CerealSmart 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020

RIM Park
Manulife Financial Sportsplex
2001 University Avenue East Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Speakers’ Presentations

Advanced Winter Wheat Agronomy: Creating the Potential – Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies, Kentucky, US

Maximizing return on investment – weed control in cereals – Mike Cowborough, Weed Specialist, OMAFRA

Seed Synergy – Ellen Sparry, C&M Seeds, ON

Advanced Winter Wheat Agronomy: Equipment Technology – Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies, Kentucky, US

Building a Crop Canopy for Maximum Yield Potential – Dennis Pennington, MSU

Spring Cereal Management Strategies for Profit – Deb Campbell, Agronomy Advantage, On.

Ontario Grower Panel – Jenn Doelman, Douglas, ON; Andreas Thomsen-Jung, Caledonia, ON; Sara Wood, Mitchell, ON

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Program: 5.0 CM, 1.0 PM, 0.5 NM CEU applied

8:50 IntroductionMC – Joanna Follings, OMAFRA Cereal Specialist

Advancing Winter Wheat Agronomy:
Creating the Potential
Creating the potential starts with seeding. Tillage vs no-tillage, drill setup, seeding depths, seeding rates, seeding dates and stand counts. A look at where to start. Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies, KY

Advancing Winter Wheat Agronomy:
Protecting the Potential
Tiller management, nitrogen, sulphur, fungicides, PGR’s and more! Secrets to keeping that yield potential right through to harvest.
Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies, KY

Maximizing return on investment – weed control in cereals

Cereals provide an opportunity to manage several challenging weeds, a benefit that can be observed throughout a cropping rotation. Mike will share stories that demonstrate where weed management has the most value in cereals, when this critical management window occurs and whether it make more sense to get the job done in winter wheat during the fall or early spring. Mike Cowbrough, Weed Specialist, OMAFRA


Seed Synergy

A broad industry collaboration to create the seed industry of the future to position producers, innovators, and ultimately the entire agricultural value chain in a position to succeed in a highly competitive and innovation-based global marketplace.  What does it mean for you? Ellen Sparry, C&M Seeds, ON

MC – Ian McDonald, OMAFRA, Crop Innovation Specialist
1:00Advancing Winter Wheat Agronomy:
Equipment Technology
The latest equipment for high wheat yields. Residue management, drill selection, tramlines, sprayer selection and more.

Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies, KY

Spring Cereal Management Strategies for ProfitThe system that will optimize spring cereals for profit and sustainability.

Deb Campbell, Agronomy Advantage, ON

Building a Crop Canopy for Maximum Yield Potential Insights from Michigan and how planter technology can help you build a crop canopy that will maximize yield potential. 
Dennis Pennington, MSU
Moderator Grower Panel and Question Period – Peter Johnson, Agronomist, Real Agriculture
3:45Ontario Grower Panel Practical experiences that have made cereals a key component of the grain production enterprise on these operations. Jenn Doelman, Douglas, ON; Andreas Thomsen-Jung, Caledonia, ON; Sara Wood, Mitchell, ON
All Speakers for a conflab of questions raised over the day.
5:00Safe Travels Home (see you tomorrow at FarmSmart)


Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies, KY
Phil Needham is a native of the United Kingdom and grew up on the family farming operation. He studied agriculture and soil science at agricultural college and university in England. He moved to the United States in 1989 to help expand a European crop management system called Opti-Crop and became manager in 1995. Phil started his own company Needham Ag Technologies in 2005 and consults directly with farmers, dealers and equipment manufacturers. 

Mike Cowbrough is the weed specialist in field crops with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, a position he has been in for 16 years. In 2009 Mike received the Canadian Weed Science Society’s Award for excellence in weed extension and in 2012 The T.R. Hilliard Award for agricultural extension in Ontario. He resides on a corn, soybean and wheat farm outside of Guelph with his family.


Ellen Sparry, C&M Seeds, ON
Ellen joined C&M Seeds in 1994 as Genetics Manager for the company’s research and development program and assumed the role of General Manager in June 2015.  A graduate of the Ontario Ag College, University of Guelph, she has 30 years experience in the agricultural industry and previously was Assistant Breeder with King Agro Inc.  Ellen and is actively involved in Ontario Cereal Crop Committee coordinating the Provincial cereal trials.  C&M Seeds is a family owned genetics company, established in 1978, and specializes in providing leading wheat genetics to growers across eastern Canada, and continues to focus on providing innovative products and industry leading knowledge to growers and end users.

Deb Campbell, Agronomy Advantage, ON
Deb obtained her BSc Agronomy with emphasis in soil management from the University of Guelph. She then went on to complete her Certified Crop Adviser certification in 2000. Recently Deb completed Licensed Seed Crop Inspection training and is now certified. She also served on Certified Crop Adviser Board of Directors from 2009-2011. Deb has a wide variety of experience from working for Cargill and Syngenta in an array of positions. From Agronomist to Territory Sales Manager to Account Manager, she understands all aspects of growing a successful crop both in the field and in the chequebook. She has production expertise in corn, soybeans (including IP), cereals, canola, edible beans, alfalfa, and cover crops. Deb owns and operates Agronomy Advantage. d.campbell.agronomy@gmail.com

Dennis Pennington, MSU
Dennis has been employed with MSU Extension for 22 years.  His career includes being a multi-county agriculture and natural resources educator, senior bioenergy educator and Extension specialist for wheat.   Dennis received both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department from Michigan State University.  His current research program includes the wheat state variety performance trials, precision planting, high yield management project and on farm research and demonstration.  Dennis is committed to excellence and strives to fulfill the MSU Extension mission by bringing science-based information and knowledge to critical needs and issues.

Jenn Doelman, Douglas, ON
Jennifer farms in Renfrew County with her husband Michael & her 2 kids, AJ & Becky.  As a 3rd generation seed producer, cereals have always been a big part of her farming operation.  A graduate of the University of Guelph, a Certified Crop Advisor and a new beekeeper, Jenn & her husband farm with science and sustainability at the core of their values.  As an Ontario Soil Network mentor,  Jennifer is keen to advocate for the importance of cereals in a healthy, productive and profitable crop rotation.

Andreas Thomsen-Jung, Caledonia, ON
Andreas will give an overview on Winter Wheat Production from Planting to Harvest at his farm in Caledonia.
Andreas grew up on a 4th generation cash crop and pig farm in northern Germany. After graduating Agricultural University in Germany, he immigrated to Canada in 2009. Andreas owns and operates a cash crop farm and commercial grain elevator, as well as a grain trucking company and is a Pioneer Sales Rep in Caledonia, ON. 

Sara Wood, Mitchell, ON
Sara farms with her husband Chris and their son Logan north of Mitchell. They run a multi generation cash crop operation in a corn, soybean, wheat, covercrop rotation. On the farm they utilize a notill system for soybeans, wheat and cover crop and only strip till for corn. They have been successful at growing white wheat, soft red and this will be there first year growing hard red wheat. They are working towards high soil health to help improve crop yields but also increase the microbial activity to help with disease issues. Sara  is an Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program Class 15 graduate and an executive member with the local Perth County Federation. 

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