Dr. Patrick Mooleki is a Research Scientist – Oilseed Agronomy, with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre. Patrick obtained his BSc in Agriculture at the University of Zambia in 1986; and a year later, came to Canada to pursue his MSc degree in Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. He completed his studies in 1990 and returned to Zambia to continue his agricultural research work in a CIDA-sponsored Zambia-Canada Wheat Research Project, working on secondment from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Development, Government of Zambia. He returned to the U of S in 1994 to pursue PhD studies in agronomy, focussing on N and non-N benefits of legumes in crop rotations. Following his PhD, Patrick accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Jeff Schoenau, Department of Soil Science, U of S, focusing on the development of sustainable soil fertility management methods including the role of livestock manure in sustainable agriculture. In 2004, Patrick joined the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture as a founding member of the Agriculture Knowledge Centre, where he worked until 2017 when he moved to AAFC. Patrick’s research work at AAFC focuses on developing best management practices that enhance grain yield and quality of oilseed crops in a profitable, environmentally-friendly, resilient, and sustainable manner on the Canadian Prairies.
Presentation: Crop Rotation in Saskatchewan – Drivers, Reality and Impact
Crop rotation is a significant component of sustainable and profitable cropping systems. In this presentation, Dr. Mooleki discusses the basics of crop rotation, factors that producers have to grapple with in deciding what crop rotations they want to follow on their farms; what crop rotations Saskatchewan producers are actually following; and the impacts of the crop rotations Saskatchewan producers are following.
Tuesday @ 3:45 in Gallery B