Soybean and Pulse Crop Agronomy and Cropping Systems
Department of Plant Science
Room 113 Plant Science
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 CANADA
The Soybean and Pulse Agronomy Lab focuses on soybean and dry bean agronomy and optimization of soybean and pulse cropping systems. The goal of my research program is to study and develop best management practices and cropping systems that optimize agronomy, profitability and sustainability for farmers in Manitoba and western Canada. I also bring leadership in the area of applied science, extension and teaching and integration of those processes.
What is agronomy?
Agronomy is the study of soils and plants, the practice of field crop production, and the management of land and water resources.
- U of Manitoba
Study and develop best management practices for soybean and pulse cropping systems through agronomic research, extension and training.
M.Sc. Plant Science (Cropping Systems), Department of Plant Science, 2013, University of Manitoba
B.Sc. Agriculture (Major: Agronomy, Minor: Soil Science), 2011, University of Manitoba
Agriculture diploma (General), 2008, School of Agriculture, University of Manitoba
Professional Agrologist, Manitoba Institute of Agrologists
Certified Crop Advisor
Kristen joined the Department of Plant Science in 2016 through a grassroots initiative led by the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers in partnership with the University of Manitoba to increase capacity to conduct applied agronomy research focused on soybeans, dry beans and field peas in Manitoba. The agronomist-in-residence initiative also aims to enhance the student experience and prioritize extension.
Prior to joining the U of M, Kristen was the first Production Specialist and Director of Research & Production with Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers from 2013-2016 during the major soybean acreage expansion. Kristen developed the first Research & Production Strategy for the organization which included the Bean Report, field scouting network, targeted research investments, expansion and branding of the On-Farm Network, disease survey and a suite of production resources. She met many farmers, agronomists and industry advisors along the way.
DAGR 0630 Soybean Field Agronomy - New field-based experiential learning course developed and delivered in 2018
PLNT 0410 and PLNT 0760 - Guest lectures and case studies
MacMillan K.P and R. H. Gulden. 2020. Effect of seeding date, environment and cultivar on soybean seed yield, yield components, and seed quality in the Northern Great Plains. Agronomy Journal; 1-13. (Download)