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Upcoming Event
8th Annual Field Day at the Research Farm

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Come out to the 8th Annual Field Day at the Research Farm!

Hear from Agronomist Daryl Chubb, Soil Scientist Dr Yamily Zavala, and grazing expert Jim Bauer. You can also tour over 700 small plots of perennial and annual forages, biostimulant and seeding rate trials, and intercropping research.

Thursday, August 4th 2 pm -8 pm

At the Fairview Research Farm

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Join us in touring our research plots, and hear from industry experts!


Free to Attend

Register below to guarantee Supper!


2:00 pm

Gates open
Tradeshow, Plot Tours, Speaker Stations

5:30 pm

Supper & Announcements

6:30 pm

Small Plot Harvesting Demo

7:00 pm

Social & Plot Tours

8:00 pm

Gates Close

Meet Our Presenters


Dr Akim Omokanye

Akim Omokanye is currently the Research Coordinator at Peace Country Beef & Forage Association, and has held this position since August 2009.

As a trained systems research agronomist with an interdisciplinary background, Akim loves talking to producers about crop and livestock production practices, production issues and future research project ideas. Producers drive Akim’s research activities and are a fantastic resource in generating research ideas here in the Peace Country River region and for collaborative research overseas.


Akim is also an Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Science since 2012. Akim is also adjunct professor at the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta.


Dr Yamily Zavala

Dr. Yamily Zavala has managed the Chinook Applied Research Association’s crop and soil program for the past seven years and now manages the Soil Health lab. Prior to joining the CARA staff, she was a crop production consultant based out of Ottawa where project work took her to Central and South America as well as points in the south and west of Africa.  Early in her career, Yamily was a Soil Scientist for the National Agricultural Research Foundation at the Táchira State Research Center in Venezuela.

In addition to applied research projects, Yamily manages CARA’s Soil Health Lab (CSHL), the first lab of its kind in Western Canada.  The CSHL focuses on the evaluation of physical and biological soil properties and allows producers the opportunity for hands-on evaluation of their soils.

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Daryl Chubb

Daryl Chubb has alway appreciated his central Saskatchewan farming roots leading to a passion for agriculture, the land and its stewards.

After completing his Bachelor of Science at the University of Saskatchewan, he went on to manage a major crop enterprise business, and most recently, start his own agriculture consulting firm, DeNovo Ag in 2012. He has obtained his Professional Agrologist ( P.Ag) designation while remaining very involved in the ag industry, both personally and professionally through volunteer contributions to a diversity of industry boards and committees.


Currently, DeNovo Ag allows him to work with producers to develop fertility plans, manage crop rotation and related inputs, and manage weeds, disease and insects in an efficient and environmentally responsible manner, finishing with strategic harvest timing.

Jim Bauer

Jim Bauer and wife Barb own and operate Anchor JB Ranch. Jim was a founding member and the first manager of Grey Wooded Forage Association (GWFA) in west central Alberta. The GWFA was formed in 1984 when there was a great deal of interest in new methods of controlling grazing to improve yields, nutrition and the sustainability of pastures. While manager Jim ran many on farm trials in grazing and other forms of forage production. Jim developed a grazing course for the members that covered the principles of grazing management, pasture design and electric fencing. After leaving the GWFA in 1995 Jim was a sought after speaker doing grazing courses and speaking at conferences across western Canada.

Jim was honored to receive the “Forage Achievement Award” at the 1995 Alberta Beef Congress and he and wife
Barb were presented with the Red Angus Commercial Breeders award that same year. Jim went on to run his own grazing school at the ranch for a number of years and also developed a grazing management course for Olds College. In 2010 Jim set up an electric fencing business providing high quality fencing products and advice for producers.

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