Thursday – Organic Cropping Forum

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Full Day Organic Cropping Forum

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** Due to unforseen circumstances speaker Katherine Stanley of University of Manitoba who was originally going to give this presentation is unable to attend.

In her place we are delighted to have Dr. Martin Entz & Michelle Carkner join us virtually to deliver the presentation.

Please note there have been some slight adjustments to the agenda and these are reflected below.

Please direct any questions to Susan at [email protected]

Featured Speaker - Dr. Martin Entz, PhD, Professor of Cropping Systems and Natural Systems Agriculture, University of Manitoba

Martin Entz is professor of Cropping Systems and Natural Systems Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, teaching at the diploma, degree and graduate levels. He was educated at the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan as well as Adelaide University in South Australia.

Martin’s research focuses on ecologically-integrated farming systems.

He leads the Glenlea Long-Term Rotation Study – Canada’s oldest organic vs conventional farming systems experiment, which celebrated 25 years in 2016. He is also founder of the U of M’s Natural Systems Agriculture program, which explores cropping systems based on processes found in nature — specifically the natural grassland ecosystem of prairie Canada.

The University of Manitoba is western Canada’s oldest University. One of the university’s strategic goals is to develop and support sustainable food production systems. The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science’s Natural Systems Agriculture program seeks to redesign farming systems based on a new set of ecological principles.

Featured Speaker - Michelle Carkner, Doctoral Student & Research Associate, University of Manitoba

Michelle has worked on a number of projects at the University of Manitoba including:

  • coordinating a national wheat, oat and potato breeding program for participating farmers
  • collaborating with 73 Canadian farmers in 8 provinces to improve crop cultivars for their cropping systems and market needs
  • visiting and delivering extension services to farmers and attend field days in Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
  • implementing, running, and analyzing data from multiple research trials from seeding to harvest

She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.Agr.), Agronomy and Crop Science, Graduated with Distinction from the University of Guelph.

Module 1 - Cover Crops & Green Manure Management

9am – 9:40am – Dr. Martin Entz

  • Incorporating cover crops and green manures in crop rotation
  • How to include in rotation?
  • Termination methods
  • Economics of green manures
  • Green manure and cover crop examples

9:40am – 10:15am Panel Discussion (Panelists noted below)

10:15-10:45   Break

Flail mowing a green manure.

Organic clover crop.

Green manure termination with roller crimper.

Module 2 - Weed Management

10:45am – 11:30am presented by Michelle Carkner & Dr. Martin Entz

  • Learn about standard and new mechanical weed control tools.
  • Strategies for weed management in organic crops
  • Results from research
  • On-farm examples

11:30am to 12:15pm – Question & Answer with Dr. Martin Entz, Michelle Carkner + Panelists (listed below)

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Rotary Harrow.

Camera guided inter-row cultivation.


Afternoon Panel Discussion

1:15pm – 2:30pm  Panelist Perspectives & Feedback on Key Organic Topics

2:30pm – 2:50pm  Break

2:50pm – 4pm Open Question & Answer


Ruth Knight

Ruth Knight
Independent Consulting Agronomist

Rob Wallbridge
Organic Specialist, Thompson’s Limited

Harro Wehrmann
President, Wehrmann Grain & Seeds Ltd, and Endo Plant Health


Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin
Organic Inspector, Consultant and Agronomist