Top Crop Summit – Day 2
February 24, 2021 at
The myriad benefits of crop rotation and diversification
Speakers: Steve Larocque and Dr. Craig Drury
Steve Larocque, Beyond Agronomy
Steve is an independent crop advisor based out of Three Hills, Alta. As 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. He is a first-generation grain farmer and runs a no-till, controlled traffic and fencerow farming system. He’s run a 9M CTF system since 2010 and plants canola, wheat, barley, peas, lentils and faba beans in rotation. He is a 2007 Canadian Nuffield Scholar and international speaker.
Dr. Craig Drury, Harrow Research & Development Centre Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Dr. Craig Drury is a soil biochemist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada. He obtained both his BSc and MSc from McGill University and his PhD in soil science from the University of Guelph. Dr. Drury’s research focuses on developing methods to reduce N losses from ammonia volatilization, nitrous oxide emissions and nitrate leaching while enhancing nutrient uptake and crop yields. Dr. Drury is the Canadian lead for the soil nitrogen agri-environmental indicators. He was appointed as the Canadian representative on the Croplands Research Group under the Global Research Alliance (GRA) committee and he leads the conservation agriculture network.
Dr. Drury has served as editor of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science and he is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal and as an Editorial Advisory Board member for the journal Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment. Dr. Drury is a past-president of the Canadian Society of Soil Science and he was recognized as a Fellow in the Canadian Society of Soil Science. Dr. Drury has published 227 peer-reviewed papers and has authored/co-authored 19 book chapters.