SOLD OUT! MSSS Summer Tour coming August 17th! Souris Plains Soil & Water Management

Summer Field Tour

August 17 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Jump on the bus for the MSSS Summer Tour!
Thursday August 17th, 2023

Join us as we visit the Souris River Watershed and learn about Soil and Water Management.

Sites and Topics include:

Souris Plains Soil and Water Management Site:
•  Extremes in moisture management – drought and excess water.
•  Tile drainage in cold climates and undulating topography.
•  Importance of understanding soil variability in soil and water management decision making.
•  View soil pits along a catena.
•  Soil health and salinity.
•  Water quality – nitrogen, phosphorus, salt.
•  Water treatment options
•  Pedology lesson

Souris River Watershed District:
•  Saline Soil Remediation
•  Other water management projects implemented by SRWD

Small Scale Irrigation Project with producer monitoring.


Registration fee prior to August 10*:  

  • Regular – $ 90.00
  • Student – $ 60.00

Payment options:

Manitoba Soil Science Society c\o Megan Westphal
362 Ellis Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Make cheque payable to “Manitoba Soil Science Society.”

*After August 10 – $ 15.00 additional fee. Registrations after this date must be paid by e-transfer.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a water bottle for refilling at our water stations.

We will be picking up participants at locations in Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie and Souris. Locations and times will be sent closer to tour date.

MSSS Purpose

The Manitoba Soil Science Society exists to ensure that:

Soil Scientists are well informed about pertinent research being conducted in Manitoba.
Manitoba institutions strengthen their collaborations with each other.
Soil Scientists develop their research programs based on the most recent scientific developments.







Make your own Monolith!

Please watch our YouTube series for the complete set of monolith making instructions.

For the 2020 Drop-In Summer Tour, participants had the opportunity to make their own monolith. Interested in making one yourself? Check out our YouTube series!

Manitoba Provincial Soil NEWDALE

Newdale Clay Loam Provincial Soil Factsheet

Newdale Clay Loam

A valuable soil of the Eastern Prairies, the Newdale series is classified as an Orthic Black Chernozem. The Newdale soils formed in calcareous, loamy glacial till of limestone, granite and shale origin. Soils are moderately well drained and occur in mid to upper slope positions of hummocky landscapes.
The native vegetation is grassland and aspen groves. They are very productive soils for spring and winter wheat, canola, barley, flax, peas and alfalfa-based forages. The Newdale soil covers over 1.3 million acres and typifies clay loam soils in western Manitoba. The average annual precipitation is 460 mm (18 inches) and the annual air temperature is 2° C (35° F) with a frost-free period of 105 days.
In 2010, the Newdale Clay Loam was officially proclaimed as Manitoba’s provincial soil.

MSSS Executive

Baljeet Singh


Alexander Koiter


Inoka Amarakoon


Lindsey Andronak


Megan Westphal


Takudzwa Nawu


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