Lacombe Field Day

Lacombe Field Day
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Join Olds College and the Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) for the 2022 Lacombe Field Day presented by Alberta Barley on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Take part in this annual event to learn more about the amazing research and industry collaboration taking place at FCDC.

Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Program running from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m

$10 Registration Fee | Lunch provided

Registration closes July 22, 2022

Lacombe Field Day

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Lacombe Field Day

Lacombe Field Day

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 

Join Olds College and the Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) for the Lacombe Field Day presented by Alberta Barley on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Take part in this annual event to learn more about the amazing research and industry collaboration taking place at the Olds College Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe, Alberta.

Registration opens at 8 a.m.

Program running from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m

$10 Registration Fee | Lunch provided

Registration closes July 22, 2022

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Located at the Field Crop Development Centre, south of Lacombe on Highway 2A, 1/4 mile south on Rg Rd 270

Event Details

Registration opens at 8 a.m. followed by welcome messages from members of FCDC and Olds College.

Guests will then break into their registered groups for the in-field tour through presentations, with lunch being served at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon will be an opportunity to network, and take in some visual demonstrations.

Presentations:

Tent #1: Malting/Quality

Speakers:

  • Dr. Flavio Capettini, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Scientist - 2 Row Barley Breeding
  • Lori Oatway, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Scientist - Quality
  • Kevin Sich, Rahr Malting
  • John Bowness, Field Crop Development Centre - Sr. Research Associate 2 Row Barley

Breeding malting barley is a complex process as it needs to ensure the requirements of the entire value chain are met. Producers demand malt varieties with strong agronomics including high yield, lodging and disease resistance, while industry is looking for varieties with superior malt quality to fit the demand of brewed and distilled products. This group will give an overview of the varieties being developed, highlighting their unique adaptation and value-added traits and how it will impact the industry.

Dr. Flavio Capettini, lead scientist of the malting barley program, will discuss the ongoing progress at this innovative program and how new breeding methods and technologies are producing superior varieties. Lori Oatway, lead scientist of the quality program, will discuss malt quality evaluations and collaborations that make the program successful. Kevin Sich, Supply Chain Director at Rahr Malting Co., will talk about their continuous support to malting barley research, especially for the development of new enhanced varieties.

Tent #2: Feed & Forage/Biotech

Speakers:

  • Dr. Yadeta Kabeta, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Scientist Feed & Forage Breeding
  • Dr. Jennifer Zantinge, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Scientist - Biotech
  • Sheri Strydhorst, Alberta Barley - Agronomy Research Specialist
  • Tashelle Loov, Field Crop Development Centre - Sr. Research Associate - Feed & Forage Breeding
  • Michael Holtz, Field Crop Development Centre - Sr. Research Associate - Biotech

The Olds College Field Crop Development Centre (OCFCDC) has developed several competitive feed and forage barley varieties for producers in Alberta and across western Canada. We are always striving to continuously improve the breeding process and develop market-ready varieties that will enhance the value of feed barley. 

Dr. Yadeta Kabeta, lead scientist for the feed and forage program, will discuss the ongoing changes to this innovative program and new upcoming lines and their unique features. Dr. Jennifer Zantinge, lead scientist for the biotech lab, will talk about how we look at plant DNA and use genetic markers to predict how the new breeding lines will look in the field. Dr. Sheri Strydhorst with Alberta Barley, will discuss 4R nutrient management for feed barley with specific references to nitrogen fertilizer rates, nitrogen fertilizer products and nitrogen fertilizer application time.

Tent #3: Pathology

Speakers:

  • Dr. Sajid Rehman, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Scientist, Pathology
  • Jeremy Boychyn, Alberta Barley - Agronomy Research Extension Specialist
  • Sasha Waterman, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Associate – Pathology

Alberta is the largest producer of barley in Canada, with 80% of the produce used for feed purposes and 20% towards malt. Different abiotic and biotic stresses limit barley yield. Among biotic stresses, barley scald, net blotch, and stripe rust affect above ground green foliage limiting food assimilation, and Fusarium head blight affects grain quality due to production of DON toxin by the causal organism.

The pathology team at the Field Crop Development Center of the Olds College works collaboratively with the breeding team in developing disease resistant varieties of feed and forage barley and triticale. This working collaboration involves screening of breeding material for disease resistance potential at different field locations across western Canada, and identification of new sources of resistance which breeders can incorporate into new elite barley varieties for sustainable production with less reliance on the use of agrochemicals. Other important pathology activities include disease surveillance which involves monitoring the impact of existing and new diseases, and the study of pathogen population dynamics to make informed decisions regarding the development of improved barley and triticale germplasm better suited for the growers of Alberta. 

Tent #4: Triticale

Speakers:

  • Mazen Aljarrah, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Scientist, - Triticale Breeding
  • Len Solick, Solick Seeds Ltd.
  • Bryan Corns, Corns Brothers Farm 2016 Ltd.
  • Shan Lohr, Field Crop Development Centre – Sr. Research Associate – Triticale

The triticale breeding program at OCFCDC focuses on developing new varieties with higher dry-matter and grain yield with better forage quality adapted to the variable growing conditions in western Canada. The spring and winter triticale varieties have the potential to be used in multiple farming systems as annual forages for ruminant animals. In western Canada, triticale varieties with reduced awns have been released specifically to enhance the acceptance of triticale for different forage uses such as swath-grazing and silage production.

Under dryland conditions, spring triticale is a valuable alternative to feed barley and oat crops, especially in areas with long growing seasons.  Winter triticale are best adapted to the brown and black soil zones of the western prairies where there is adequate snow cover. Winter triticale performs similarly to spring triticale but has the major advantage of three-weeks earlier maturity compared to its spring counterparts. Our new dual-purpose varieties, AB Provider, AB Snowcat, WT0006, and AB Stampeder are reduced-awn types with low ergot infection suitable for feed and forage uses.

Demonstrations

Soil Sampling 101

Speakers:

  • Edwin Woodrow, Field Crop Development Centre - Operations Technician - Farm
  • Daniel Stefner, Olds College - Project Lead & Farm Liaison
  • Abby Sim, Olds College - Research Tecnician
  • Calvin Ireland, Central Alberta Co-op Agro - Sales Agronomist

Members of the Olds College Centre for Innovation smart ag research team will be in attendance at FCDC Field Day to demonstrate the ChrysaLabs soil nutrient probe. The research team is evaluating the functionality, effectiveness and experience of ChrysaLabs soil nutrient probe in numerous field types and environmental conditions (soil moisture, soil temperature, ambient temperature, frozen soil) to help improve the technology's use in Western Canada. 

Central Alberta Coop will also be present with their sampling truck and their data collection program. Will be discussing understanding soil analysis, site specific soil sampling, and different software mainly Coops program and Trimble Farmer Pro.  FCDC will have core samples and analysis from the 2 different labs and it will be open for discussion.

Crossing cereals to Breed New Varieties

Speakers:

  • Laura Hoge, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Associate - Germplasm Development
  • Susan Lajeunesse, Field Crop Development Centre - Operations Technician - Support
  • Tashelle Loov, Field Crop Development Centre - Sr. Research Associate - Feed & Forage Breeding
  • Shan Lohr, Field Crop Development Centre – Sr. Research Associate – Triticale

The goal of the FCDC Program is to create barley and triticale varieties, superior to the present cultivars grown in the world today. All varieties start from a single cross. We will be providing a hands-on demonstration of traditional crossing methods from emasculation to pollination. Crossing the best to the best to produce material desirable for yield, resistance to pest and disease, quality and agronomics. In addition to releasing varieties, an elite germplasm collection has been selected and stored, containing genetic traits for new cultivars. Together through selection and crossing we are "transforming agriculture for a better world."

Weighing Samples with Lab Trailer

Speakers:

  • Christine Hanrahan, Field Crop Development Centre - Operations Technician - Data
  • Lori Oatway, Field Crop Development Centre - Research Scientist - Quality

FCDC's mobile weigh station will be set up and demonstrating methods for weighing samples in the field.  This will comprise of our mobile computer setup and tag system including our scanning capabilities.  The mobile weighing system offers many benefits to our program.  As an example, it allows for immediate data collection as the plots are being harvested producing more accurate moisture and maturity ratings.  Our scanning capabilities, obtained through barcodes created from our database, allow for seamless data integration back into our database system increasing efficiencies and reducing the risk of human error.


Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!

  

Title Sponsor

Logo for Alberta Barley

Event Bag Sponsor

Alberta - British Columbia Seed Growers

  

Beverage Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

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Bronze Sponsors

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