On-Farm Research


 Plenary Session
 Laura Thompson
Laura Thompson
is an Extension Educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln working in the areas of Agronomy and Agriculture Technologies. She coordinates the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network, which works with agriculture producers to conduct field-scale research on their own operations and make use of the agriculture data they are collecting. Laura's research interests are in the area of reactive, site-specific nitrogen management. Laura is a certified remote pilot and certified crop advisor with precision ag specialization. Laura earned her Bachelor and Masters' degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, both in Agronomy with a focus on soils. Laura grew up in southeast Nebraska on a family grain farm growing corn, soybeans and warm season native grass seed. She and her husband, Nathan, are actively involved in the family farming operation.
 Robert Nielsen
Robert Nielsen
was raised on a farm in eastern Nebraska, obtaining a B.Sc. at the University of Nebraska. He obtained his M.Sc. and PhD from the University of Minnesota. He joined the Agronomy faculty at Purdue in 1982 with state-wide responsibilities for applied field research, graduate student training and extension programming emphasizing corn production. Robert's field-scale research currently focuses on the optimal use of fertilizer and seed inputs plus the evaluation of small UAVs for crop scouting and field research. His extension programming focuses on optimizing yield, profitability and stewardship of corn production for growers in Indiana and throughout the eastern Corn Belt. Dince the mid-90's, he has made extensive use of the web as an extension communication medium. His primary online presece today is the Chat 'n Chew Cafe that provides a one-stop-shop for links to timely agronomic newsletters from land grant universities throughout the Midwest, plus links to educational events and useful crop management references.
 Megan Bourns
Megan Bourns is currently the On-Farm Network Agronomist with Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers. In 2017 she graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Agriculture, majoring in Agronomy. In addition to her position with MPSG, she is finishing her M.Sc. in Soil Science, investigating potassium fertility for soybeans in Manitoba. Megan enjoys both the challenge and opportunity of on-farm research, and believes that it is an integral dimension of agronomic learning and informed decision making at a farm scale.
 Jennifer Sabourin
Jennifer Sabourin is driven by curiosity and has a passion for science and education. Along with her husband Brunel, she is a partner in Antara Agronomy Services where her primary role is Research Manager. Antara launched their own peer group On-Farm Research Network in 2018, based in the Red River Valley, and have facilitated over 100 field-scale research trials over the past three years. Jennifer has obtained a B.Sc., M.Sc. as well as a Bachelor of Education degree, all from the University of Manitoba. She and Brunel live in St. Jean with their four daughters.
 Harold Brown
Harold Brown is a Technical Service Specialist for BASF covering Eastern Manitoba. After growing up on a mixed farm near Nipawin, SK, Harold attended the University of Saskatchewan and completed a B.Sc. in Agriculture, majoring in Crop Science (1987) and then a M.Sc. in Agronomy (1990). He started his career in Research and Development developing crop protection products, later moving to technical service and market development. Since 2005, he has been working with growers doing on-farm trials.
 Ian Cook
Ian Cook
graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2011 with a diploma in Agriculture and in 2013 with a B.Sc in Agriculture. He has worked for Enns Brothers since 2013 as part of their Precision Ag Group, helping customers make data driven decisions.
 Crop Management Session
 John Kruse
Dr. John Kruse
is a soil scientist by academic training, earning his Ph.D. in soil fertility and soil chemistry from the University of Georgia. He served as a Crop Specialist for the Louisiana State University Agricultural Centre, and as a Research Agronomist in industry where he focused on developing field trials to evaluate the efficacy of products that enhance nitrogen use efficiency. More recently, his research has focused on technologies in the biological space, developing trial programs to test product candidates that hold potential to improve plant innate immunity, abiotic stress tolerance and nutrient uptake and utilization. As Chief Technology Officer for PlantResponse Biotech, he also contributes to intellectual property development and merger and acquisition evaluations from a technical perspective.
 Chad Koscielny
Dr. Chad Koscielny
is currently the North American canola breeding lead at Corteva AgriScience. He grew up on a grain farm close to Cardale, MB and attended the University of Manitoba where he completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc in Agronomy and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding. He worked in soybean and canola breeding for the past 19 years in many different roles. He works in Carman and lives close to Miami, MB with his wife and four kids.
 Lorne Grieger
Lorne Grieger
is the Project Manager for Agricultural Research and Development at PAMI in Portage la Prairie, MB. Lorne's passion for agriculture began with his family farm roots in the Swan Valley and followed with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Manitoba. After exploring the engineering consulting and pharmaceutical sectors, Lorne returned to a career in agriculture with PAMI. His broad range of experiences over his 17 years at PAMI include research and development of agricultural equipment; evaluation of bioenergy systems; and research in grain production, harvesting and storage techniques. PAMI is an applied research, development, and testing organization serving members of the agricultural community. PAMI has a history of independent third-party farm equipment evaluation and development that has spurred technological advances in traditional and new farming practice.
 Brendan Blight  
Brendan Blight
graduated from the University of Manitoba from the Agronmy program in 2010. He worked as an agronomist at an independent retail for five years before moving to MASC. At MASC, he is involved in program development and helping adjusting staff out in the field.
 Amber Knaggs
Amber Knaggs
grew up on a grain and cattle farm near Carman, MB. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Agriculture with a major in Plant Systems. After graduation, Amber started her agronomist career with Munro Farm Supplies and now Shur-Gro Farm Services in MacGregor, MB. Amber has been working with farms in the MacGregor area for 18 years. She is a member of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists and a volunteer for Ag in the Classroom - Manitoba. Amber and husband, Ian, can also be found volunteering their time in a hockey rink somewhere in central Manitoba as they have two boys who love hockey. Follow Amber on twitter @knaggs_amber.
 Rejean Picard
Rejean Picard
is currently working as Farm Production Extension Specialist-Crops with Manitoba Agriculture out of the Somerset office in south-central Manitoba. He is a professional agrologist with the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists. Rejean holds a Bachelor's degree in Applied Sciences from Laval University, majoring in soils and crops.
 Tom Rabaey
Dr. Tom Rabaey
is a Senior R&D Manager leading the Agronomy Sciences group on oat breeding and variety development, agronomy research, organic and regenerative agriculture practices, and is liaison for global agronomy at General Mills in Minneapolis, MN. Tom holds a B.Sc. in Agronomy Sciences from South Dakota State University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Agronomy Sciences and Entomology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1995, Tom began working with General Mills, Inc. and has worked on many brands for the company including Green Giant, Nature Valley, Cheerios, and the organic brands of Muir Glen, Cascasian Farm and Annie's Homegrown Organic. He gre up on a diversified family farm near Minnesota where he still has an active role in management of the operation.
 Soil Fertility and Management Session
 Cindy Grant
Dr. Cynthia Grant is a recently retired Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist, who was based at the Brandon MB research centre. Her nationally and internationally renowned research in soil fertility and crop nutrition continues to help make crop production more agronomically, economically and environmentally sustainable for Canadian producers. In 2019, Dr. Grant joined the elite who have been inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.
 Don Flaten
Dr. Don Flaten
is a Professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba where he specializes in crop nutrition and nutrient management teaching and research. Prior to joining the Department of Soil Science on a full-time basis, Don was Director of the School of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, as well as Provincial Soils Specialist for Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and a District Agriculturalist for Alberta Agriculture.
 John Heard
John Heard
serves as the Soil Fertility Extension Specialist for Manitoba Agriculture and previoiusly with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food in extension and field crop research. John has a B.Sc. in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and M.Sc. in Soil Science from Purdue University. Currently John is Chair of the Manitoba Soil Fertility Advisory Committee. John is a proud Certified Crop Advisor and was recognized as International CCA of the Year in 2014. John's odd obsession is hunting the officially designated state and provincial soils - of which he has captured 41 states and 8 provinces.
 Ryan Hutchison
Ryan Hutchison
has been involved in the precision ag industry since 1996 while working for Ag Depot in Saskatoon. During that time, he was part of the introduction of guidance systems, auto steer, satellite imagery, weather stations, moisture probes, and variable rate technologies. While these technologies were extremely exciting "back then", we struggle to implement and "trust the data" now. Currently, Ryan is the Integrated Solutions Manager for South Country Equipment John Deere in Regina, and Co-Founder/Business Development Lead for Crop Intelligence. The department has grown from an original staff of three five years ago to 13 today. The staff consists of machine optimization specialists, agronomists, and a GIS specialist. Ryan currently sits on the Dealer Advisory Board for the John Deere Integrated Solutions Group. A long standing concern of Ryan's has been the lack of timely data enablement. His team's goal is to help producers collect "timely, accurate and usable" data for their operation.
 Kevin Thompson
Kevin Thompson
was raised on a mixed grain and cattle farm south of Ochre River, MB. After completing his B.Sc. in Agronomy at the University of Manitoba in 2012, Kevin came back home to join the retail world where he spent time as both an Agronomist and Ag Input Manager. Kevin brings his knowledge of Agronomy and passion for agriculture to the 360 Ag Consulting team.
 Nicolea Dow
Nicolea Dow
is a third generation farmer from Portage la Prairie, MB. She currently operates Ronald Farms Inc., a 1,200 acre grain farm, along with her dad and brother. Nicolea completed a B.Sc. in Agronomy from the University of Manitoba in 2014. Following this, she worked for Bayer as part of their field marketing team for several years before leaving agronomy work to farm full-time. Nicolea and her husband, Nathan, now live on the farm and she loves being able to step out the door and get to work. In her free time, Nicolea runs a small florist business and enjoys volunteering with kids and youth ministry at their church.
 Jeff Strukoff
Jeff Strukoff
is a Professional Agrologist that works as an Agronomist with Bourgault Industries. Jeff develops and oversees agronomic trials, helps manage Bourgault's 2500 acre research farm and helps engineers develop and test new seeding and tillage equipment. Jeff earned his degree in agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1996. He worked for an independent retail in Melfort, SK and for a crop protection company before starting his on independent ag retail in St. Brieux, SK. Jeff managed his business for 17 years before selling in 2016. He has always had a keen interest in application and seeding equipment and jooined the Bourgault team in 2017. This new opportunity allows him to conduct field trials with all makes and models of application and seeding equipment. Outside work Jeff enjoys playing and coaching hockey, hunting, fishing, fixing things and building stuff. Jeff lives on a farm outside St. Brieux with his wife, Karen and his two kids, Alex and Tia, and all their pets!
 Pest Management Session
John Wilson John Wilson grew up on a farm in central Nebraska where the family grew corn, popcorn, prairie hay and fed out market hogs. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he received both his B.Sc and M.Sc. in Agronomy. He has been an Extension Educator with UNL in Burt County for 42 years and has been a CCA for over 22 years. His major programs have focused on fertilizer management, reduced- and no-till systems, IPM, intensive grazing management and flood recovery. John led a team of Extension Educators and Specialists from UNL and Iowa State University as they worked to bring cropland back into production following the 2011 Missouri River flood and continued those efforts this year following significant flooding. Since SCN was found in Burt County in 1987, John has worked extensively with this pest and has statewide responsibility for educational programming regarding its biology, identification and management. He coordinated numerous research plots comparing yields and reproduction on SCN-resistant and susceptible varieties on 32 infested and 12 non-infested sites, conducted multiple field days, educational meetings, srticles, radio and TV reports.
 Larry Buss
Larry Buss
of Logan, Iowa currently serves as an Iowa Corn Promotion Board Director and active in the Iowa Corn Growers Association. He is also President of the Harrison/Crawford County Corn Growers Association and a member of the Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program (IPRMP) Implementation Team. Launched in 2017, the IPRMP is a statewide effort to slow the development of pest resistance using a collaborative approach to promote pest resistance management practices. The Harrison County team includes farmer cooperators who will help evaluate and demonstrate cost-effectiveness of weed resistance management. This effort is one of several pest management projects coordinated by Iowa State, which is working with many partners to develop and implement projects with farmers and their agronomic team of advisors and professionals. Alongside his wife Bunny and their two sons, Troy and Jason, Buss has been farming for over 40 years while continuously making improvements to the land his family operates. Dealing with many difference soil types on the farm, Larry and Bunny understand the importance of soil management. They have been no-till farming for 33 years and implementing the use of cover crops and other conservation practices.
 John Gavloski
Dr. John Gavloski
is an Entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture in Carman, MB. 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 Crop Pest Update during the spring and summer. He has worked for Manitoba Agriculture since 1997. John has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Biology and M.Sc. in Entomology from the University og Guelph. John completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba. Aside from Entomology, John also enjoys cycling, travelling and observing almost any type of wildlife.
 Richard Anderson
Richard Anderson
is a BASF Representative and Farmer from Southwestern Onatrio, working directly with growers for BASF since graduation from University of Guelph in 2002. He has a strong focus on helping growers manage glyphosate-resistant weeds on their farm. Most glyphosate-resistant weeds have been first discovered in the area; Giant Ragweed (2009), Canada Fleabane (2010), Common Ragweed (2012) and Waterhemp (2014). Rich also operates a 1100 acre farm with his father and uncle.
 Greg LaPlante
Greg LaPlante
is President of GL Crop Consulting. Since 1983 he is actively engaged in crop consulting in southeast North Dakota, west-central Minnesota and northeast South Dakota. The primary crops Greg manages include soybeans, corn, small grains (including fall rye), sugarbeets and sunflowers. Greg's greatest concern is the preservation of current herbicide, insecticide and fungicide modes of action. Greg's participation at the recent Global Symposium on Weed Resistance Management in Paris, France, gave him an opportunity to converse with farmers, university academics, consultants, agronomists and Bayer Crop Science employees from all over the globe. Greg has been an advocate of educational opportunities for farmers and the rest of production agriculture. He believes sharing of ideas, knowledge and cooperation to solve problems is key to our success in the future.

 

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