Canadian Forage Seed Conference

Improving the Cropping System Resiliency

On February 25th and 26th, 2020 forage seed growers, researchers, extension staff and agribusinesses will congregate for the first Canadian Forage Seed Conference since 2006! The conference will be hosted at the Fantasyland Hotel which is attached to the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, AB.

The goal of this conference is to unite the industry throughout Canada and increase awareness and interest in forage seed production. With the current challenges in Canadian grain markets, we have a great opportunity to increase awareness of the benefits of incorporating forage seed crops into any cropping system. Perennial forage seed crops can offer these growers market diversity and dispersal of timing in terms of workload. For the faithful forage seed grower, it will be an opportunity to hear about new technologies in the industry and where research is headed. As Bruce Coulman recently said, “It is an exciting time to be involved in research on forages as there is more money invested now in Canada than there ever has been”!

Conference planning has been underway for almost a year and some great speakers have been confirmed to join us in Edmonton! We are very excited to have speakers travelling from Oregon, Minnesota and hopefully beyond to bring an international perspective to the conference.

We hope that you now feel as excited about the conference as we are and have marked the dates in your calendar to join us in Edmonton next February. Registration is CAD$250/person and more information will continually be posted on this page. Please feel free to contact Talon Gauthier at or 1 877 630 2198.

Conference Schedule

The conference will be hosted at Fantasyland Hotel which is situated in the West Edmonton Mall, in the west end of Edmonton (Approx 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from downtown).

The conference will begin with registration and breakfast at 8am Tuesday February 25th and we plan to end at 3pm on Wednesday February 26th.  Most of us will be arriving sometime on Monday, so we have the evening for ourselves – there are many options for dinner in the West Edmonton Mall and at restaurants in the area.

The following is a draft agenda which is subject to change:

February 25th, 2020

8:00 am


8:50 am

Welcome & Housekeeping

9:00 am

Seed Yield & Seed Shattering with Different Swathers – Nicole Anderson, OSU*

9:30 am

Future of the Turf Industry – TBA

10:00 am

Virtual Farm Tour - TBA

10:15 am

Coffee & Snack Break

10:45 am

Forage Breeding in Canada – Bill Biligetu, University of Saskatchewan

11:15 am

Future of the Forage Legume Seed Industry - TBA

12:00 pm



Grass & Clover Sessions

Alfalfa Sessions

1:30 pm

Perennial Ryegrass Production Systems – Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota

Western Canada Alfalfa Weevil Project – Boyd Mori, U of A*

2:00 pm

Growth Regulators in Grasses & Clovers – Calvin Yoder, Roger Burak, Nicole Anderson

Parasite Control in Leafcutter Bees with Cinnamon – Danica Baines, AAFC Lethbridge

2:30 pm

Insects in Grass & Clover Crops – Jennifer Otani, AAFC Beaverlodge

Lygus in Alfalfa – Hector Carcamo, AAFC Lethbridge

3:00 pm

Lesser Clover Leaf Weevil Project – Dan Malamura or Bill Biligetu, University of Saskatchewan

Topic from Saskatchewan Alfalfa Seed Producers Development Commission

3:30 pm

Coffee & Snack Break

4:00 pm

PRFSA Annual General Meeting

5:30 pm

Supper (On Your Own)

7:30 pm

Wine & Cheese

*OSU = Oregon State University, U of A = University of Alberta, AAFC = Agriculture & AgriFood Canada

February 26th, 2020
8:00 am


9:00 am

Technology to Monitor Crop Health – Matthias Loesken, Blackbird Environmental

9:30 am

Future of Forage Grass Seed Industry - TBA

10:00 am

Virtual Farm Tour – Brett Rudd, Idaho

10:15 am

Coffee & Snack Break

10:45 am

Crop Rotations, Economics & Benefits – Nityananda Khanal, AAFC Beaverlodge

11:15 am

Crop Protection Options - TBA

12:00 pm


1:30 pm

Cover Crops: Mixes & Opportunities – Mike Schellenberg, AAFC Swift Current

2:15 pm

International Forage Seed Markets - TBA

3:00 pm

Conference Ends


More information coming soon.


Fantasyland Hotel

Description: Fantasyland Hotel is located within North America’s most comprehensive retail and entertainment complex, West Edmonton Mall. With over 355 guestrooms, including 120 theme rooms, Fantasyland Hotel provides a variety of choices beyond compare. Check in is guaranteed for 4:00pm. Check out time is at 12:00pm (noon).

A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees, Superior 2 Queens at CAD$164.00 per night (plus taxes). Reserve directly with Fantasyland Hotel and mention that you are with the CFS Conference to secure this deal. Special rate is available until Saturday January 25th 2020 or until the block is full.

Parking: Fantasyland Hotel offers a variety of parking options including:
Valet Parking*
Electric Charging Stations**
Self Parking – included with room

* Available for a nominal fee.
** We have charging stations for Tesla vehicles and universal plug-ins for other electric vehicles for a nominal fee. 

Alternate accommodation:
Set in West side of Edmonton, there are numerous options for alternative accommodation.


Self parking is free with your stay at the Fantasyland Hotel. For those joining for a day can park at the West Edmonton Mall however there is no overnight parking at the West Edmonton Mall.

West Edmonton Mall
The West Edmonton Mall is North America’s largest. It spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks and now ranks 5th largest in the World.

WEM is far more than retail stores. Inside, you’ll find the world’s largest indoor lake (with four submarines and 250 different types of marine life), and an indoor wave pool (12.3 million litres for 40,000 swimmers). There’s also the Mindbender — the world’s largest indoor triple loop rollercoaster at 4,189 feet long and with a 5-G force in the second loop — and the world’s largest indoor permanent bungee tower (106 feet). This is in addition to a NHL-sized rink, a shooting range, a replica of Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria, Sea Life Caverns and its turtles, sharks, and penguins, a 6-acre water park, and a chapel that seats 55. There is parking for 20,000 vehicles (where’s my car?).

Did You Know....

  • - Edmonton is the fifth largest city in Canada and the capital city of the province of Alberta. It is one of the youngest and fastest-growing cities in the country.
  • - Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a population over one million.
  • - Edmonton is home to North America’s largest mall – the West Edmonton Mall, spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks. There is parking for 20,000 vehicles!
  • - Edmonton sits close to the geographic center of the province. It’s the main supply and service center for Canada’s oil sands.
  • - Edmonton is one of Canada’s top three sunniest cities, along with Calgary and Winnipeg. Each year Edmonton gets an average of 325 days of sun, or 2,345 hours.
  • - Edmonton was established in 1795 as a Hudson’s Bay Company post.
  • - More than 30 species of mosquitoes live in the Edmonton area – and the problem mosquito is called vexans mosquito. Some summers can be miserable outdoors, especially at dusk.
  • - At 18,000 acres, the North Saskatchewan River Valley in Edmonton is North America’s largest continuous urban green space. There are 150 kilometres of trails for year-round activities and 22 parks in the space. Much of the land was privately owned originally, but became public again when the city seized back the land after the North Saskatchewan River flooded in 1915.
  • - At 64 metres high, the Great Divide Waterfall on the High Level Bridge is seven metres higher than Niagara Falls. The waterfall feature was installed by artist Peter Lewis in 1980 to celebrate Alberta’s 75th anniversary. Before being shut off indefinitely in 2014 due to budget and environmental concerns, it pumped water into the North Saskatchewan River at a stunning 50,000 litres per minute.
  • - Elk Island National Park has the second-highest density of hoofed mammals (bison, moose, deer, and elk) in the world, just behind the Serengeti Plains of Africa.