Canadian Forage Seed Conference “Enhancing the Cropping System Resiliency”

Talon Gauthier & Susie Lefferson

On February 25th and 26th, 2020 forage seed growers, researchers, extension staff and agribusinesses will congregate for the first Canadian Forage Seed Conference since 2006!  The conference will be hosted at the Fantasyland Hotel which is attached to the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The goal of this conference is to unite the industry throughout Canada and increase awareness and interest in forage seed production.  With the current challenges in Canadian grain markets, we have a great opportunity to increase awareness of the benefits of incorporating forage seed crops into any cropping system.  Perennial forage seed crops can offer these growers market diversity and dispersal of timing in terms of workload.  For the faithful forage seed grower, it will be an opportunity to hear about new technologies in the industry and where research is headed.  As Bruce Coulman recently said, “It is an exciting time to be involved in research on forages as there is more money invested now in Canada than there ever has been”!

Conference planning has been underway for almost a year and some great speakers have been confirmed to join us in Edmonton!  We are very excited to have speakers traveling from Oregon, Minnesota and hopefully beyond to bring an international perspective to the conference.  Below is a draft agenda for the two days that is still being developed.

February 25th, 2020

8:00 am Breakfast
8:50 am Welcome & Housekeeping
9:00 am Seed Yield & Seed Shattering with Different Swathers – Nicole Anderson, OSU*
9:30 am International Market Report – Turf Grasses – TBA
10:00 am Remote Sensing for Pest Management – Chris Neeser, AB Ag & Forestry
10:30 am Coffee & Snack Break
11:00 am Forage Breeding in Canada – Bill Biligetu, University of Saskatchewan
11:30 am International Market Report – Forage Legumes – TBA
12:00 pm Lunch
Grass & Clover Sessions Alfalfa Sessions
1:30 pm Perennial Ryegrass Production Systems – Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota Western Canada Alfalfa Weevil Project – Boyd Mori, University of Alberta
2:00 pm Lesser Clover Leaf Weevil Project – Dan Malamura, University of Saskatchewan Parasite Control in Leafcutter Bees with Cinnamon – Danica Baines, AAFC* Lethbridge
2:30 pm Insects in Grass & Clover Crops – Jennifer Otani, AAFC* Beaverlodge Lygus in Alfalfa – Hector Carcamo, AAFC* Lethbridge
3:00 pm Growth Regulators in Grasses & Clovers – Calvin Yoder, Roger Burak, Nicole Anderson Innovations in Irrigation Technology OR World Trends in Hay Exports OR Legume Breeding
3:45 pm Coffee & Snack Break
4:00 pm PRFSA Annual General Meeting
5:30 pm Supper (On Your Own)
7:30 pm Wine & Cheese

*OSU = Oregon State University, AAFC = Agriculture & AgriFood Canada

February 26th, 2020

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Technology to Monitor Crop Health – Matthias Loesken, Blackbird Environmental
9:30 am International Market Report – Forage Grasses – TBA
10:00 am Virtual Farm Tour – Brett Rudd, Idaho
10:30 am Coffee & Snack Break
11:00 am Crop Rotations, Economics & Benefits – Nityananda Khanal, AAFC Beaverlodge
11:30 am Prairie Pesticide Minor Use Consortium Overview & Representative Grasses Project Update – Ron Pidskalny, Strategic Vision Consulting Ltd.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Crop Protection Options – Calvin Yoder or panel
2:00 pm Cover Crops: Mixes & Opportunities – Mike Schellenberg, AAFC Swift Current
2:30 pm Carbon sequestration in Forage Seed Production OR Legume Inoculants in Canada
3:00 pm Conference Ends

We hope that you now feel as excited about the conference as we are and have marked the dates in your calendar to join us in Edmonton next February.  Registration is CAD $250/person and more information will continually be posted on the conference webpage: www.peaceforageseed.ca/fsconference/.

Please feel free to contact Talon Gauthier at coordinator@peaceforageseed.ca or 1 877 630 2198.

IHSG Conference Updates

The 10th IHSG Conference in Oregon is drawing closer.  Space is limited on tours and some other activities so now is the time to make arrangements to attend the 2019 conference.  The following are some updates:

Program

The program can be found on the conference web site at the program tab:

Link:  https://ihsg2019.org/program/

Check back in here as the program will be updated in the near future.

Registration

Registration continues for the conference.  To register for the conference or tours and other activities, please click on the registration tab to get signed up at the IHSG conference web site:

Link:   https://ihsg2019.org/registration/

Information about lodging and other travel considerations can be found under other tabs on the web site.

Accompanying Persons Tour

Coming to Corvallis with a conference delegate and not attending the sessions or workshops?   There is a nice accompany persons program that will take you to many of western Oregon’s best points of interest.  For more information, please visit the link below:

Link:  https://ihsg2019.org/accompanying-persons-tour/

I look forward to seeing you in Corvallis.

Call for Abstracts 10th IHSG Conference

The Local Organizing Committee for the 10th IHSG Conference is pleased to announce the opening call for abstracts.

To submit an abstract, please click on the link below or copy the web address below into your web browser to go to the IHSG conference web site:

Link:   https://ihsg2019.org/

Web Address:   https://ihsg2019.org/

Once you are at the IHSG conference web site, please select the Call for Abstracts tab.  Instructions on how to prepare and submit your abstract can be found on this page.

I look forward to seeing you in Corvallis, Oregon USA in 2019.

The Journal of Applied Seed Production

The Journal of Applied Seed Production was published by the IHSG membership over a 17-year period.  The journal’s publication run began in 1983 and ended in 1999.  During that time span, 231 papers were published in the journal by authors from 24 countries.  The journal published original research papers as well as notes and reviews.  Abstracts and keynote papers from past IHSG conferences were included in supplements to the journal’s regular issues.

IHSG Membership Invitation

Greetings:

As president of the International Herbage Seed Group (IHSG), I am pleased to invite you to join the IHSG or to renew your membership if you are currently a member.  All current members are required to renew their memberships.  Membership in the IHSG is free of charge.

The IHSG is an organization dedicated to improving our understanding of the science and technology of grass and forage legume seed production.  The IHSG first started meeting in 1987 and has offered 9 international conferences and 5 workshops at locations across the globe.  In addition to hosting international meetings, the organization has also produced publications including a long-running newsletter, two books, and a journal.

To become a member of the IHSG or to renew your membership, select the membership tab here on the IHSG web site.  Fill out the form on the membership page and submit the requested information.  Nothing else is needed.

I thank you for your time and consideration.

The domain transfer and site migration is complete

Thanks to the cooperation and assistance of one.com and WordPress.com, the domain transfer and site migration to our permanent domain ihsg.org is now complete.  These activities took less than 24 hours to accomplish; however, more than 5 months of hard work was done to get the site to this point and to get it rebuilt from the ashes of the old site.

Your browser should redirect you from ihsgorg.wordpress.com (the temporary site) to ihsg.org (the permanent home for the IHSG web site).

Change is coming soon…

The long delay will soon be over – I thank you for your patience.  This web site was set up on this temporary domain ihsgorg.wordpress.com after IHSG’s web site was taken down.  The change to the permanent domain is currently underway.

There will be an announcement in the near future regarding the domain and address for this site.