CropConnect '17 Wrap-Up: Canada's Ag Day, Commodity Group Collaboration & 275-Bushel Corn


Around 1,600 people spent part of this week at the Victoria Inn Convention Centre in Winnipeg taking in the 2017 CropConnect Conference.

Organized by eight provincial commodity organizations, co-chair Roberta Galbraith joined Kelvin for a wrap-up of the fourth-annual edition of CropConnect:

CropConnect ’17 notes:

  • The idea of collaborating/working together/possibly even merging provincial commodity associations was formally introduced and discussed during several sessions.
  • Federal Ag Minister Lawrence MacAulay made an appearance, and spent some time visiting the trade show alongside Manitoba Ag Minister Ralph Eichler on Wednesday.
  • Keynotes from Doug Lipp of Disney U, Glen Hodgson of the Conference Board of Canada and meteorologist Drew Lerner, as well as concurrents on everything from soybean agronomy to grain storage to on-farm research, were well-attended. (The RealAg Farmers’ Saloon on Wednesday was also well-attended!)
  • 274.7 bushels/acre! 2016 was a good year for corn yields in southern Manitoba, as evidenced by Baker Colony’s winning and record-breaking entry in the Manitoba Corn Growers’ annual yield competition.
  • Long-time Manitoba Corn Growers’ manager Theresa Bergsma, who’s retiring this spring, was given a special recognition at the CropConnect banquet for her many years working for growers and helping organize CropConnect.
  • Dr. Carla Taylor of the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine at the St. Boniface Hospital was awarded the Manitoba Canola Growers’ 2017 Canola Award of Excellence.
  • From t-shirts to cookies to coffee cups, the inaugural “Canada’s Ag Day” was definitely celebrated on Thursday at CropConnect.
  • AGMs for seven provincial crop commodity groups were held during the conference (Manitoba Seed Growers, Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers, Manitoba Wheat & Barley Growers, Manitoba Canola Growers, Manitoba Corn Growers, Manitoba Oat Growers, Manitoba Flax Growers, and the National Sunflower Association of Canada.)


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