Manitoba 4R Day at Innovation Farms

Manitoba 4R Day takes place at Innovation Farms, August 9, 2023

weather station installation

EMILI is opening Innovation Farms for a day of field tours and demonstrations to showcase 4R practices. We are hosting Manitoba 4R Day in collaboration with Manitoba Agriculture, the University of Manitoba, Canola Council of Canada, Fertilizer Canada, Enns Brothers, and 4R Nutrient Stewardship.

The event will include stations that demonstrate new technologies and address solutions to today’s challenges. The event will feature an innovation farmers market that will provide attendees with the opportunity to learn more about start-ups in the space.

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4R Demonstration Stations

8:45 am - 2:30 pm

Utilizing 4Rs to reduce on farm nitrous oxide emissions in canola based rotations
Dr. Mario Tenuta (University of Manitoba), and Fertilizer Canada.

Extension with a leaky nitrogen cycle
John Heard and Mitchell Timmerman (Manitoba Agriculture) and Steve Barron (Fertilizer Canada).

Finding the perfect nitrogen blend
David Ives (Enns Brothers Ltd)

Implementing 4R nutrient management in canola using enhanced efficiency fertilizers
Chris Manchur (Canola Council of Canada)

Platforms guiding 4R management decisions at Innovation Farms Powered by AgExpert
Danielle Bérard (Innovation Farms), and Laurier Poirier (FCC AgExpert). 

Innovation Farmers Market Stations

1:30 - 2:30 pm

FCC AgExpert
Laurier Poirier

AgExpert Field and Accounting software provides valuable insights as part of our testing, research, and technology development. AgExpert simplifies the entire process of record keeping from field to finance - giving farmers the information they need to make the best business decisions.


Enns Brothers Ltd.
Conner Rex

The JD DB60 planter will be on display showcasing Auto-Path – Implement Guidance Seed Placement; Turn Automation; IRHD (Individual Row Hydraulic Downforce) Electric Drive; and Section Control.


Koch Fertilizer
Myles Robinson

SUPERU® Premium Fertilizer 46-0-0 guards nitrogen from volatilization, denitrification and leaching. With the highest concentration of nitrogen available in a uniformly-integrated, stabilized, urea-based granule CENTURO™ nitrogen stabilizer: next-generation nitrification inhibitor for anhydrous ammonia.


Metos Canada
Guy Ash

IoT wireless sensors and devices for applications that include: remote field monitoring, weather monitoring and forecasting, water management, disease modeling, insect monitoring and nutrition management.


ATP Nutrition
Simranjit Sign

NutriScan is a game changing diagnostic technology that gives you access to real time, in-field monitoring of your soils nutrient status. This hand-held tool gives you the complete assessment of the nutrient status of your soil in a matter of minutes


Manitoba Agriculture
Mitchell Timmerman

4R Nutrient Stewardship offers a framework for understanding how nutrients behave in the environment and how fertilizers can be managed to optimize their use in agriculture. The Amazing Rain and Snow Show connects these concepts by simulating the fate of water, and what’s in it, at the scale of small-group learning. Come learn….and no need to bring an umbrella.


Tammy Jones 

Corteva will be showcasing eNtrench NXTGEN™ Nitrogen stabilizers slow the conversion of ammonium to nitrates, reducing leaching and denitrification.

About 4R Nutrient Stewardship

4R Nutrient Stewardship is an internationally recognized program that advocates for responsible and effective management of nutrient resources. The 4R Principles are described by Fertilizer Canada as:

  • Right Source: Select the correct source of nutrient for your soil with a balanced supply of essential  nutrients.
  • Right Rate: Consider the availability of nutrients from all sources (such as manure, fertilizers and atmospheric nitrogen). Perform annual soil testing and apply nutrients with consideration of  nutrients already in the soil.
  • Right Time: Carry out nutrient management planning on an annual basis to assess conditions and make good decisions such as avoiding fertilizer or manure application on snow or frozen soils.
  • Right Place: Respect recommended setback distances for nutrient application near waterways. Place nutrients below the soil surface where they can be taken up by growing roots when needed.

Learn more about Innovation Farms

Watch Fertilizer Canada's 2022 Summer Tour

Thank you to our partners

Manitoba 4R Day is sponsored by EMILI, 4R Nutrient Stewardship, Canola Council of Canada, Fertilizer Canada, Farm Credit Canada, Rutherford Farms, Enns Brothers, the University of Manitoba, and the Province of Manitoba.

Working together, we can increase the integration of intelligent technologies, empower people with digital skills, support start-ups to grow in the prairies, and accelerate Canada's growth as a leader in digital agriculture. Email to learn about ongoing projects and partnership opportunities.