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Tuesday, June 27 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm



What’s canolaPALOOZA you ask? It’s a day that brings together the best research and agronomy extension people into one place, for a day of interactive in-field learning where you move through learning stations at your own pace. There’s also games, a dunk tank and of course food trucks to create an in-field carnival atmosphere.

Gates Open at 9:30 am for a learn at your own pace through the stations listed below featuring an amazing group of instructors. The site closes at 4:00 pm

There is NO CHARGE to attend

Advanced registration is now closed – please feel free  to attend and check in on site

Lunch will be available from a variety of food trucks – please bring cash


Stand Establishment – see the interaction between plant stand density and seeding rate and how a weedy field can influence the decision to set a seeding rate.

  • Ian Epp, Canola Council of Canada
  • Larry Michielsen, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Dale Fedoruk, Elite Enviro
  • Kelly Boles, Centre Field Solutions

Beneficials in the Field – learn about the many beneficial organisms- from predators & parasites to the viruses & bacteria that control pests for free.

  • Hector Carcamo, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada 
  • Kevin FloateAgriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Giselle Bezanson, University of Lethbridge
  • Vincent Hervet, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada 
  • Lora MorandinPollinator Partnership Canada
  • Gregory Sekulic, Canola Council of Canada

Herbicide Crop Grid – identify herbicide damage and how different active ingredients affect canola, wheat, and peas in different ways.

  • Neil Harker, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada 
  • Eric Johnson, University of Saskatchewan
  • Linda Hall, University of Alberta

Blackleg Management – identify blackleg symptoms in the field and discuss strategies including using different resistance genes.

  • Dilantha Fernando, University of Manitoba
  • Ralph Lange, InnoTech Alberta
  • Gary Peng, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada 
  • Justine Cornelsen, Canola Council of Canada

Insect Pests – learn to identify the pests and assess damage and make management decisions for flea beetle, cabbage seedpod weevil and lygus.

  • Scott Meers, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Patty Reid, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada 
  • Shelley Barkley, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Mark Cutts, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Soil Pit – look deep into the soil profile to learn how to manage different soils based on their physical properties.

  • Ross McKenzie, Retired Agronomy Research Scientist
  • Roger Andreiuk, Independent Agronomist
  • Yamily Zavala, Chinook Applied Research Association

Nutrient Management & Fertilizer Placement – canola crops are capable of big yields powered by high rates of fertilizer but how do you balance that with seed placed fertilizer and other applications.

  • Ray Dowbenko, Agrium
  • Rigas Karamanos, Koch Fertilizer Canada
  • Mario TenutaUniversity of Manitoba
  • Jack Payne, Farmers Edge
  • Dan Orchard, Canola Council of Canada
  • Brittany Hennig, Canola Council of Canada

Sclerotinia Prediction & Management –  in field walk through and discussion of how to make a sclerotinia spray decision using checklist

  • Michael Harding, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Clint Jurke, Canola Council of Canada
  • Susie Li, InnoTech Alberta
  • Nicole Philp, Canola Council of Canada
  • Noryne Rauhala, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Jackie Busaan, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Keith Gabert, Canola Council of Canada

Harvest Management & Straight Cutting – experience based discussion on management practices for straight cutting vs swathing, driven by producer speakers well-versed in both plus a discussion on harvest aid products.

  • Kevin Bender, Producer
  • Daryl Tuck, Producer
  • Wayne Tuck, Producer

Sprayer Tank Cleanout – learn more about tank cleanout and which products are a greater challenge, plus get answers to all of your sprayer and nozzle questions.

  • Tom Wolf, Agrimetrix Research & Training
  • Brian Caldwell, Agrimetrix Research & Training

Storage – preventing and managing storage issues including what we learned from the challenging 2016 harvest.

  • Angela Brackenreed, Canola Council of Canada
  • Glenn Wilde, Wilde Ag Ventures
  • Warren Feist, OPI Systems
  • Sangeeta Motwani, OPI Systems
  • Gary Schreiner, Gatco Manufacturing

Seeding Equipment Demo– check out some new and innovative seeding equipment – including the CX6 Smart Seeder and the Pillar Laser Disc. The CX6 also seeding demo plots on May 31.

  • Curtis Borduzak – Rocky Mountain Equipment (CX6)
  • Jody Derocher, Deroch Equipment Marketing (Pillar)
  • Shawn Senko, Canola Council of Canada

Canola Grading – live demonstration of why grade matters and digging deeper into harvest samples, and find out what the CGC learned from the spring harvested canola samples collected.

  • Judy Elias, Canadian Grain Commission
  • Nancy Knous, Canadian Grain Commission
  • Veronique Barthet, Canadian Grain Commission

Winter Wheat Plots – visit the Western Winter Wheat Initiative plots to learn the benefit of growing winter wheat in crop rotation and what new varieties are available.

  • Robert Graf, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Janine Paly, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Monica Klaas, Western Winter Wheat Initiative

Wheat Plots – visit the Alberta Wheat Commission plots for information on identifying and managing wireworms & cereal leaf beetles.

  • Haley Catton – Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Colette Prefontiane, Canterra Seeds
  • Brian Kennedy, Alberta Wheat Commission

Pulse Plots – visit the Alberta Pulse Growers plots to see the various pulse crops that are grown across the province, learn about varieties, pest management and why Pulse crops have become some of the most profitable cropping options on the prairies.

  • Robyne Bowness Davidson, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Jenn Walker, Alberta Pulse Growers
  • John Kowalchuk, Alberta Pulse Growers
  • Nevin Rosaasen, Alberta Pulse Growers

110 Years of Weather at Lacombe – learn what the trends are in temperature and precipitation averages and extremes. Are the trends favourable for crop production?

  • Murray Hartman – Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Extreme Weather & Forecasting – learn how a forecast is made, why Alberta has such extreme variations, and about the area of Alberta known as hail alley. These guys want to talk to you and learn how weather affects you and your operation. Plus get a tour of the Predator II – an armoured storm chasing vehicle.

  • Nevin deMilliano – Agricast
  • Braydon Morisseau – Prairie Storm Chasers

Clubroot Research Exchange – visit with some of the researchers working on clubroot and discuss the research they are planning and share your ideas for projects in the future.

  • Bruce Gossen, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
  • Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph
  • Habibur Rahman, University of Alberta
  • Sheau-Fang Hwang, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Rubeena Shaikh, University of Alberta
  • Mehdi Farid, University of Alberta
  • George Turnbull, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Bees & Canola – talk with a professional beekeeper and learn about beekeeping with an observation hive on location, plus learn about the sweet relationship between bees and canola

  • Lee Townsend, TPLR Honey Farms Ltd

Farm Safety – meet with AgSafe Alberta to discuss developing a Farm Safety plan for your operation.

  • Donna Trottier – AgSafe Alberta

Canola Oil – local, healthy and versatile – learn about the healthy benefits of the canola oil you are growing and where its marketed around the world. There’s a good chance you could win some mini-donuts at this station!

  • Lisa Campbell, Canola Council of Canada
  • Brooke Hames, Alberta Canola
  • Lauren Chow, Alberta Canola

Keeping it Clean! – You play an important role in keeping canola markets open. Come stop by the Keep it Clean station for simple tips to make sure your canola stays market ready. Up for a challenge? Come with your friends and compete for a prize with our lawn darts, Keep it Clean edition!

  • Brian Innes, Canola Council of Canada

Sustainability – learn about the opportunities for farmers to take advantage of their sustainable crop production practices in the marketplace.

  • Jolene Noble, Alberta Farm Sustainability Extension Working Group

Plant Growth Regulators (PGR) –  hear about the benefits of PGRs and research being done into plant growth regulators. We will cover the important steps required to use these products effectively.

  • Sheri Strydhorst, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry
  • Sherrie Benson, University of Alberta

Drones & Aerial Photography – get an update on the latest in drone technology and aerial photos for crop management.

  • Markus Weber, Landview
  • Danielle Dietz, Canola Council of Canada
  • Carly Baker, Canola Council of Canada
  • Carly Miller, Canola Council of Canada


canolaPALOOZA Alberta will be applying for CCA credits.


Please remember to bring cash to purchase your lunch and treats from:


Thank you to these organizations for adding some diversity to the palooza plots!


Be sure to visit all of sponsors at the event who help make canolaPALOOZA possible!

Green Event Sponsor

Liquid Gold Sponsors

Helping Hands Sponsors

Companies interested in sponsoring canolaPALOOZA are asked to contact [email protected] to work out your customized sponsor package that can include games, food trucks and more.


Alberta canolaPALOOZA welcomes El Niven & The Alibi as musical guest on the midway.



Read about canola grower Dale Uglem’s day at canolaPALOOZA in 2016

Read what canola grower John Guelly had to say after experiencing the first canolaPALOOZA in 2015

watch this short video from Real Agriculture to learn what canolaPALOOZA is really all about (it was filmed for 2016, so the date is for a previous event)

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Tuesday, June 27
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Lacombe Research & Development Centre
6000 C&E Trail
Lacombe, Alberta Canada
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