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Webinars for Agribusiness, Farmers and Ranchers

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture is pleased to make the following webinars available to help you upgrade your skills and knowledge on a variety of industry-related topics:

Crop Diagnostic School: Insects, Beneficials and Pre-Harvest Appraisals
July 30, 2020

Dr. Tyler Wist, Entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, and Dr. James Tansey, Provincial Insect and Pest Management Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, provide an overview of defining characteristics to help with identifying various insect species in the field. Fred Waelchli, Research Analyst with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, and Rheaume Richaud, Field Supervisor with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, demonstrate how to assess the yield potential of various crops in the field using pre-harvest appraisals.

Crop Diagnostic School: Diseases, Fungicides and Intercropping
July 29, 2020

Shannon Chant, Crops Extension Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, discusses important considerations for disease scouting and biosecurity. Dr. Michelle Hubbard, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Swift Current, provides an update on ascochyta research in chickpeas and root rots in lentils while Dr. Randy Kutcher, Professor with the University of Saskatchewan, reviews fusarium head blight and stripe rust in cereal crops and discusses fungicide timing. Lana Shaw, Research Manager at the South East Research Farm, and Sherri Roberts, Crops Extension Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture provide an update on recent research into intercropping. Dale Risula, Provincial Special Crops Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, provides information on growing dry beans in the province while Terry Kowalchuk, Provincial Forage Specialists, gives an update on incorporating forage crops into a sustainable crop rotation.

Crop Diagnostic School: Soil Profiles, Nutrient Deficiencies and Phosphorous Fertility
July 28, 2020

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, discusses the formation of soil, how to identify different soil characteristics and available resources for more information. Dr. Jeff Schoenau, Professor with the University of Saskatchewan, provides information on how to visually identify nutrient deficiencies in the plant. Gary Kruger, Irrigation Agrologist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, provides information on phosphorous fertility and building soils in the future.

Crop Diagnostic School: Weed ID, Tankmix Cleanout and Pesticide Mixing Order
July 27, 2020

Erin Campbell, Crops Extension Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture explains how to differentiate weeds from each other based on common or distinguishing characteristics. Clark Brenzil, Provincial Weed Control Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, discusses the importance of properly cleaning out sprayer tanks before switching fields and what to look for when herbicide damage has occurred. Doug Fehr, agronomist, demonstrates and discusses why the proper steps for pesticide mixing should be followed in order to avoid compatibility issues in the tank or the field.

Forages for Pollinators
July 10, 2020

Graham Parsons, Pollinator Biosecurity Specialist with Crops and Irrigation Branch out of Prince Albert discusses the relationship between forages, pollinators. Brittany Neumeier, Intern Extension Agrologist with Regional Services Branch out of Outlook discusses CAP program funding opportunities for beekeepers and forage producers.

Long Term Crop Planning for Profitability, Pest Management and Soil Health
June 7, 2020

Edgar Hammermeister, a franchise owner of Western Ag Professional Agronomy and manager of Agronomic Services, discusses crop rotations and their importance for long-term farm viability and sustainability.

Impacts of Crop Rotation on Disease Management in Canola, Wheat and Peas
June 7, 2020

Patrick Mooleki, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, discusses the drivers, reality and impact of crop rotations in Saskatchewan.

Towards better management of sclerotinia stem rot of canola using fungicides: the answer may be blowing in the wind!
June 26, 2020

Kelly Turkington, Researcher with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, AB provides an update on recent research findings of sclerotinia control in canola. He discusses fungicide use and the ongoing research on determining when and how to spray.

Managing Blackleg Canola: What's Coming Down the Research Pipeline?
June 5, 2020

Gary Peng Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (maybe his job title and who he works for) as he discusses what's new with blackleg and what his team is looking into with blackleg research in Saskatchewan.

Crop Talk 2020 – Jeff Schoenau on Micronutrients
March 25, 2020

Dr. Jeff Schoenau is a professor of soil fertility and professional agrologist who works in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan. On this webinar he walks us through how micronutrients affect your crops.

Crop Talk 2020 – Shelterbelts and You: An internet tool to help you learn about your trees
March 25, 2020

Bryan Mood, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, discusses how his team is working the province's landowners to better understand how it climate change will affect them and their properties.

Crop Talk 2020- Research Updates from the Conservation Learning Centre
March 25, 2020

Robin Lokken, the manager of the Conservation Learning Centre located near Prince Albert, updates us on the current and upcoming research at the AgriARM site this year.

How to Interpret Soil Test
March 2, 2020

Tom King, Ph.D., PAg, walks through exactly how to decipher soil test results and how to get the most from them.

Emerging Crop Diseases in Saskatchewan
February 13, 2020

Barb Ziesman, Provincial Plant Disease Specialist, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, walks through disease issues of the 2019 growing season and potential issues for the 2020 growing season

Animal Protection in Saskatchewan
February 25, 2019

Don Ferguson, Director of Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS), presents Animal Protection Act Investigations, How They Work and How You Can Help

2019 SCIC Forage Insurance Programs
March 4, 2019

Kim McLean, Research Analyst with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC), presents 2019 enhancements to the Forage Insurance Programs offered by SCIC.

IHARF 2018 Field Research Program Update
February 27, 2019

Chris Holzapfel, Research Manager with the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF), discusses highlights from their 2018 research program including faba bean seeding rate and seeding dates, wheat inputs and 4R nutrient stewardship.

Goss's Wilt in Corn
December 6, 2018

Dr. Dean Malvick, Plant Pathologist with the University of Minnesota, discusses Goss's Wilt disease in corn and what that means for Saskatchewan producers now that is has been found here.

Managing Corn for High Yields While Controlling Costs
December 6, 2018

Dr. Jeff Coulter, Professor and Extension Agronomist with the University of Minnesota, provides agronomic information on managing high yielding corn while controlling costs.

Herbicide Resistance in Saskatchewan Fields
December 18, 2018

Clark Brenzil, Provincial Weed Control Specialist with Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, discusses how resistance develops in the field and how to best manage any problems. He also provides an update on herbicide resistant weeds in the province, with a focus on kochia.

Clubroot Surveillance and Management in 2018
June 26, 2018

Barb Ziesman, Provincial Plant Disease Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture provides information on the 2018 province-wide clubroot survey. She reviews the survey protocol and how producers and industry can help management the issue if found in their fields. Barb also discusses good management practices and regulatory process.

Disease Investigations Webinar
June 26, 2018

Dr. John Campbell, Disease Investigation Unit (DIU) lead, discusses the program and its impact on livestock health and welfare. The DIU is a partnership between the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture that has operated as a vital disease surveillance tool in the province for more than 20 years.

The Dos and Don'ts of Feeding Silage to Livestock
April 20, 2018

Regional Livestock and Feed Extension Specialists Jenifer Heyden and Alicia Sopatyk discuss the benefits and cautions of feeding silage to livestock.

Comparing Costs: How Can Silage Fit Into Your Budget?
April 11, 2018

Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist Travis Peardon discusses the costs associated with silage production.

Silage Series - Moisture Testing, Harvesting and Storing Good Quality Silage
April 5, 2018

Range Management Extension Specialist Lorne Klein provides an overview of moisture testing methods for silage harvesting. Ray Bittner, Livestock Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, then discusses best practices for harvesting and storing good-quality silage.

Silage Series: Species Selection, The First Step to Producing Good Quality Silage
March 28, 2018

Livestock and Feed Extension Specialist, Dwayne Summach, provides an overview of forage species and varieties for silage production for livestock.

Taking Your Spring Wheat Yields to the Next Level 2.0
February 1, 2018

In this follow-up to a previous webinar in early 2017, Phil Needham, expert in intensive management systems, further discusses how to improve your spring wheat yields and profits.

Clubroot and Biosecurity
January 4, 2018

Dr. Barb Ziesman, Provincial Plant Disease Specialist with Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture; Dan Orchard, Agronomy Specialist with the Canola Council of Canada; and Dr. Kelly Turkington, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, discuss the recent confirmation of clubroot in northern Saskatchewan. They also provide agronomic considerations for proper management and biosecurity as well as current research and weather models.

Mental Health in Agriculture
January, 2018

This webinar explores what poor mental health looks like on the farm and how farmers, ranchers and concerned friends and family members can find help to deal with stress, anxiety and depression. John McFadyen, Executive Director with Mobile Crisis Services, Adelle Stewart, Director of Operations with Bridges Health, and Kim Keller, a producer in northeast Saskatchewan, provide insights into the stigma surrounding mental health concerns on the farm. They also discuss local resources for producers to find help.

Corn Agronomy
December 18, 2017

Dr. Jeff Coulter, Associate Professor and Extension Agronomist with the University of Minnesota discusses agronomic considerations for growing grain corn on the Prairies.

Canola Rotations: Yields, Economics and Risks
November 3, 2017

Dr. Neil Harker, Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, presents data from multi-site, short- and long-term canola rotation experiments conducted in Western Canada. Canola yields and net returns from a nine-year study are also presented in addition to data from two experiments designed to attempt recovery of continuous canola yield losses.

Winter Feeding Your Flock
October 23, 2017

During this webinar, Dr. Greg Penner will outline nutritional requirements of sheep throughout the winter feeding season and the importance of taking feed inventories and ration balancing. There will be a focus on how alternative feeds can be used to extend hay supplies and cautions and concerns when doing so.

Spring Vaccination Protocol for Beef Cow Herds
April 26, 2017

Dr. Nathan Erickson, DVM, Western College of Veterinary Medicine discussed spring vaccination protocols for beef herds.

Sheep Nutrition: Feeding Rams
March 22, 2017

Dr. Gregory Penner, Associate Professor and Centennial Enhancement Chair in Ruminant Nutritional Physiology, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan discusses ram nutrition.

Taking Your Spring Wheat Yields to the Next Level
February 3, 2017

Phil Needham, expert in intensive management systems discussed how to improve your spring wheat yields.

Topdressing Fertilizer Applications
January 16, 2017

Dr. Rigas Karamanos, Senior Agronomist with Koch Agronomic Services discusses recent research and application info for topdressing fertilizer in Saskatchewan crops. Macronutrients, micronutrients and economic considerations are also reviewed.

Nutrition for Ewes
January 14, 2017

Dr. Greg Penner, Associate Professor and Centennial Enhancement Chair in Ruminant Nutritional Physiology, Department of Animal and Poultry Science, University of Saskatchewan, discusses ram nutrition.

Soil Salinity
April 5, 2016

Cara Drury, Irrigation Agrologist with Saskatchewan Agriculture discusses soil salinity and its formation, complications and management.

How to Read a Soil Test
March 1, 2016

Dr. Jeff Schoenau, Professor and Researcher with the University of Saskatchewan, provides information on how to interpret a soil test including lab protocols and nutrient requirements.

Bison Nutrition
Jan 7, 2016

Murray Feist, M.Sc., Ruminant Nutritionist with the Ministry of Agriculture, discusses bison nutritional requirements and how to formulate a ration based on those requirements and environmental extremes. He also discusses the importance of feed testing and considering alternate feeds.

Herbicide Application and Timing
November 17, 2015

Clark Brenzil, Provincial Weeds Specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture discusses the importance of proper herbicide timing and factors to consider for application.

Livestock Lessons Webinar Series: Managing Minerals on Pasture
May 27, 2015

Regional Livestock Specialists Dwayne Summach and Naomi Paley discuss minerals in our pastures and how to get the required minerals to your animals. They also discuss how the information gained in the Trace Mineral Status of Saskatchewan Pastures Project spearheaded by the Saskatchewan Forage Council can be used. Information on a project looking at loose mineral compared to tub mineral will also be shared.

Livestock Lessons Webinar Series: Considerations When Valuing Perennial Forage Description
April 30, 2015

Lorne Klein, Weyburn Regional Forage Specialist reviews factors to consider when landowners price their perennial forage, either as standing forage for baling or grazing, or baled hay ready for sale. Alicia Sopatyk, Tisdale Regional Livestock Specialist then discusses other forage factors including feed testing, weeds, transportation and storage.

Livestock Lessons Webinar Series: The ABCs of EPDs
February 20, 2015

Dr. Kim McLean, Provincial Cattle Specialist, discusses what Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are and how they are calculated. She also highlights how they can help producers select new genetics for their herd.

Livestock Lessons Webinar Series: Cow Management Pre- and Post-Calving
January 27, 2015

Dr. Victor Kernaleguen, DVM, discusses the importance of feed, minerals, and vaccinations for the cowherd pre- and post-calving. He also provides information on calving, including when and how to intervene.

Hail Recovery in Crops
January 21, 2015

Fred Waelchli, Research Analyst and agrologist with Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation, discusses hail damage symptoms in the field and how to assess the impact of damage and recovery.

Micronutrients in Your Crops
January 7, 2015

Dr. Jeff Schoenau, Professor and Researcher with the University of Saskatchewan provides recent research information on micronutrients and crop health needs.

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