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Annual Grain Information Day in Arborg - March 15

 Twyla Siple

Manitoba Agriculture and the Northern Interlake Conservation Efforts will be presenting their Annual Grain Information Day March 15 at Arborg Bifrost Community Centre. Grain experts will share the latest on Manitoba’s grain industry and anyone interested can attend. Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch.  

Manitoba Agriculture’s Ag Extension Coordinator, Babatunde Nuga, told the Interlake Spectator the event will be an opportunity for people to not only get information about the grain industry, but also discuss with industry professionals how to get the best out of their plants and farming supplies.
The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and time to mingle amongst exhibitor displays. Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. with Pushing the Crops Genetic Potential – Agronomic Practices to make it Pay by the President of ATP Nutrition, Jarret Chambers, presenting . says they “challenge the status quo to drive productivity” . Their “revolutionary nutrient technologies” are research-driven formulations for improved plant health, servicing agriculture and horticulture markets across North America. Powering growth with science, delivering nutrition to consumers by meeting the most demanding of agricultural needs, their focus is on the three fundamentals of production agriculture: seed, soil, and the plant. 
Other presentations will include talks on Farm Succession – How to treat the children fairly, How many Soybeans Can Manitoba Grow, Intermediate Wheatgrass as a Perennial Grain, Market Outlook 2018 and Beyond, What’s Lurking in Your Fields! and Step Up Your Grain Game! – Crop Economics 2018.
A Manitoba Agriculture farm production extension specialist, Terry Buss, told the Interlake Spectator: “I think it’s important for people to - hear agronomic information - to be given food for thought, and to ask questions - to interact with speakers and have discussions - with the whole agricultural community,” he said. “It’s a chance to get together and to compare notes - to re-establish relationships and to reenforce business relationships before we all get very, very busy growing the next crop.”
Buss will be speaking on the future of soybean crops in Interlake and Eastern Manitoba in his presentation, How many Soybeans Can Manitoba Grow. His talk will focus on how the soybean industry has grown exponentially since the late 90s, particularly in the Eastern and Interlake regions of the province, how the crop has changed and what may have to change as the crop matures. 
“This has been by far the most successful new crop I have ever worked with.” Buss said. “There are challenges on the horizon for the crop that we have the abilities and technologies to overcome, but it really comes down to us - to manage it properly… I think the crop will continue to be really important to us, but I think we need to be good stewards of that going forward.”
He says he looks forward to the event, as it will be a good opportunity for agronomists, growers and retailers to compare notes.
Other presenters will include Manitoba Agriculture’s farm enterprise management specialist Darren Bond, farm and crops production extension specialist Ingrid Kristjanson and farm management specialist Roy Arnott; Dr. Doug Cattani with the Department of Plant Science at the University of Manitoba; and P.Ag. Merchandiser at Paterson Grain, Lorne Boundy.
Exhibitor booths will be open during coffee breaks, lunch hour and adjournment from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Anybody who is interested in agriculture certainly can go,” Buss said. “The target audience is the growers, the retailers that provide the supplies - the agronomists that counsel them and even those that buy what they produce.”

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