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Plant Growing Myths: True or False

Have you ever wondered if talking to plants makes them grow better? Maybe you were curious if you could hear plants growing? Learn the answers to that and more on this week’s myth busting episode of Seed Speaks.

Join us to myth bust common myths that surround plant growing with a group of experts in the field. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Seed Speaks has three expert panelists joining us to myth bust plant growing myths:

Robyne Davidson, research scientist, Lakeland College: Davidson is the pulse and special crops research scientist with Lakeland College based in Lacombe, Alta. She has numerous years of experience in the agricultural industry conducting research trials on a wide variety of field crops within government, academia, and the private sector. Davidson has been working with pulse crops for the past 20 years leading and conducting pulse research trials across Alberta. She has been involved in the introduction of new pulse crops, the sustainability of current pulse management strategies and the expansion of pulse crops across the prairies. Davidson enjoys the extension piece of her research role and highly values the work she does with industry and farmers to support and grow the industry. She and her husband operate a 4,000-acre grain farm near Red Deer, Alta.

Trevor Nysetvold, director of Crop Science for SGS Canada: Nysetvold was born and raised on a grain farm south of Lloydminster, Alta.  Nysetvold completed his post-secondary education at University of Saskatchewan, obtaining a degree in agriculture with a major in crop science.  With a passion for agriculture and an interest in business he has been involved in starting companies in agriculture, real estate and the oil and gas sector.  In 1996, he founded BioVision Seed labs with United Grain Growers and Norwest Labs, which he owned and managed business for 21 years. In 2017, Nysetvold sold BioVision Seed Labs to SGS out of Switzerland. He currently is the director of Crop Science for SGS Canada.

Lori Oatway, research scientist for grain quality with FCDC: Oatway is both a seed grower and a research scientist allowing her life and career to focus on getting new crop varieties into the hands of farmers. Growing up in the strong agricultural community of Stettler, Ata. Oatway’s love for agriculture developed while spending summers on the family farm at Hardisty, Alta. After enrolling at the University of Alberta, majoring in animal science and nutrition, a chance summer position at the Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) sent her in a new direction — agricultural research. Together with her husband Ward, the Oatways own and operate Oatway’s Seed Farm, near Clive, Alta.  Growing pedigreed seed entails the rigors of farming with additional requirements for field plans, record keeping, rogueing, inspection, and testing. A pedigreed seed grower since 1997, Oatway was later certified as a Select Grower, allowing her access to breeder seed to develop and multiply for farmers across the prairies. As a research scientist at FCDC Oatway has a deep understanding of the plant breeding process. She leads the quality program that’s responsible for evaluating new grain and forage varieties for quality traits. Her farming background is critical in determining what traits are required to meet current and future market demands.

Make sure to tune in at 12 p.m. CDT: