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Combining Strategies for Crops and Soil in a Changing Climate

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Join BC researchers to discuss field-tested strategies to manage soil and nutrients to improve nutrient use efficiency and crop yields.

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Combining Strategies for Crops and Soil in a Changing Climate

Monday, March 8, 10-11am

Homegrown 101: A Dairy Producer Experience Implementing Relay Cropping, Gary Telford, AAFC Agassiz and Nelson Dinn, UBC Dairy Research Centre

Find out how the UBC Dairy Research Centre has implemented relay cropping using Italian ryegrass interseeded in silage corn on their farm. You'll have a chance to learn more about multiple cropping systems and how they can increase yields of high quality homegrown forage for your cows. This practical discussion will include the multiple operational benefits as well as tips and tricks for successful implementation.

Hole in the Pipe Concept: How to avoid pesky nutrient losses and improve the nutrient balance sheets on dairy farms, Dr. Shabtai Bittman, Dr. Derek Hunt and Karen Koenig, AAFC Agassiz

Like most intensive agricultural areas, agriculture in coastal BC has a problem with both nutrient surpluses and nutrient losses to the environment. To lessen the environmental footprint while preserving profitability of dairy farms, approaches are being developed to both patch leaks and lessen imbalances between nutrient inputs and outputs. How to do this at the field, farm, and regional basis will be discussed with special reference to our unique “semi-virtual farmlet” research model.

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  • Sessions will be hosted on zoom and can be joined through any web browser or the zoom app using a computer, tablet or phone.
  • Sessions are available at no cost.
  • Session recordings will be made publicly available and will be shared with all registrants.

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Gary Telford, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agassiz

Gary grew up on a mixed beef farm 160km northeast of Toronto and attended the University of Guelph in Resources Management. After university, he loaded his truck and headed west where he started working for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. For the past 25 years he has worked with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration in southern Alberta and the Science and Technology Branch in Agassiz, BC in a number of roles. He is currently a Knowledge Transfer Specialist at the Agassiz Research and Development Centre where he works with researchers to promote their science results for adoption to industry and stakeholders.

Dr. Shabtai Bittman, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agassiz

Dr. Shabtai Bittman is an agronomist with AAFC at the Agassiz Research and Development Centre. Shabtai studied plant ecology and crop physiology at McGill and U of Sask. His work with Derek Hunt on sustainable intensification of agricultural systems focuses on enhancing nutrient practices at multiple levels, ranging from field to farm to agricultural sectors to regions to the national/ international arenas. This multi-scale approach comes from observations that opportunities are to be found at all system levels. Their innovations have been recognized regionally, nationally and internationally.

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