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Summer Field Tour
2018 Manitoba Soil Science Society Summer Tour
Interlake Soils: What’s Shaking Between the Lakes!
August 16th, 2018
Bus leaves from the Sobeys parking lot (Kenaston & McGillivray) in Winnipeg at 7:30 am
OR meet us in Stonewall! Pick-up stop at Tim Horton’s parking lot (241 2nd Avenue N) at 8:15 am.
Returning to Winnipeg around 5:30pm.
The 2018 tour features soils of the Interlake Region and includes:
- A tour of a commercial limestone quarry.
- Nutrient management issues unique to the Interlake incl. annual cropping & forage production.
- Visit PESAI Research Station. View tile drainage and excess moisture trials.
- Get your feet in the peat! Soil pit and exercises led by our “pit crew”.
Lunch is included.
Cost and Registration
- $85.00 regular fee before August 3rd deadline.
- $55.00 student fee before August 3rd deadline.
- $15.00 additional fee for registrations received after the August 3 deadline.
Registrations after August 3rd 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.