Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School focuses on topics important to agronomists

July 17 is set aside for farmers only to attend with a reduced registration fee

MAFRD’s Anastasia Kubinec says the Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School gives agronomists hands-on training.

This year’s Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School is expected to sell out — again.

As of last week there were still some openings July 16 and for farmers only — July 17, said Anastasia Kubinec, oilseed specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD).

“We’re pretty much sold out,” she said in an interview June 25. “I think people see value in it.”

The school is a joint effort between MAFRD and the University of Manitoba held at the university’s N. Morrison Research Farm, Carman and Region Facility, 1.8 kilometres west of Carman.

What started in 1996 as a half-day event focused on pesticides has evolved to include crop scouting and management aimed mainly at professional agronomists working for grain, seed, agricultural input or agronomy advisory companies. However, farmers and students are welcome.

It costs $175 to attend the school, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes lunch.

The cost for farmers July 17 has been reduced to $125 thanks to commodity group support, Kubinec said.

Because the school is “hands on,” attendance is restricted to about 50 people a day.

Here are some of the topics featured this year:

  • MAFRD’s John Heard will explore fertilizing high-yield wheats to get high yields and protein. Several new high-yielding American wheats have been recently registered in Canada. Although the American varieties have higher yield potential than some Canadian milling wheats, the American wheats sometimes fall short on protein, which depending on the supply and demand for protein, can result in price discounts.
  • Topping up corn fertility in crop to boost yields.
  • Using growth regulators such as Manipulator (chlormequat chloride). MAFRD’s Pam de Rocquigny will explore how these products work, application timing and market acceptance. Although chlormequat chloride is registered in Canada, it hasn’t been approved in the United States. That means zero tolerance there for crops with any chlormequat chloride residue. As a result Canadian grain companies are requiring farmers declare whether their wheat has been treated with the product. If it has, companies reserve the right to not purchase that grain when procuring supplies to export south.
  • Impact of various herbicides on cereals, oilseeds and pulses.
  • There’s a demonstration on some older fall and spring soil-applied herbicides, which are making a comeback in part as a way to slow the onset of herbicide-resistant weeds.
  • Seedling diseases in barley and wheat and ways to prevent them through good seed and seed treatments.
  • Controlling sclerotinia in canola — fungicides versus micro-nutrients.
  • Crop scouting insects.

For more information call Monika Menold at 204-745-5663 or go to

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.



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