J. Blair English B. Sc. Ag., Certified Arborist

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Agronomy and Agroforestry Specialist

As a member of the Environmental Health Agro-ecosystem Team located at Brandon Research and Development Centre I am involved in the following areas of work:

  • Agroforestry practices and production systems on the agricultural landscape

  • Willow biomass production systems

  • Research relating to the riparian function of willow biomass production systems and the effects on surface water quality and nutrient movement on the agricultural landscape

  • Soil conservation and management

  • Living Labratory project work in the areas of soil, water (quality and quantity) and biodiversity and wildlife habitat capacity (pollinators)

  • Alley-cropping productrion systems

Current research and/or projects

- Lake Winnipeg Agro-ecosystem Resilience - Proposal ID #3024

- Living Laboratories Prairie Region - involved in three components; Soil, Water and Pollinator (wildlife habitat capacity) 

- Willow Buffer/ Biomass

Research and/or project statements

- contributed to the development of Willow Buffer use guidelines in Prince Edward Island

- in the final year of research to identify the optimal intra-row planting guideline recommendations for willow buffer plantings in the prairies

- alley-cropping research

- research relating to the role and function of field edges

Professional activities / interests

- Collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States National Agroforestry Center on various Agroforestry related areas; Alley-cropping Systems, Windbreak Yield Study and Agroforestry Buffers

Education and awards

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - University of Manitoba - 1990

Certificate in Arboriculture - University of Manitoba - 2018

International experience and/or work

- Oral presentation of willow biomass production systems at the North American Agroforestry Conference at Viginia Tech, Blacksburg, Viginia, USA

- past collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture, United States National Agroforestry Center and United States National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Key publications

  1. Satchithanantham, S., English, B., Wilson, H. (2019). Seasonality of phosphorus and nitrate retention in riparian buffers. Journal of Environmental Quality, [online] 48(4), 915-920. http://dx.doi.org/10.2134/jeq2018.07.0280

    2019 - View publication details

Research facility

2701 Grand Valley Road, P.O. Box 1000A
Brandon, MB R7A 5Y3