MS degree in horticulture from Penn State University and a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science from UC Davis.  Since 1983, his research and extension programs in Minnesota have focused on optimizing nutrient management for a variety of crops with particular emphasis on irrigated cropping systems.  He has authored or coauthored numerous publications and extension bulletins on the subjects of nutrient management, soil fertility, plant nutrition, and beneficial use of by-products for crop production.
Dr. Quirine Ketterings Dr. Quirine Ketterings
Quirine Ketterings is a Professor of Nutrient Management in Agricultural Systems at Cornell University.
Dr. Ketterings initiated and leads the Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program (NMSP;, the applied research and extension program in nutrient management of field crops of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Quirine’s research focuses on improving the understanding of nutrient release and risk for runoff and leaching losses from inorganic and organic amendments as affected by soil type, hydrology, time, rate and method of application, and the use of specific soil and fertilizer amendments. Her teaching and extension programs aim to improve grower and agricultural industry awareness of crop nutrient needs, crop quality, management of organic amendments, environmentally sound nutrient management practices, and overall soil fertility management in New York State, and provide methods and tools to integrate and apply accumulated knowledge about crop nutrient guidelines to optimize crop yield while minimizing risk to the environment.
Dr. Timi Ojo Dr. Timi Ojo
Timi got his MSc (2012) and PhD (2017) from the department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba where he conducted research on weather impacts on agriculture. He focused on soil moisture sensor calibration, measurement, modeling and remote sensing. Timi has been working with the Province of Manitoba as the Provincial Agriculture Meteorology Specialist since 2015 and he oversees the Manitoba Agriculture Weather Program which has a network of 109 weather stations across agro-Manitoba.
Taralea Simpson Ms. Taralea Simpson
Taralea Simpson lives and works in Portage la Prairie, MB where she was born and raised.  For the past 26 years she has worked as an agronomist and assistant manager with Shur-Gro Farm Services.  An Agriculture Degree from University of Manitoba led her to pursue a career in Agriculture, as well as operating a 50 cow/calf beef operation and most recently Farm Away, a family farm stay ; bed and breakfast just outside of Portage.  Taralea works with a variety of growers from small grain farmers to large mixed farms including potato, veggies, beef and dairy.  Taralea is a member of MIA and spends time looking after several manure management plans along with crop planning and scouting throughout the year for growers in the Portage and surrounding area.  Advocating for Agriculture is high on her list of priorities as she helps as a volunteer with Ag in the classroom, visits the local high schools to speak and has been a local 4-H leader for many years.
Brunel Sabourin Mr. Brunel Sabourin
Brunel Sabourin is an independent agronomist with 25 years experience serving producers in the Red River Valley of Manitoba. As an owner of Antara Agronomy Services, along with his wife Jennifer, Brunel provides agronomy consulting services and facilitates on-farm research for their clients. Prior to Antara, Brunel worked as a sales agronomist for several local input retailers and consulting companies, never straying too far from the family grain farm in St Jean-Baptiste, Manitoba.

 Pest Management Session

Dr. Rajiv Khosla
Dr. Rajiv Khosla
Dr. Khosla is a Robert Gardner Award Professor of Precision Agriculture at Colorado State University. His main research focus has been on management of in-field soil and crop variability using geo-spatial technologies for precision management of crop-inputs. He has generated many discoveries in precision agriculture, most widely recognized among them is the innovative technique of quantifying variability of spatially diverse soils using satellite based remote-sensing to create management zones. Most recently, he was recognized with the Werner L. Nelson Award for Diagnosis of Yield-Limiting Factors by American Society of Agronomy. Previously, in 2015, he was recognized as the “Precision Ag Educator of the Year”, a national honor bestowed by the agricultural industry and in 2012, he was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. Previously, he has served two 2-yr terms on NASA’s US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing”.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy; Soil Science Society of America; Soil and Water Conservation Society; and Honorary Life Fellow of International Society of Precision Agriculture.

He is the Founder and Founding-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture.
Ms. Pratisara Bajracharya  Ms. Pratisara Bajracharya
I am a pathologist by training. I have a M.Sc. Degree in Plant Pathology and Genetics from University of Manitoba. I have a B.Sc. Degree in Microbiology from North Dakota State University. I started my career  working with various field crops and their diseases. In my current position as a Pesticide- Minor Use and Regulatory Specialist, I have multiple roles. Sometimes I put my Minor Use hat on and seek new pesticide registrations as requested by Manitoba growers and other times I switch hat and become a regulator. I administer Manitoba Ag’s pesticide licensing program and license all commercial pesticide users and sellers. I also work closely with Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) on pesticide related issues. When I have some spare time, I love to travel, listen to country music and try new recipes.
Dr. John Gavloski Dr. John Gavloski
John is an entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture in Carman.  He conducts monitoring programs for some of Manitoba's major insect pests and provides information on insects and insect management to farmers, agronomists and those working in the agriculture industry. John does numerous presentations and information updates for agronomists and farmers, and co-produces a weekly Manitoba Insect and Disease Update during the spring and summer. He has worked for Manitoba Agriculture since 1997.
Dr. Gary Peng Dr. Gary Peng
Gary received his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from University of Guelph in 1992, and is currently a Research Scientist at AAFC Saskatoon working primarily on clubroot and blackleg diseases of canola, including plant-pathogen interaction, host resistance and disease management. He has led many multi-disciplinary research projects over the years, received several research and achievement awards. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Dr. Bob Koch  Dr. Robert Koch
Dr. Bob Koch is an Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist at the University of Minnesota.  His research and extension responsibilities focus on applied ecology and integrated pest management of insects associated with soybean.  Currently, his research program focuses on IPM for the soybean aphid and brown marmorated stink bug.  Dr. Koch received a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor's degree in biology from St. John's University.  Prior to this position at the University of Minnesota, he worked for six years with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

 Crop Management Session

Dr. Jeff Stachler  Dr. Jeff Stachler
I grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in west central Ohio.  I have a B.S. and Ph.D degree from The Ohio State University in Agronomy and Weed Science, respectively.  I have a M.S. degree from Michigan State University in Weed Science.  I worked at The Ohio State University as a Weed Science Program Specialist from 1995 to 2008.  I worked as the Extension Weed Specialist for Sugarbeet for North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2013.  I currently work as The Ohio State University Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator in Auglaize County, Ohio.
Kim Brown-Livingston  Ms. Kim Brown-Livingston
Kim was raised on a mixed farm near Rivers, in southwest Manitoba. She went to U of M for first an Agronomy Degree and then did an MSc in Soil Science jointly with U of M and AAFC in Brandon. She stayed at AAFC as as Research Associate then went to Carman with Manitoba Agriculture first as a Weed Specialist and later as a Farm Production Advisor. After a move with her family to the beautiful Parkland she has been working in industry and is enjoying her time with Cargill as a Market Development Agronomist in Swan River and Yorkton.
Jason Voogt Mr. Jason Voogt
I have worked in the Agriculture Retail Industry for the past 23 years. Sales Agronomist for an Independent Retail in Carman for 5 years. 13 years with Cargill based out of the Elm Creek Location involved in agronomy at the location level and as Agronomy Manager 
Sales and agronomy support with Bud McKnight Seeds Ltd. in the Carman area for a short time as well as a short tenure with Richardson Pioneer as Regional Agronomist. 

Started my own independent Crop Consulting company called Field 2 Field Agronomy Inc. in January of 2016 based out of Carman, Manitoba. Professional Agrologist status with the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists as well as a Certified Crop Advisor with the American Society of Agronomy.

Committee and chairing responsibilities for the Manitoba Agronomists Conference, Manitoba Soil Science Society, Manitoba Soil Advisory Council and currently Manitoba Provincial Rep. for the Prairie Certified Crop Advisor Board.
Jonathon Driedger  Mr. Jonathon Driedger
Jonathon Driedger is a Senior Market Analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions, where he has worked for the past 10 years. Prior to joining FarmLink he worked as an economist for the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange and as a Commodity Risk Management consultant with a major U.S.-based futures brokerage firm. Jon attended the University of Manitoba where he obtained a BSc in Agribusiness and an MSc in Agricultural Economics. Recently, Jonathon has been a returning guest on BNN, providing context to Canadian Agricultural commodity markets. Jon grew up in Grunthal, Manitoba, where he still resides with his wife and three daughters.
Dr. Bruce Gossen  Dr. Bruce D. Gossen
Dr. Gossen graduated with a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985. Since then, he has been employed as a research scientist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada at Saskatoon SK, specializing in management of diseases of field crops. Over the course of his career, he has worked on diseases of forages and turf, cereals, pulse crops, canola and even vegetables. He has published more than 170 papers in refereed journal, plus hundreds of other articles and presentations. He has had a leadership role in many organizations, including a term as President of the Canadian Phytopathological Society, and has received numerous awards for his work, including two Golden Harvest Awards from AAFC and the Award for Outstanding Research from the Canadian Phytopathological Society. He currently leads studies on clubroot of canola and on root rot of field pea with colleagues across Canada and the USA, and continues to be active in supervision of graduate students and mentoring post-doctoral fellows.
Wendy McDonald
Ms. Wendy McDonald
Wendy McDonald is the Crop Inputs Manager for Parrish & Heimbecker, at their Gilbert Plains location. Wendy and her 2 daughters moved to Gilbert Plains 3 years ago, after living in Newdale for 15 years. Wendy was born and raised on a century family farm at Gladstone. Wendy is a U of M Aggie and she has been working with farmers as an agronomist for the past 19 years. No 2 of those years has ever been alike, and each has come with its own unique challenges and opportunities. Crop scouting is Wendy’s favorite part of the job. Wendy is also an Ag in the Classroom volunteer and a Provincial Councillor with Agrologists Manitoba.



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