Steve is an independent crop advisor based out of Three Hills, Alberta. As the owner of Beyond Agronomy, he provides strategic advice on crop production, timing, technology and equipment. Steve works with farmers around the world from Ukraine to Kenya, Australia to Canada.
Steve is a first-generation grain farmer who runs a no-till, controlled traffic and fencerow farming system. He has run a full controlled traffic farming (CTF) system on his farm since 2010 and plants canola, wheat, barley, peas and faba beans in rotation. He is a 2007 Canadian Nuffield Scholar and international speaker.
Steve began controlled traffic farming in 2010 after completing his Canadian Nuffield Scholarship on CTF in 2009 and was the first to fully implement CTF in Western Canada. His research examined the use of tramlines and CTF in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, which gave him the confidence to return home and implement CTF on his farm.
Steve participated in the Controlled Traffic Farming Alberta (CTFA) project that involved the comparison of CTF beside conventional no-till systems. The project looked at soil structure, water infiltration, weed pressure, soil biology, yield and the economics between conventional no-till and CTF with no-till. Steve will discuss the findings of the CTFA project and what he has learned after 8 years of CTF on his farm.
Compaction in Soil - Controlled Traffic Farming
Wednesday @ 9:00 in Gallery B