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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 but pre-registration is required

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.
  • Beneficials in the Field – learn about the many beneficial organisms- from predators & parasites to the viruses & bacteria that control pests for free.
  • Herbicide Crop Grid – identify herbicide damage and how different active ingredients affect canola, wheat, and peas in different ways.
  • Blackleg Management – identify blackleg symptoms in the field and discuss strategies including using different resistance genes.
  • Insect Pests – learn to identify the pests and assess damage and make management decisions for flea beetle, cabbage seedpod weevil and lygus.
  • Soil Pit – look deep into the soil profile to learn how to manage different soils based on their physical properties.
  • 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
  • Sclerotinia Prediction & Management –  in field walk through and discussion of how to make a sclerotinia spray decision using checklist
  • 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.
  • Storage – preventing and managing storage issues including what we learned from the challenging 2016 harvest.
  • Canola Grading – live demonstration of why grade matters; digging deeper into harvest samples; where meal and oil end up.
  • 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
  • Wheat Plots – visit the Alberta Wheat Commission plots for information on identifying and managing wireworms & cereal leaf beetles.
  • 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
  • Farm Safety – meet with Ag Safe Alberta to discuss developing a Farm Safety plan for your operation
  • Canola Oil – local, healthy and versatile – learn about the healthy benefits of the canola oil you are growing.

sessions are subject to change with more expected to be added as plans are finalized


canolaPALOOZA brings the best instructors to Alberta each year. Check back for updates – subject to change.

Angela Brackenreed, Brian Caldwell, Brian Innes, Brian Kennedy, Brittany Hennig, Clint Jurke, Colette Prefontaine, Dale Fedoruk, Dan Orchard, Daryl Tuck, Dilantha Fernando, Donna Trottier, Eric Johnson, Gary Peng, Giselle Bezanson, Gregory Sekulic, Haley Catton, Hector Carcamo, Ian Epp, Jack Payne,  Janine Paly, Jenn Walker, John Kowalchuk, Jolene Noble, Judy Elias, Justine Cornelesen, Keith Gabert, Kevin Bender, Kevin Floate, Larry Michiesen, Lauren Chow, Lee Townsend, Linda Hall, Lisa Campbell, Lora Morandin, Luis Del Rio Mendoza, Mario Tenuta, Mark Cutts, Michael Harding, Monica Klaas, Murray Hartman, Nancy Knous, Neil Harker , Nevin Rosaasen, Nicole Philp, Patty Reid, Ralph Lange, Ray Dowbenko, Rigas Karamanos, Robert Graf,  Robyne Bowness Davidson, Ross McKenzie, Sanjeeta Motwani, Scott Meers, Shawn Senko, Shelley Barkley, Tom Wolf, Vincent Hervet, Warren Feist, Wayne Tuck


canolaPALOOZA Alberta will be applying for CCA credits.


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

  • The Stache – Tacos & Sandwiches
  • The Hop – Burgers and Fries
  • Dawg’n It – Hot Dogs and Fries
  • we are adding more – check back as the event approaches


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.


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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Alberta Canola Producers

Looking for more events and training opportunities?


The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is a proud member of Farm Management Canada. Farm Management Canada is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to providing leading edge resources to enable Canadian farmers to make sound management decisions.

Visit fmc-gac.ca for upcoming events including regular scheduled webinars and online resources


The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is proud to support the Lethbridge College Agriculture Business Risk Management program that  is designed specifically for application in agricultural business (beef, pork, grain, oilseeds) with a strong focus on commodity and risk management essential to entrepreneurs. The focus of the program is on financial risk and topics associated with financial risk.

Visit lethbridgecollege.ca/brm for full details and course offerings



The Alberta Canola Producers Commission is proud to support Agritalent, which is a national database of learning opportunities in agriculture.

Visit agritalent.ca to explore the database

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