July 23rd, 2024

Farming Smarter event running for two days

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on June 26, 2024.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

Two days of seminars and field events are designed to help southern Albertans involved in the agriculture industry do their “Farming Smarter.”

Farming Smarter on Wednesday and Thursday will play host to its annual Field School which features discussions on a wide range of subjects and a trade show with 25 booths.

About 100 participants are expected for the two-day event that kicks off bright and early Wednesday morning.

Jamie Puchinger, assistant manager and event manager, said Monday the event is good for people involved in the ag industry from farm managers to sales people to build upon their knowledge base.

While most participants come from southern Alberta, others herald from different areas of the province as well as Saskatchewan.

On Wednesday, the school begins with a discussion by Nolan Kowalchuk called “Integrated Weed Management: Control the Controllables” at 9 a.m. followed by a discussion on ultra-early seeding systems and management intensity by Brian Beres. Tom Wolf will talk on the subject “Spick & Span Sprayers: Tips for Safe Cleanout” before a lunch brake.

Three more talks are scheduled for the afternoon, one on adding clarity to spray water by Ken Coles and Mike Gretzinger, a second by Rigas Karamanos on nurturing nitrogen and a third by Chris Hansen titled “Selective Spray Technology: Seeing is Believing.” A trade show, beer garden and axe throwing will be staged from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Five more discussions are planned Thursday with three each in the morning and afternoon.

They include:

• Assessing Soil & Plant Health To Manage Potato Production by Jonathan Neilson.

• Processing Peas and Sweet Corn Agronomy, by Dan Oliver, and;

• When To Water by Len Hingley.

Afternoon sessions include:

• Making The Most Of Every Drop by Phillip Harder, and;

• A Place For Cover Crops Sponsored by: Thierry Fonville and Ashley Wagenaar.

Farming Smarter is an innovative non-profit organization who “change the way people farm,” says its website.

“We drive agriculture innovation at the farm level. We attract a community of passionate innovators and provide agronomic testing, scientific knowledge, and the right connections for them to succeed,” says Farming Smarter

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