Manitoba Agronomists Conference theme: Advanced technologies: Tools or replacements for Agronomists

Registration details




  • In-person attendance registration will close @ 4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 5, 2023.
  • Virtual attendance registration will close @ 4:00 pm on Monday, December 11, 2023.
  • An individual email address is required for each participant to access the webcast.  Do not use the same email address for multiple registrations and complete all required fields.
Early Bird Rate in effect until Sunday, November 26. $185
Regular rate in effect from Monday, November 27 to Monday, December 11. $225
GST included.  

Registration confirmation and conference details will be emailed to you within 72 hours of registration.

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CCA & CCSC credits

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs

Complete the following to claim your CEUs:

  • Download the Certified Crop Advisor App (in the App Store or on Google Play) to have your CCA credits posted immediately. Sign-in with your CCA credentials and scan the QR codes for each session (displayed during the breaks).
  • The deadline for submitting the form to claim your credits is December 31, 2023.


Note:  Watching an archived version of the conference does not qualify for CCA credits.

Nutrient Management  2 0
Integrated Pest Management 2 0.5
Crop Management 4 2.5
Soil and Water Management 0 1
Professional Development 0 0

POSTER Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEUs

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

**This event qualifies for CEUs towards CCSC certification but sign in sheets are not required to be filled in. Certified Crop Science Consultants wishing to collect CEUs for the Manitoba Agronomists Conference sessions may submit a CEU request through the CCSC Program self-reporting database at

Conference details



PDF MAC 2023 Proceedings

Day 1 - Wednesday, December 13, 2023


8:25    Welcome 

8:30      Setting the Stage for MAC 2023

8:45    My Personal Learnings in Ag Tech: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Todd Ormann, Olds College of Agriculture and Technology

9:30      Assessing and Weeding Out New Ag Technologies for Agronomists
    Dr. Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University

10:15   Coffee Break & Poster Session

10:45     Outfitting your Agronomists and Farmers with Useful Technologies
    Dale Cowan, AGRIS Co-operative Ltd.

11:10    AI and Agronomy - Is the Cart Ahead of the Horse?
    Emile deMilliano (retired)

11:35    Plenary Speaker Q & A 
12:00    Lunch


1:00    Farmer Panel: Implementing New Technologies in the Field
    Moderator: Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture    
    Fiona Jochum, Blue Diamond Farms
    Reid Mazinke
    Tyler Menold

1:45    Kochia Warrant our Full Attention
    Dr. Brian Jenks, North Dakota State University

2:30    Coffee Break & Poster Session

3:00    Improving the Management of Foliar and Root Diseases in Field Peas
    Dr. Michael Wunsch, North Dakota State University

3:30    Do you ‘Walk the Line?’
    Marcie Schultz, Pesticide Compliance Program, Health Canada

4:00    The Diversity and Role of Native Bees in Field Crop Production
    Dr. Jason Gibbs, University of Manitoba

4:30    Reception 

Day 2 - Thursday, December 14, 2023


8:30    Multiple Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp: The Ontario Experience
    Dr. Peter Sikkema, University of Guelph

9:15    The Evolution of Soybean Production
Horst Bohner, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    Dennis Lange, Manitoba Agriculture

10:00    Coffee Break & Poster Session

10:30    Agronomic Management to Maximize Spring Wheat Yield and Protein while Minimizing Lodging Risk
    Dr. Amy Delaquis, Manitoba Canola Growers

11:00    Crop Diversification: What Works and What Hasn’t
    Scott Chalmers, Manitoba Agriculture

11:30    Making Every Seed Count: Crop Management Effects on Canola Establishment
    Chris Holzapfel, Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation

12:00    Lunch


1:00    Tuning Up Fertility with Fertilizer Rich and Omission Strips
    Dr. Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University

1:30   Nutrient Uptake and Removal in Prairie Crops    
    John Heard (retired)

2:00    What is a Plant Nutrient? Changing Definitions to Advance Science and Innovation in Plant Nutrition
    Dr. Patrick Brown, University of California-Davis

2:30    Coffee Break & Poster Session
3:00    Fertilizer Management Challenges for Direct Seeding
    Lyle Cowell, Nutrien
3:45    Soil Salinity Fixes: Quick or Patient
    Dr. Tom DeSutter, North Dakota State University

4:30    Closing Comments


Speakers presenting at the conference is by invitation only.

Invited speaker guidelines

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


Friday, November 17, 2023 Abstract
Biography, picture &, presentation title
Friday, November 24, 2023 Presentation slides
Recorded video presentation (if applicable)

Please submit required items to


  • 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 (high resolution JPG file 500k-1MB minimum), preferably a landscape orientation.
  • 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!)


For any speakers presenting via Zoom Webinar a recorded presentation must be submitted 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).   






Soil Fertility 

On-Farm Evaluation of Inoculation Strategies in Soybeans  (Poster PDF)
Christopher Forsythe, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers

Performance of Soybean-based Rotations in Manitoba: Soil P and K  (Poster PDF)
Ramona Mohr, Yong Min Kim, Mohammad Khakbazan, Debbie McLaren (ret’d), and Byron Irvine (ret’d) 

Farm-scale Research on Stabilization of Fall Anhydrous Ammonia in Manitoba  (Poster PDF)
Muhammad Junaid Afzal, Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba, John Heard (ret’d) Manitoba Agriculture

Effect of Nitrification Inhibitors on Nitrogen Transformations in Soils with Different Textures – An Incubation Study  (Poster PDF)
Rida Sabirova, Muhammad Junaid Afzal, Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba

Soil and Water Management

Meta-analysis of 4R Nitrogen Management on Direct N2O Emissions from Croplands in Cold Climate  (Poster PDF)
Sakshi, Xiaopeng Gao, Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba

The Prairie Precision Sustainability Network (PPSN): Can we identify marginal field areas using only satellite imagery and precision yield data?  (Poster PDF)
Prairie Precision Sustainability Network  

Comparing N2O Concentration with Surface Fluxes under Different Farming Practices During the Spring Thaw  (Poster PDF)
Faezeh Parastesh, Xiaopeng Gao, Mario Tenuta, University of Manitoba

2023 Growing Season: How Dry Was It and Did Soil Health Matter?  (Poster PDF)
Grace Thomson, Martin Entz, Sarah Wilcott, University of Manitoba

Update on Detailed Soil Survey Activities in Manitoba  (Poster PDF)
Megan Westphal, Ronggui Wu, Manitoba Agriculture

Crop Management

Teff (Eragrostis tef) Intercrops for Forage Production in Manitoba  (Poster PDF)
James Frey, Manitoba Agriculture

Leveraging On-Farm Research to Evaluate New Malting Barley Varieties for Production and Malting Selection in Manitoba  (Poster PDF)
Li Yueshu, Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre, Ashley Ammeter, Morgan Cott, Daryl Rex, Andrew Hector, Manitoba Crop Alliance

Performance of Soybean-based Rotations in Manitoba: Yield and Quality  (Poster PDF)
Ramona Mohr, Yong Min Kim, Mohammad Khakbazan, Debbie McLaren (ret’d), Byron Irvine (ret’d), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agronomic Response of Pea to Preceding Crop, Tillage Strategy and Phosphorus Fertilization in Southern Manitoba  (Poster PDF)  

Brodie Erb, Kristen MacMillan, Joanne Thiessen Martens, Rob Gulden, University of Manitoba

Can Hairy Vetch be a Worthwhile Companion in Grain Corn & Grazing Corn Strategies, or is it just another Big Hairy Monster?  (Poster PDF)
Scott Chalmers, Manitoba Agriculture

Plant Breeding to Increase Productivity of Organic Wheat: Results from the Glenlea Long Term Study  (Poster PDF)
Sarah Wilcott, Martin Entz, University of Manitoba

Establishment of Annual Crop - Living Mulch System  (Poster PDF)
Jessica Frey, Joanne Thiessen Martens, University of Manitoba

Agronomic Strategies to Intercrop Corn in Manitoba  (Poster PDF)
Talyia Tober, Navneet Brar, Emma McGeough, Yvonne Lawley, University of Manitoba

Pest Management

Reducing Root Rots in Soybean through Better Understanding of Host Defense to Fusarium graminearum  (Poster PDF)
Nadia Garma, Rhodesia Celoy, Mohammad Sayari, Mohamed El-Shetehy, Pawanpuneet Rehal, Fouad Daayf, University of Manitoba

Performance of Soybean-based Rotations in Manitoba: Root Diseases  (Poster PDF)
Yong Min Kim, Debbie McLaren (ret’d), Ramona Mohr, Byron Irvine (ret’d), Mohammad Khakbazan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 

Are Intercropped Cover Crops Compatible with Canola Weed Management on the Canadian Prairies?  (Poster PDF)
Janelle Gawiak, Yvonne Lawley, University of Manitoba, Maryse Bourgault, University of Saskatchewan, Linda Gorim, University of Alberta

Manitoba Survey of Herbicide-resistant Weeds in 2022  (Poster PDF)
Charles Geddes, Mattea Pittman, Kim Brown-Livingston, Julie Leeson

Predicting Prairie Weed Community Emergence During Drought: A 1930’s Dust Bowl Case Study  (Poster PDF)
S.M. Sharpe, J. Sandhu, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Comparative Fungicide Efficacy Testing for Managing Mycosphaerella Blight and White Mould in Peas in Manitoba  (Poster PDF)
Baljeet Singh, Dustin Bauer, Nevaeh Witherspoon, Shreyas Gopi Venkatesh Prasad, Assiniboine Community College

Weed Suppression by Integrating Cultural Tactics in Western Canadian Soybean Production  (Poster PDF)
Charles Geddes, Shamini Jayasekara, Mallory Anderson, Robert Gulden, Chris Holzapfel

Retirement Celebrations

The Effect of Nearly 27 Years of Service to Manitoba's Agriculture Industry
M. Riekman, K. Brown, M. Timmerman, Manitoba Agriculture, C. Cavers, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Poster Guidelines



Monday, November 13, 2023

Title and 25-word summary

Monday, November 20, 2023


Friday, December 1, 2023

Poster PDF
Five questions for CCAs

Please submit required items to


  • 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.  


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.


Posters will be available to conference participants on the MAC website. 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) 


  • All posters will be displayed on a half-size poster board for both days. Display space per poster can be no larger than 44.5" x 44.5".


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

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