Panel: Cover Crops, Digging Deeper

3 researchers and an agronomist will participate in the panel, Cover Crops, Digging Deeper, to answer submitted questions pertaining to cover crops.

Speaker Profiles:

Deb Campbell, Agronomy Advantage. Deb obtained her BSc (Agr) with a major in Agronomy and an emphasis in soil management from the University of Guelph. She then went on to complete her Certified Crop Adviser certification in 2000. Since then Deb added to that certification by completing the 4R Nutrient Management Specialty and the Resistance Management Specialty.  Deb has a broad range of experience from previously working for Cargill and Syngenta in an array of positions. From Agronomist to Account Manager, she understands all aspects of growing a successful crop both from the field and business perspective. She has production expertise in corn, soybeans (including IP), cereals, canola, edible beans, alfalfa, and cover crops. Deb was awarded the Certified Crop Advisor Award of Excellence in 2003. She has served on the Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors since 2009 and in 2020 served as the Chair of the Board. Deb is currently a Co-Chair for the Provincial Soil Action Group.  This group is tasked with creating an implementation plan for Ontario's Agriculture Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. She provides technical expertise to the Plant Health Biosecurity webinars offered by OSCIA.  Deb is also a director at the local Grey County Soil and Crop and is First Vice for Grey Bruce Farmers Week. She has also previously served on the Board at AgScape. Most days you will find Deb checking fields as she works with farmers to achieve their cropping and business goals. Deb owns and operates Agronomy Advantage Inc. and lives on a farm just west of Dundalk, Ontario.

Dave Hooker, Associate Professor, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. Dr. David Hooker is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. Dave's research and teaching programs reflect the nature of agronomy as extremely diverse in structure with robust contributions to both science and extension. His goal is to develop a better understanding of field crop systems for developing science-based solutions for improving corn, soybean, and wheat production. The primary objective of his research group is to achieve a greater efficiency and sustainability of corn, soybean, and wheat production.

Francois Tardiff, Professor, University of Guelph. Francois Tardif is a plant science professor at the University of Guelph whose research currently focuses on understanding herbicide resistance in plants. Other specialties include weed science & biology, and the molecular genetics of weeds.

Josh Nasielski, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph. Joshua Nasielski is the MacSon Professor of Agronomy for Eastern and Northern Ontario at the University of Guelph. He started his Assistant Professor position in the Department of Plant Agriculture in 2019. In his role Nasielski’s research addresses issues affecting economic and environmental sustainability of crop production systems in eastern and northern Ontario, including spring-planted small grains, winter wheat, canola, corn and soybean. He teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level and conducts knowledge extension to farmers. He also provides scientific oversight of the three University of Guelph Agricultural Research Stations located in eastern and northern Ontario: Winchester, New Liskeard and Emo. Current research involves: improving nitrogen management in corn, reducing lodging in oats and winter wheat, and finding ideal cover crop and tillage combinations for eastern and northern Ontario.

Facilitor: Anne Verhallen, Soil Management Specialist, OMAFRA. Anne Verhallen is an OMAFRA Soil Management Specialist for Horticultual Crops. She specializes in cover crops, soil health & quality, and irrigation scheduling, and is very invested in extension and outreach programs. She was instrumental in the creation of the Southwest Ag Conference, and the Soil Your Undies Campaign. In 2019 she was named an OSCIA Soil Champion. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and has worked with OMAFRA since 1988.

January 11, 2022, 9:00:00 p.m.

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