• The 2021 conference will be held on Wednesday, December 15 & Thursday, December 16, 2021. 


MAC 2021


University of Manitoba





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Registration details

Registration Information

Early Bird registration rate is $185 (includes 5% GST) until November 26, 2021, 11:59 pm.

Regular registration rate is $225 (includes 5% GST).


An individual email address is required for each participant to access the webcast and claim CCA CEUs. Please do not use the same email address for multiple registrations and complete all required fields.

High Speed Internet is required for webcast viewing. Once your registration is processed, a receipt, registration confirmation and webcast login information will be emailed to you.

To earn CEUs, your CCA number must be entered on the registration form. A link with a portal to claim your CEUs will be emailed to you AFTER the conference.


Privacy and refund policies

Manitoba Agronomists' Conference 2021 Privacy Policy:

The Manitoba Agronomists' Conference (MAC) to be held virtually via the ZOOM Video Conferencing application on Wednesday, December 15th and Thursday, December 16th, 2021, is respectful of your privacy.  All personal information requested during registration or any other time is used only for the internal business and administration purposes of the MAC.  All personal information including names, billing addresses, and credit card information is regarded as highly confidential.  To ensure the protection of your privacy, all registration information is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology.  The MAC does not knowingly solicit, trade, sell, or otherwise deliver any personal information to any third parties.  By providing the necessary information required in the registration process, you agree to receive information through electronic mail regarding future MAC news and conference updates.  If you prefer not to receive such updates, please contact our office at:  mbagconf@umanitoba.ca

Manitoba Agronomists' Conference 2021 Refund Policy:

Notification of cancellation must be received by email by 4:30pm on Friday, December 10, 2021 in order to receive a refund of a paid registration fee, less an administration fee of $50.00 CAD.  No refunds will be given after the cancellation due date.  Registrations may be transferred without an administration fee on or before 4:30pm on December 10, 2021.

Please send notification to:
Manitoba Agronomists' Conference Coordinator
Email: mbagconf@umanitoba.ca

CCA & CCSC credits

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs - 12.0

Complete one of the two options below to claim your CEUs:

  1. Record validation codes for each session (displayed during breaks). Once the conference is complete, use this portal to claim your credits from the 2021 conference, using your unique registration username (email) and password provided in your conference confirmation email. The deadline for submitting the form to claim your credits is December 31, 2021.

  2. Download the Certified Crop Advisor App (in the App Store or on Google Play). Sign-in with your CCA credentials and scan the QR codes for each session (displayed during the breaks).


Nutrient Management  2.5 0
Integrated Pest Management 0 3.0
Crop Management 1.5 3.0
Soil and Water Management 1.0 0
Professional Development 1.0 0


POSTER Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs - 2.0

See posters for the CCA quiz and answer submission form

AREA Total Available
Nutrient Management 0.5
Integrated Pest Management 0.5
Crop Management 0.5
Soil & Water Management 0.5
TOTAL POSSIBLE CCA CREDITS for poster session 2.0


Certified Crop Science Consultants (CCSC) CEUs - TBA

AREA Day 1  Day 2
Integrated Pest Management - -
Crop Management  - -
Professional Development - -
Biotechnology - -


CCSC Day 1 - December 15

CCSC Day 2 - December 16

 Please email a signed copy of each sheet to mbagconf@umanitoba.ca

Conference details


Wednesday, December 15, 2021

8:30    Welcome

8:40    Financial Tools and Strategies to Navigate Uncertainty
            Terry Betker, President, Backswath Management

9:15    Agronomic Advice Amid Turmoil in Crop Input Pricing and Supply
            Trish Meyers, Director Ag Solutions, Federated Co-operatives Limited & Stewart Boyd, Regional Grow Team Advisor, Federated Co-operatives Limited

9:45    Risky Business - Is Parametric Insurance the Answer?
            Andy Nadler, Agricultural Meterologist, Peak Hydromet Solutions

10:15  Coffee Break & Poster Session
10:45  Crop Rotations as a Tool for Reducing Uncertainty
             Dr. Sheri Strydhorst, Agronomy Research Agronomist, Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission 

11:15  Evolving Food Trends and their Impact on our Agri-Food Sector
             Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, Senior Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University

12:00  Lunch


1:00    Strategies to Manage Soil Salinity: Case Studies on Tile Drainage and Planting Salt-Tolerant Forages
            John Lee, Soil Scientist, AGVISE Laboratories & Lyle Cowell, Regional Agrologist, Nutrien Ag Solutions

1:45    Do Landowners Care About Proper Land Stewardship?
            Barrie Manikel, Business Development Consultant, AgCall Inc.

2:15    Coffee Break & Poster Session

2:45    Where to Spend Fertilizer Dollars in Tumultuous Times

            •  2:45-3:15 - The Researcher's Perspective: Dr. Cynthia Grant, retired Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada & Dr. Don Flaten, retired University of Manitoba

            •  3:15-3:55 - The Agronomists' Perspective: Wendy Kostur, Senior Agronomist, 360 Ag Consulting & Jason Voogt, Owner, Lead Agronomist, Field 2 Field Agronomy Inc.

            •  3:55-4:30 - Farmer Panel: Fertilization Strategies to Weather the Unpredictable
            Moderator: John Heard, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
            Adam Gurr, Rapid City
            Rick Rutherford, Grosse Isle


Thursday, December 16, 2021


8:30    Herbicide/Soil Interactions                                                                                                                                                                                  Dr. Sarah Lancaster, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

9:20    Herbicide Resistance - Act Now Before It's Too Late                                                                                                                                       Dr. Charles Geddes, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

9:50    Coffee Break & Poster Session

10:20  Battling Soybean Cyst Nematode in North America: Past, Present, and Future                                                                                        Dr. Greg Tylka, Professor, Director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center, Iowa State University

10:50  Is Tillage Beneficial or Detrimental for Insect and Slug Management                                                                                                        Dr. Elizabeth Rowen, Service Assistant Professor, West Virginia University

11:20  Old Pests, New Pests and Heaps of Hoppers: Insect Concerns from 2021 and Forecast for 2022                                                       Dr. John Gavloski, Entomologist, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

12:00  Lunch


1:00    Heat and Moisture Stress in Canola                                                                                                                                                                    Dr. Malcolm Morrison, Oilseed Physiologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada & Nate Ort, Agronomy Specialist, Canola Council of Canada

1:30    2021 Field Pea Challenges & Tips for 2022
            Anastasia Kubinec, Agronomist, Roquette Canada Ltd.

2:00    Crop Rotation – A Farmer Perspective 
            Moderator: Terry J. Buss, Agriculture Adaptation Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development
            Jenneth Johanson, Beausejour
            Boris Michaleski, Dauphin 
            Rachel Neumann, Emerson

2:45    Coffee Break & Poster Session

3:15    Observations About Sunflower Production
            Dr. Hans Kandel, Extension Agronomist, North Dakota State University

3:45    Ultra-Early Spring Wheat Seeding Systems
            Dr. Brian Beres, Senior Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Invited speaker guidelines

Please follow the instructions below to assist the organizing committee in preparing the Program, Abstracts, Webinar and Conference Proceedings.


Friday, November 19, 2021 Abstract
Biography, picture &, presentation title
Friday, November 26, 2021 Presentation slides
Recorded video presentation

Please submit required items to mbagconf@umanitoba.ca


  • Submit in a Word Document
  • Use Calibri, 11 size font, 1 inch margins, single spacing
  • Include title, names and affiliations of authors and email of corresponding author
  • 100-200 words in length


  • For use on MAC website and online program
  • Biography can be up to 100 words in length, following similar format as abstract
  • Picture should be headshot
  • Title needs to be approved by the Chair of the respective session


  • For download by participants during the conference and for the proceedings
  • Use simple background and colour schemes
  • Use contrasting text and background
  • Use large font, limit text on each slide
  • Use simple tables, figures and graphs (all axis labelled!)


Although each speaker will present live during the conference via Zoom Webinar, the organizing committee requires all speakers to submit their presentation ahead of the conference in case of unforeseen technical problems with the live-stream. You can use Zoom web client to record your presentation (instructions here).   



Performance of Commercial Wheat Varieties under Organic Production (PDF)
Michelle Carkner, Martin Entz, University of Manitoba

Canadian Prairie Canola Yield Trends from 2011 to 2020 (PDF)
Justine Cornelsen, Nathaniel Ort, Canola Council of Canada

Exploring the Effect of High Nitrogen Rates on Oat Production (PDF)
Scott Chalmers, Justice Zhanda, Carlie Johnston, Westman Agriculture Diversification Organization

Fall Nitrification Inhibition of Anhydrous Ammonia in Manitoba (PDF)
Muhammad Junaid Afzal, Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba; John Heard, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

Direct vs Traditional Potato Planting in Manitoba, 2021 (PDF)
Vikram Bisht, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development; Scott Graham, J.R. Simplot Co; Chad Berry, UTH Farms

Pesticide Rinsate Biobed for Conserving Water Quality (PDF)
Sarah Johnson, Phoenix Nakagawa, Marufa Fatema, Terrance Anseeuw, Andrej Kao, Fahad Khan, Alistair Brown, Inoka Amarakoon, Annemieke Farenhort, Univeristy of Manitoba; Claudia Sheedy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Post-registration Assessment of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in Spring Wheat (PDF)
Anne Kirk, Chami Amarasinghe, David Kaminski, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

The 2021 Manitoba Fall Soil Moisture (PDF)
Timi Ojo, Hailey Wright, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development

Relationship Between Free Asparagine Concentration and Dough Quality in Canadian Hard Red Spring Wheat (PDF)
Susane Trevisan, Ali Salimi Khorshidi, Yi Xie, James House, Martin Scanlon, University of Manitoba; Elaine Sopiwnyk, Cereals Canada; Zhaoxian Zhou, AoKun Food Ltd.

Agronomic Practices Can Help to Reduce Free Asparagine (ASN) in Western Canadian Wheat (PDF)
Yi Xie, Ali Salimi Khorshidi, Lovemore Nkhata Malunga, Nancy Ames, Rotimi Aluko, Martin Scanlon, University of Manitoba, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Tackling Acrylamide in Canadian Wheat Bakery Products (PDF)
Ali Salimi Khorshidi, Pham Tuan, Belay Ayele, Martin Scanlon, University of Manitoba

Poster Presentation Schedule


Poster Presenters

Poster Title

Wednesday AM



Michelle Carkner

Performance of Commercial Wheat Varieties under Organic Production


Nate Ort

Canadian Prairie Canola Yield Trends from 2011 to 2020

Wednesday PM 



Scott Chalmers

Exploring the Effect of High Nitrogen Rates on Oat Production


Muhammad Junaid Afzal

Fall Nitrification Inhibition of Anhydrous Ammonia in Manitoba


Vikram Bisht

Direct vs Traditional Potato Planting in Manitoba, 2021

Thursday AM



Sarah Johnson

Pesticide Rinsate Biobed for Conserving Water Quality


Anne Kirk

Post-registration Assessment of Fusarium Head Blight Resistance in Spring Wheat


Timi Ojo

The 2021 Manitoba Fall Soil Moisture

Thursday PM



Susane Trevisan                             

Relationship Between Free Asparagine Concentration and Dough Quality in Canadian Hard Red Spring Wheat

Yi Xie

Agronomic Practices Can Help to Reduce Free Asparagine (ASN) in Western Canadian Wheat

Ali Salimi Khorshidi

Tackling Acrylamide in Canadian Wheat Bakery Products


Amy Mangin

Manitoba Canola Growers Research Survey

Poster Guidelines


All faculty, graduate students and agronomic crop consultants are welcome to submit a poster.

For the 2021 MAC, posters will only be viewed online.  


Friday, November 19, 2021

Recorded poster "pitch" video
Preferred break to host Q/A session

Friday, November 26, 2021

Poster PDF
Five questions for CCAs

Please submit required items to mbagconf@umanitoba.ca


  • Submit in a Word Document
  • Use Calibri, 11 size font, 1 inch margins, single spacing
  • Include title, names and affiliations of authors and email of corresponding author
  • 100-200 words in length


Each poster presenter will have an opportunity to address the entire audience at one of four breaks during the conference.  Please submit a 30 second video recording where you introduce yourself and the research highlights of your poster. You can use Zoom web client to record your pitch (instructions here).


To allow for networking with conference participants, poster presenters are required to host a question and answer break-out session during one of the four coffee breaks. Check the conference program above and select a break you prefer to host your Q/A session. Please indicate your preference in your abstract and poster pitch submission, and we will try to accommodate the preferences on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Instructions on how to login to the Zoom Webinar and host the break-out session will be provided closer to the conference date.


Posters will be available to conference participants on the MAC website, and will be viewed either online or printed out. Please ensure your content is legible and discernable using the following formatting requirements:

  • Submit as a PDF
  • Format for 8.5 x 11 inch paper
  • Use Calibri, font size no smaller than 10, landscape orientation, page margins no less than 1/2 inch (1.27cm)
  • Use simple tables, figures and graphs (all axis labelled) 


Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are offered to participants viewing the posters and completing a quiz based on the research content. If you would like your poster to be eligible for such credits (which will likely increase the traffic to your poster), please submit five multiple choice questions to MAC Co-Chair, John Heard (john.heard@gov.mb.ca)

Webinar technical details

MAC ZOOM webinar Attendee Guide

Test your ZOOM connection

Conference day problems?

Problems? Contact: mbagconf@umanitoba.ca

Volunteering with MAC

Volunteers will not be needed for the Manitoba Agronomists' Conference in 2021. Thank you to all who contributed to past conferences.

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