Join us for 3 days of canola discovery and innovation

Agronomists, farmers, researchers, extension staff, students and anyone else interested in canola research, innovation and industry updates are welcome to attend the three-day “Canola Week” conference in Saskatoon, December 5-7.

Registration gets you into all three days.

Day 1, Canola Industry Meeting, December 5: Often nicknamed “Downey Days” after the father of canola, Keith Downey, who first started this event in the early 1970s. Back then the purpose of the meeting was to bring together crushers, refiners, seed growers, elevators, breeders, animal and human nutritionists (and farmers) to decide how to work with farmers to grow and deliver canola in Canada. This has led to the incredible industry we have today! Day 1 includes canola organization updates, details on corporate mergers among major life-science companies, what’s happening with canola around the world, and a panel on new advances in sclerotinia stem rot management.

Day 2, Canola Discovery Forum, December 6: The Canola Council of Canada’s annual forum is condensed into one day of research updates, discovery and discussion. Session topics include variable-rate fertilizer, clubroot and blackleg management, and the CanoVision panel on adapting to change. Many presentations will feature recently-completed studies funded through the Canola Council of Canada and Government of Canada Growing Forward 2 partnership.

Day 3, Canola Innovation Day, December 7: On this day, speakers dig deeper into new tools and ideas, including CRISPR-Cas9, RNA interference, opportunities for canola proteins, and soil and plant microbiomes. This day will also feature an inspiring talk on precision management and a presentation from Trent Myers entitled “DOT Autonomous Power Platform: Farming Re-imagined”.

Speaker names and presentation titles and full agendas for each day are listed here. That same link also provides the registration form. Space is limited. Registration includes all coffee breaks, a lunch each day and a networking reception on December 5.

While registering, also book accommodations early. The venue is the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Saskatoon. If that hotel is sold out, other nearby hotels in downtown Saskatoon may have space.

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) and Certified Crop Science Consultant (CCSC) credits will be available for those who attend the conference.