Francis J. Larney

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Research Scientist

Soil conservation

Current research and/or projects

Current research projects focus on soil health, soil erosion and productivity, soil reclamation, beef feedlot manure management, organic amendments, and dryland and irrigated cropping systems.

Research and/or project statements

1. Integrating multiple beneficial management practices (BMPs) in organic cropping systems: Soil health, weed and insect interactions.

2. Assessment of occurrence of synthetic hormones (melengestrol acetate & trenbolone acetate) and beta agonist (ractopamine) in cattle operations and associated environments.

3. Optimizing agroecosystems resiliency – Systems productivity, resilience and sustainability in the major Canadian ecozones.

4. Use of legume crops to enhance N use efficiency, carbon sequestration, soil health and soil biodiversity in three ecoregions chosen to represent the different climatic conditions of Canada.

5. Resilient crop-livestock systems – Unravelling C and N stabilization and restitution mechanisms in manured soils.

Professional activities / interests

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, 1995-2004

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Soil Science, University of Manitoba, 2010-16

Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Lethbridge, 2015-18

Education and awards

B.Agr.Sc., General Agriculture, The National University of Ireland (University College Dublin), 1979

M.Agr.Sc., Soil Science, The National University of Ireland (University College Dublin), 1981

Ph.D., Soil Science, The National University of Ireland (University College Dublin), 1985

Fellow Award, Canadian Society of Soil Science, 2010

Fellow Award, Soil Science Society of America, 2012

Canadian Society of Agronomy, Best Paper Award, Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 2017

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 2017

Canadian Society for Horticultural Science, Best Paper Award, Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 2018

International experience and/or work

Visiting Scientist, Dept. of Land & Water Conservation, Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia, 1997-98

Key publications

  1. Miller, J.J., Beasley, B.W., Drury, C.F., Larney, F.J., Hao, X., Chanasyk, D.S. (2017). Influence of long-term application of feedlot amendments to cropland on ground elevation, Ah horizon depth, and soil color, 97(2), 109-121.

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  2. Larney, F.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., Lupwayi, N.Z. (2017). Soil changes over 12 yr of conventional vs. conservation management on irrigated rotations in Southern Alberta, 97(2), 249-265.

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  3. Stoeckli, J., Thomas, B.W., Hao, X., Larney, F.J., Chantigny, M.H., and Goyer, C. (2016). "Water-extractable organic C, ammonium and nitrate dynamics over two non-growing seasons in response to cover crop species and fertilizer source.", 2016 Alberta Soil Science Workshop, Grand Prairies, AB, Canada, February 16-18, 2016. (Abstract)

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  4. Yanni, S.F., Janzen, H.H., Gregorich, E.G., Ellert, B.H., Larney, F.J., Olson, B.M., Zvomuya, F. (2016). Organic carbon convergence in diverse soils toward steady state: A 21-year field bioassay, 80(6), 1653-1662.

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  5. Larney, F.J., Nitschelm, J.J., Regitnig, P.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E. and Lupwayi, N.Z. 2016. Sugar beet response to rotation and soil management in a 12-year irrigated study in southern Alberta. Can. J. Plant Sci. 96: 776–789.

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  6. Khakbazan, M., Larney, F.J., Huang, J., Dilay, D., Mohr, R., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E. (2016). Economic Comparison of Conventional and Conservation Management Practices for Irrigated Potato Production in Southern Alberta, 93(5), 448-462.

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  7. Larney, F.J., Li, L., Janzen, H.H., Angers, D.A. and Olson, B.M. 2016. Soil quality attributes, soil resilience and legacy effects following topsoil removal and one-time amendments. Can. J. Soil Sci. 96: 177–190.

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  8. Smith, E.G., Janzen, H.H., Scherloski, L., Larney, F.J., Ellert, B.H. (2016). Long-term (47 yr) effects of tillage and frequency of summerfallow on soil organic carbon in a Dark Brown Chernozem soil in western Canada, 96(4), 347-350.

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  9. Sura, S., Degenhardt, D., Cessna, A.J., Larney, F.J., Olson, A.F. and McAllister, T.A. 2016. Transport of three antimicrobials in runoff from windrows of composting beef cattle manure. J. Environ. Qual. 45: 494–502.

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  10. Amarakoon, I.D., Sura, S., Zvomuya, F., Cessna, A.J., Larney, F.J., and McAllister, T.A. 2016. Dissipation of antimicrobials in a seasonally-frozen soil following beef cattle manure application. J. Environ. Qual. 45: 1644–1651.

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  11. Amarakoon, I.D., Zvomuya, F., Sura, S., Larney, F.J., Cessna. A.J., Xu, S. and McAllister, T.A. 2016. Dissipation of antimicrobials in feedlot manure compost after oral administration versus fortification after excretion. J. Environ. Qual. 45: 503–510.

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  12. Larney, F.J., Pearson, D.C., Blackshaw, R.E., Lupwayi, N.Z., Lynch, D.R. (2016). Conservation Management Practices and Rotations for Irrigated Processing Potato in Southern Alberta, 93(1), 50-63.

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  13. Miller, J., Beasley, B., Drury, C., Larney, F., Hao, X. (2016). Influence of long-term application of composted or stockpiled feedlot manure with straw or wood chips on soil cation exchange capacity, 24(1), 54-60.

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  14. Xu, S., Sura, S., Zaheer, R., Wang, G., Smith, A., Cook, S., Olson, A.F., Cessna, A.J., Larney, F.J., McAllister, T.A. (2016). Dissipation of antimicrobial resistance determinants in composted and stockpiled beef cattle manure, 45(2), 528-536.

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  15. Tang, X., Hao, X., Xu, S., Larney, F.J. (2016). Residual effects of novel versus traditional organic amendments for rain-fed notill barley: Yield, nutrient uptake, and N2O emissions, 24(4), 219-229.

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  16. McAllister, T.A., Xu, S., Larney, F.J., Reuter, T.R., and Stanford, K. (2015). "A green goodbye to dead stock: Historical linkages of dead stock composting research in Lethbridge over 20 years.", 3rd Annual Biology Graduate Research Symposium, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, January 30, 2015.

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  17. Khakbazan, M., Huang, J., Larney, F.J., Berry, N., and Pearson, D.C. (2015). "Soil quality and profitability effects of conventional and conservation irrigated potato rotation systems in western Canada.", 70th Soil and Water Conservation Society Conference, Greensboro, NC, USA, July 26-29, 2015.

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  18. Hao, X., Larney, F.J., Ellert, B.H., Alexander, T.W., and McAllister, T.A. (2015). "Co-composting cattle feedlot manure with construction and demolition waste.", International Compost Conference, Beijing, China, November 22-25, 2015. (Abstract)

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  19. Chantigny, M.H., Angers, D.A., Rochette, P., Larney, F.J., Bittman, S., Hunt, D.E., and Lapen, D.R. (2015). "Overwinter transformation and fate of fall-applied manure nitrogen. (", Waste to Worth: Spreading Science and Solutions, Seattle, WA, USA, March 31-April 3, 2015, Keynote speaker.

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  20. Khakbazan, M., Larney, F.J., Mohr, R.M., Huang, J., and Berry, N. (2015). "Economics of conventional and sustainable irrigated potato production systems.", Soils and Crops Workshop 2015, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, March 16-17, 2015, Oral presentation.

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