Enhancing Soil & Crop
Sustainability in New Brunswick

NBSCIA 43rd Annual General Meeting and Technical Workshop

Live Weekly 10:00-11:00 am January 31 - April 11, 2022, Via ZOOM

NBSCIA Research Updates

April 11: In-house Research Update


This week our very own NBSCIA staff will be taking you through a recap of our 2021 research projects including highlights from: NB Weather Mapping Crop Production Optimization Mustard Bio-fumigant Soil Health Benchmarking Apple Growth & Integrated Pest Management Improved pasture management at the Tantramar Community Pasture

April 4: Atlantic Grain Council On-Farm Agronomy Update

Misty Croney, Vice President, LP Consulting & Atlantic Grains Councel On Farm. Agronomy Team member.

Misty is VP and partner at LP Consulting, an agriculture consulting company that specializes in crop management plans, waste-to-resource programs, soil amendments and on-farm agronomy research. Their work in waste resources won them the Mobius Award of Environmental Excellence. Misty works closely with farmers developing crop management plans to help them achieve higher yields and long-term profitability through improved soil health. Her work creating waste-to-resource programs has resulted in successful soil amendment products which improve sustainability and benefits farmers, industry and the environment. Raised on a cow-calf beef operation, she has spent her lifetime working in agriculture.

March 21: NB Cereal & Oil Seed Research Update

Peter Scott, P.Ag., Crop Development Specialist - Cereal and Oilseeds with NBDAAF

Peter started with DAAF in 1985 as Regional Crop Specialist, Regional Potato Specialist, Regional Crop Development Officer and since 2005 as Field Crop Specialist and most recently as the Cereal and Oilseed Specialist. Focus has always been mainly in variety development starting with soybean variety testing in late 80’s, followed by 10 years of potato variety testing and storage management and most recently with cereals and oilseed germplasm. Cereal and oilseed development activities have always been in partnership with NBSCIA. In his spare time he continues to operate a 6th generation family farm.

March 14: NB Forage Research Update

Jason Wells; Crop Development Specialist Livestock Feed, NBDAAF

Jason Wells is currently a Crop Development Specialist with the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, based in Sussex, NB.

Before coming to NBDAAF, Jason worked as a research technician at the AAFC Research Farm in Nappan, Nova Scotia, working on forage variety evaluation trials and more recently in agricultural sales and support for crop inputs.

He is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, having completed his M. Sc. in 2010. He wrote his thesis on feces!.......more professionally titled “Long-term manure application impacts on forage yield, nutrient utilization and soil nutrient status”.

Agricultural Climate Solutions: On-Farm Climate Action Fund

March 28: Wild Blueberry Research Update by VALORÄ’S Research Institute

Jolaine Arseneau, Research Professional, VALORÄ’S Research Institute

Jolaine is from the Acadian Peninsula and currently works as a research professional at the VALORÄ’S Research Institute based in Shippagan, New Brunswick.

Jolaine started at VALORĒS in 2014 as a technical assistant in the peat & soil laboratory. After obtaining her bachelor's degree in integrated coastal zone management from the Université de Moncton in 2016, she obtained a master's degree in biology from the Université du Québec en Outaouais in 2020. Her master's topic was on the fertilization and foliar nutrition of sugar maple considering ash application.

Since 2020, Jolaine has rejoined the VALORĒS research team under the direction of Dr. Marion Tétégan Simon. Their research activities, carried out in close collaboration with the blueberry industry, focus on questions related to different agricultural practices. The subjects studied by Jolaine are specifically foliar fertilization, the fragmentation of granular fertilization and the restoration of bare areas in blueberry fields.

March 7: Nitrogen Management

Kelsey Hill, Agronomy Advisor, Fertilizer Canada

Kelsey Hill is the Agronomy Advisor at Fertilizer Canada, where she is responsible for supporting the continued development and implementation of 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiatives and programs across Canada. Kelsey grew up on her family’s dairy, beef, and cash crop farm in the Ottawa Valley, where her passion for agriculture started. She holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Science with a major in Crop, Horticulture, and Turfgrass Science from the University of Guelph (2019) and is a Certified Crop Adviser.

February 28: Rotational Grazing: Pasture Management to Improve Soil and Profits

John Duynisveld, Research Biologist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Mr. Duynisveld has been employed as a Beef Research Biologist with AAFC since 2000.  His current research program is focused on improving the use of pasture in beef production systems; his current research is centered on a multi-year Beef Cluster research project on maintaining legumes in pasture as co-PI with Dr. Yousef Papadopoulos. Significant past research contributions include co-PI of a Beef Science Cluster project on forage mixtures for pasture, research into fall and winter grazing systems in Atlantic Canada, part of collaborative research team looking at pasture and oil supplementation for developing a high value lamb, residual feed intake in beef cattle, co-investigator to develop feeding regimes for a regional beef value chain (Atlantic Beef), investigator in several research projects to enhance the healthfulness for beef fat using pasture as well as oilseeds, and co-investigator in designing a remote, automated animal weighing system for use on pasture. He has 24 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 41 scientific abstracts, and over 250 technical transfer presentations and trade publications. He was part of a national team on year-round grazing of beef cattle to receive a Golden Harvest Award in 2008. In addition to his work at AAFC, Mr. Duynisveld also manages a grass-based meat farm with his family in Wallace, Nova Scotia, raising grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured poultry and pigs.

February 22: Cover Cropping

Blake Vince, 5th generation farmer from Merlin, Ontario, Nuffield Scholar

Blake Vince is a 5th Generation farmer from Merlin Ontario, Canada.

He currently produces corn, soybeans winter wheat and various cover crop seeds.

Blake learned from a very young age the advantages of no-till farming as they began implementing those practices in 1983.

Blake has spoken on the global stage, about the importance of soil health. He is quick to emphasize the direct impact agricultural soil management has on water quality.

Aside from farming, Blake continues to be the chairman for Nuffield Canada.

He is a Rotarian, and past president of the Rotary Club of Chatham Sunrise.

Blake, like many Canadians, looks forward to when we can connect and share face to face in a social setting.

Agriculture Clean Technologies

February 24: Hands on experience with Biogas generation

Jacques Laforge, President, Laforge Bioenvironmental Inc. and Laforge Holsteins Ltd.

Jacques M. Laforge was chief executive officer and commissioner with the Canadian Dairy commission from February 2012 to May 2018. Before that, he served in Dairy Farmers of Canada, a non-profit organization funded by dairy farmers from January 1989 to July 2011 and the president from August 2004 to July 2011. Mr. Laforge Currently serves as president of Laforge Bioenvironmental Inc. and Laforge Holsteins Ltd., a waste to energy facilities and mixed farming operation located in Canada.

Agricultural Climate Solutions: Living Labs

February 14: Climate Solutions and Best Management Practices in the Wild Blueberry Production System

Jean Lafond, Soil science specialist, Science and technology branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Mr. Jean Lafond. He is employed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Normandin Research Farm, Quebec, as a soil fertility specialist.

Over the past twenty years, Mr. Jean Lafond has developed specific expertise in soil fertility related to the creation of new knowledge and technologies aimed at improving the productivity of wild lowbush blueberries.

It works in close collaboration with the industry and more particularly with the Syndicat des producteurs de Bleuet du Québec. New collaborations have also been established with the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, thus allowing the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students.

Mr. Lafond is author-co-author of fifteen scientific articles on wild blueberries. This work focused on plant nutrition (N, P, K, Ca and Mg) in relation to the soil and on the establishment of new standards identifying the optimal concentrations of nutrients in the leaves ensuring the best fruit yield.

February 7: Agriculture’s Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Soil Health

David L. Burton, Ph.D., P.Ag., Director, Centre for Sustainable Soil Management, Dalhousie University

Dr. David Burton, a Soil Scientist, is Dalhousie University Research Professor, Director of Dalhousie’s Centre for Sustainable Soil Management, and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Soil Science.

Dr. Burton’s research examines the role of the soil environment in influencing the nature and extent of microbial metabolism in soil.  His focus has been on processes in the cycling of nitrogen in soils and their implications for soil fertility and environmental impact. His current research programs involve an examination of the production and consumption of greenhouse gases in natural and agricultural landscapes, the development of tools for the measurement of soil nitrogen supply to plants, the influence of climate on soil biological processes, and the assessment of the quality of the soil biological environment and its influence on soil health.  Over the past decade, his work has focused on potato production in Atlantic Canada. It is the aim of this work to better understand the factors that control soil microbial processes and to use this information to develop sustainable land management systems in a changing climate.

January 31: Introduction to the Agricultural Climate Solutions Living Lab

Cedric MacLeod, MSc., PAg, Project Development Contractor, Agriculture Alliance of New Brunswick

Cedric grew up in Carleton County, New Brunswick working in the family concrete construction business and developed an early love for agriculture with encouragement from dad and many construction jobs being in the agricultural field.  A desire to tackle soil health and conservation challenges in the New Brunswick potato belt led Cedric towards the completion of a Bachelor of Science from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and a Masters Degree from the University of Manitoba, Department of Soil Science.

Early career experience immersed Cedric in the agricultural greenhouse gas management field where he has led or contributed to the development of numerous Canadian and international GHG quantification protocols in the livestock and cropping sectors.  Most recently Cedric, through his work with the Canadian Forage and Grassland Association has supported the development of the very first grassland GHG quantification protocol approved for the Canadian Forage Sector.

Cedric operates a grass-fed beef and annual crop production operation in Centreville, New Brunswick with his wife Alanda and son Kalen.