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Introduction to Organic Weed Management
November 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm$10.00
In this webinar, you’ll learn about the general approaches used by organic producers to manage weeds and key management options in the organic tool kit from one of the Prairie’s longest serving organic extension specialists.
Dr. Brenda Frick, Partner, Resilient Solutions Consulting, Saskatoon, SK
David Rourke, Co-Owner/Operator, Rourke Farms Organics, Minto, MB
Alan McKenzie, Co-Owner/Operator McKenzie Land and Livestock, Nesbitt, MB
Will Bailey-Elkin, M.Sc. student, Natural Systems Agriculture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
Register here for one, two or five webinars and tune in from the comfort of your own home during your lunch hour. Each webinar is $10. Save $10 by registering for all five.
The series will use the Government of Manitoba’s GOTOWEBINAR platform. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with instructions on how to participate.
Funding is provided in part by the Canada and Manitoba governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Additional sponsorship is provided by FCC, MASC and Weed Surfer.
Brenda Frick, Ph.D.
Brenda has a Ph.D. from Western University in Plant Sciences and a long history of extension work on organic weed control in the Canadian Prairie. She served as Prairie Coordinator for the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, based at the University of Saskatchewan where she now teaches a course on Weed Control in Organic Agriculture. Brenda is the author of Organic Farming on the Prairies and co-author of The Organic Field Crop Handbook. She wrote a weekly column on organic agriculture for the Western Producer for many years and more recently has worked as a private consultant as a partner in Resilient Solutions Consulting on agricultural projects, including the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative.
David, along with his wife Diane, son Don, daughter Dorian and son-in-law John, runs one of Manitoba’s largest organic farms, Rourke Farms Organics, near Minto, MB. The Rourke’s transitioned to organic from conventional no-till in 2016. David has identified a lofty set of objectives for the farm including doubling the speed at which the farm creates soil organic matter, quadrupling profit, increasing farm diversity, eliminating the use of fossil fuels and increasing the nutrient density of food produced on the farm. Prior to the transition, David farmed conventionally while acting as President and CEO of AgQuest. AgQuest, founded in 1983, is the largest independent agricultural research provider in the Prairies. David has B.Sc. and master’s degrees (1981) in agriculture from the University of Manitoba
Alan farms a 4000 ac. cattle and grain farm near Nesbitt, MB on land purchased from his grandmother. The farm transitioned to organic starting in 2002 and all crops and livestock have been certified since 2011. Alan is experimenting with regenerative principles, incorporating a high degree of plant diversity and living roots. Weeds were not a big problem when much of the land base was in perennial pastures. As Alan moved away from a perennial system with livestock grazing on annual crops on land rotated through a series of cash crops such as hemp, mustard, wheat and multi-species cash crops, weeds became a bigger issue. Since then, Alan has relied on a mix of cultural and mechanical practices to manage weeds in this system.
Moderator: Will Baily-Elkin
Will completed a B.Sc. in Sustainable Agriculture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia. He has worked on several mixed vegetable farms and is an IOIA-trained organic inspector. Currently, Will is a master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Martin Entz at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on organic pea-intercropping.