“Agronomy Update 2020 has something for everyone,” says Neil Whatley, crop specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info Centre and one of the conference organizers. “We have added more networking time, so those attending the conference can connect with their peers and experts.”

Agronomy Update sessions and speakers:

Tuesday, January 7

Disease Management

  • 2019 at 20/20: Seed Lab Results - Sarah Foster
  • Cereals & Oilseeds: 2019 Overview & 2020 Outlook - Kelly Turkington
  • Pulse Crops: 2019 Overview & 2020 Outlook - Robyne Bowness Davidson
  • Clubroot Update - Brittany Henning

Insect Management

  • Harnessing the Power of Pheromones for Insect Pest Monitoring - Boyd Mori
  • Beneficial Insects: Field Heroes - Jennifer Otani
  • Provincial Insect Update - Scott Meers

Weed Management

  • Alberta’s Current Weed Survey Results - Julia Leeson
  • Herbicide Resistance in Alberta; Comparisons with Australia - Hugh Beckie
  • Wild Oat Cross Resistance Spectrum & the Importance of Seed Testing - Charles Geddes
  • The Truth About Tank Mixing & Multiple Modes of Action - Breanne Tidemann
  • Keeping It Clean with Glyphosate - Breanne Tidemann
  • Maintaining an Export-Ready Crop: the Importance of MRLs - Greg Bartley


  • Smart Farming: A Glimpse into the Future - Joy Agnew
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Buzzing into the Next Decade - Kelly Boles


  • Meet and greet

Wednesday, January 8

Soil Management

  • Soil Science from the Ground Up - Tom Jensen
  • Mycorrhizas in Sustainable Agricultural Practices - Monika Gorzelak
  • Evaluation of Enhanced Efficiency Nitrogen Fertilizer Products in Western Canada - Symon Mezbahuddin

Crop Agronomy

  • Managing CWRS Wheat for Yield & Protein Goals - Sheri Strydhorst
  • Ultra-early Spring Wheat Planting Can Increase Grain Yield & Cropping System Stability in Western Canada - Brian Beres

Crop Rotation (60 minutes)


  • Meet and greet


  • Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species on Your Farm through Biosecurity - Krista Zuzak

Industry Updates

Continuing Education Units are available for certified crop advisors, pesticide applicators and certified crop science consultants.


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