Summer Field Tour
2019 Manitoba Soil Science Society Summer Tour
Secrets of the Sandhills: Diversity & Preservation
August 16th, 2019
Bus leaves from the Sobeys parking lot (Kenaston & McGillivray) in Winnipeg at 7:30 am
Returning to Winnipeg around 5:30pm.
- A tour of a potato farm and a community pasture
- Assiniboine Delta Aquifer – unique water and nutrirent management issues
- Lunch and tour of field plots at Canada-Manitoba Crop Diversification Centre near Carberry
- Spirit Sands Trail – guided hike of Manitoba’s own desert
Lunch is included.
Cost and Registration
- $85.00 regular fee before August 5th deadline.
- $55.00 student fee before August 5th deadline.
- $15.00 additional fee for registrations received after the August 5th deadline.
Registrations after August 5th must be emailed and payment made in person day-of
About the MSSS Summer Tours
The Manitoba Soil Science Society features a one-day summer bus tour to different areas of the province to view and study different soils and soil management practices. Attendees consist of graduate students in soils, summer students, extension agronomists and an increasing number of industry Certified Crop Advisers seeking Soil and Water Management credits.
In recent years we have developed a number of exercises to prompt knowledge in soil properties and appropriate production practices while we visit 2-3 farms and exposed soil profiles. The workbook is modeled after the US National Park Service Junior Ranger program that features activity based learning, including use of the web based soil survey to complete fill-in the blank soil descriptions, soil productivity assessment based on texture, structure, drainage and soil nutrient analysis, soil health assessment, soil suitability ratings, detailed soil horizon and landscape drawings, and an en-route scavenger hunt of various ag industry, farm type and land uses. Evaluations have scored this learning as effective. Prizes from ag industry are awarded for participation during the homeward trek. Later host farmers receive a soil monolith dug and prepared from the soil pit.