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Published January 03, 2012, 10:43 AM

Canola, stability topics at AgDays

The Manitoba Ag Days show is Jan. 17 to 19 at the Brandon (Manitoba) Keystone Center.

By: Agweek Staff Report, Agweek

FARGO, N.D. — The Manitoba AgDays show is coming Jan. 17 to 19 in Brandon, Manitoba. The trade show will be held at the Brandon Keystone Centre, 1-1175, 18th St., in Brandon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

There are some 500 exhibitors in 12 indoor acres. Information: Here are some of the program highlights.


Jan. 17: The Southwest Farm Women’s network and stability management. Topics include calving and bovine emergencies, dating in rural Manitoba and agriculture around the world. A separate program looks at a changing wheat market and includes a message from Stan Struthers, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.

9:50 a.m.: Mike Jubinville, lead analyst and president of Pro Farmer Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, discusses market volatility in a special Canola Day and Outlook conference, driven by both canola-specific and

external market factors.

11 a.m.: Drew Lerner, president, senior agricultural meteorologist for World Weather Inc., gives a long- and short-range outlook for Manitoba and major world crops.

1 p.m.: Dean Stoyanowski of Manitoba Food, Agriculture and Rural Initiatives, is a farm production adviser in the Arborg GO Centre. He works with producers in the North Interlake area, where they have experienced excess moisture from record rainfall since 2005, assisting with AgriStability supplemental payments.

2:30 p.m.: Al Scholz, president of CIBUS Management Group, discusses food scarcity, security and sustainability.


Jan. 18: Program 2012 features the cost of production, marketing and farming in a wet decade, as well as a technology overview on GPS and drainage, controlled traffic farming, smartphones and social media. Another program will involve world agronomy and beef industry highlights.

Specific programs include:

9:30 a.m.: Thomas Mielke, executive director of ISTA Mielke GmbH, Oil World in Hamburg, Germany, will appear via Internet, discussing supply, demand and the price outlook for oilseeds, especially Canadian canola, flaxseed and soybeans.

11:15 a.m.: Bill Crabtree, an authority on no-till in a western Australia province where no-till is 95 percent adopted, will address topics including building carbon and maintaining herbicide efficacy, as well as cover crops in dryland Australian farming.


Jan. 19: Program 2012 discusses utilities and agri-innovations. The day includes a rural community roundtable. Another program involves agronomy updates and business basics. Topics include effectiveness of low-rate/low-analysis fertilizers, weeds and cereal fungicides, as well as how to sell to the government.