McConkey, Brian G., Ph.D.

Research Scientist – Agriculture-environment interactions

Contact Information:

1 Airport Road
Post Office Box 1030
Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 3X2
Telephone: 306-770-4498
Fax: 306-770-4411
Email: brian.mcconkey@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sustainability metrics
  • Soil quality
  • Soil organic matter
  • Greenhouse gas emissions/removals, Greenhouse gas inventories
  • Impacts of agriculture on water use and quality
  • Cropping systems behaviour and impacts
  • Conservation tillage
  • Soil erosion
  • Sustainable production of feedstock for the bioeconomy

Current Projects:

  • Sustainability metrics
  • Diversifying organic cropping options for the Brown soils through intercropping
  • Influence of allelopathic cover crops and their residues on soil quality and the growth and spread of perennial thistles and other weeds in the semi-arid Brown soil zone of western Canada
  • Impacts of reduced tillage and diversified cropping sequences under organic management in the semi-arid Brown Soil Zone
  • Resilience to climatic extremes
  • Tillage and water erosion interactionsAssessing and minimizing nutrient loss from Saskatchewan cropland and pastures
  • Measuring and assessing Canadian rangeland and other agricultural best management practices with the enhanced whole-farm model Holos
  • New digital approaches of soil and agricultural land use data development and integration: Canadian land productivity modelling case
  • Enhance the sustainability of rainfed field crop and forage production by quantifying and modelling

Research publications

2018

2017

2016

  • Cerkowniak, D.D., McConkey, B.G., Smith, W.N., and Bentham, M.J. (2016). "Soil Organic Matter.", in Clearwater, R.L., Martin, T. and Hoppe, T. (eds.) - Environmental sustainability of Canadian agriculture: Agri-environmental indicator report series -- Report #4, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Chapter 9, pp. 90-100.
  • Fan, J., McConkey, B.G., Wang, H., and Janzen, H.H. (2016). "Root distribution by depth for temperate agricultural crops.", Field Crops Research, 189, pp. 68-74. doi : 10.1016/j.fcr.2016.02.013
  • Guest G, Smith W, Grant B, VanderZaag A, Desjardins R, McConkey B. 2017. A comparative life cycle assessment highlighting the trade-offs of a liquid manure separator-composter in a Canadian dairy farm. Journal of Cleaner Production 143:824-835.
  • Lobb, D.A., Li, S., and McConkey, B.G. (2016). "Soil Erosion.", in Clearwater, R.L., Martin, T. and Hoppe, T. (eds.) - Environmental sustainability of Canadian agriculture: Agri-environmental indicator report series -- Report #4, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Chapter 8, pp. 77-89.
  • Worth, D.E., Desjardins, R.L., MacDonald, D., Cerkowniak, D.D., McConkey, B.G., Dyer, J.A., and Vergé, X.P.C. (2016). "Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.", in Clearwater, R.L., Martin, T. and Hoppe, T. (eds.) - Environmental sustainability of Canadian agriculture: Agri-environmental indicator report series -- Report #4, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Chapter 15, pp. 169-179.

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other science related publications

2017

  • Budong Qian, Xuebin Zhang, Qi Jing, Alex Cannon, Denise Neilsen, Guilong Li, Brian McConkey, Barrie Bonsal. 2017. Canola production in Canada facing climate change. Oral Presentation. International Congress of Biometeorology 2017, Durham, UK. September 03-07, 2017.

2015

  • Goglio, P., Smith, W.N., Grant, B.B., Desjardins, R.L., Gao, X., Hanis, K., Tenuta, M., Campbell, C.A., McConkey, B.G., and Nemecek, T. (2015). "Methods to quantify GHG emissions to assess sustainability of cropping systems: a LCA perspective.", Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain, November 1-4, 2015.
  • Li, S., Lobb, D.A., McConkey, B.G., and Xing, Z.S. (2015). "Landscape-based assessment of total soil erosion risk on agricultural fields in Canada.", 20th International Soil and Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) Conference, Nanjing, China, September 14-18, 2015.
  • Martel, M., Kröbel, R., Hrapovic, L., Janzen, H.H., McConkey, B.G., Glenn, A.J., and Wilson, H.F. (2015). "A Canadian water budget model for water footprint assessment of crop production.", Canadian Soil Science Society (IUSS-CSSS-AQSSS) Conference, Montreal, QC, Canada, July 5-10, 2015. (Poster)
  • McConkey, B.G. and Cerkowniak, D.D. (2015). "Building carbon to improve plants, soils, and air.", Prairie Steward Newsletter, 67.

2014

  • Haak, D., Martin, T., McConkey, B.G., and Hoppe, T. (2014). "Adoption Trends of Environmentally Sustainable Practices on Canadian Farms.", 6th World Congress on Sustainable Agriculture, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 22-25 June, 2014, http://www.ctic.org/WCCA/Proceedings/Abstracts/ (Summary). (Abstract)
  • Iwaasa, A.D., Baron, V.S., Lemke, R.L., Wang, H., Kröbel, R., Schellenberg, M.P., and McConkey, B.G. (2014). "AGGP Cropping System-Grassland Research and Extension: Semiarid Ecoregion.", AGGP cropping system – grassland research and extension: Semiarid Ecoregion, AAFC-Saskatoon, Saskatoon, Canada, March 20, 2014.
  • McConkey, B.G., Martin, T.J., Huffman, E.C., Cerkowniak, D.D., Desjardins, R.L., Worth, D.E., and Liang, C. (2014). "Canada's Agricultural GHG Inventory Methods and Issues with their Application at the Entity and Commodity Levels.", 7th Forestry and Agriculture Greenhouse Gas Modeling Forum, National Conservation Training Centre, Shepherstown, WV, USA, June 1-4, 2014.
  • McConkey, B.G., Smith, S., Vergé, X.P.C., Desjardins, R.L., MacGregor, B., Worth, D.E., Liu, T.T., Cerkowniak, D.D., and Huffman, E.C. (2014). "Experience using 2006 GL AFOLU methods for estimating mitigation potential for agriculture and carbon footprint of primary agricultural products.", IPCC expert meeting on application of greenhouse gas methodology for purposes other than inventory reporting, Sophia, Bulgaria, July 1-4, 2014.
  • Shrestha, B.M, Desjardins, R.L., McConkey, B.G., Worth, D.E., Dyer, J.A., and Cerkowniak, D.D. (2014). "Corrigendum to "Change in carbon footprint of canola production in the Canadian Prairies from 1986 to 2006" [Renew Energy 63 (2014) 634-641].", Renewable Energy, 68, pp. 906.

2013

  • Cade-Menun, B.J., McConkey, B.G., Iwaasa, A.D., and Lardner, H.A. (2013). "The effect of in-field winter bale grazing on soil nutrients in pastures in Saskatchewan.", ASA/CSSA/SSSA International annual meeting, Tampa, Florida, USA, November 3-6, 2013.
  • Desjardins, R.L., Worth, D.E., Vergé, X.P.C., Maxime, D., Dyer, J.A., McConkey, B.G., and VanderZaag, A.C. (2013). "A decision tool to evaluate greenhouse gas mitigation policies for the agriculture sector.", Greenhouse Gases & Animal Agriculture (GGAA) Conference, Dublin, Ireland, June 24, 2013.

2012

  • Huffman, E.C., Green, M., McConkey, B.G., Liu, T., Liu, J., and Brierley, J.A. (2012). "Room to Grow? The Implications of Growing the Bioeconomy on Land Use in Canada.", Growing the Bioeconomy: Social, Environmental and Economic Implications, Banff, AB, Canada, October 2-5, 2012.
  • Liu, T., McConkey, B.G., Kulshreshtha, S., Huffman, E.C., Green, M., Liu, J., Du, Y., and Shang, J. (2012). "Bioenergy production potential on marginal land in Canada.", 1st International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics, Shanghai, China, August 2-4, 2012, doi: 10.1109/Agro-Geoinformatics.2012.6311729.
  • Newlands, N.K., Clark, G.O., Sun, Y.-C., and McConkey, B.G. (2012). "An integrated assessment model for exploring potential impacts of global change scenarios on the Canadian agricultural system.", Planet Under Pressure 2012 Conference: New Knowledge Towards Solutions, Excel, London, UK, March 26-29, 2012.
  • Newlands, N.K., McConkey, B.G., Townley-Smith, L., Liu, T., and Huffman, E.C. (2012). "Exploring optimal configurations of regional biorefinery systems under changes in feedstock distribution and supply logistics: implications for biomass supply from marginal land.", Growing the Bioeconomy: Social, Environmental and Economic Implications, Banff, AB, Canada, October 2-5, 2012. (Poster)

2011

  • Cade-Menun, B.J., McConkey, B.G., Iwaasa, A.D., and Lardner, H.A. (2011). "Cattle winter bale-grazing in SW Saskatchewan: the SPARC research project.", Extensive cattle wintering systems workshop, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, February 8-9, 2011. (Workshop)
  • Cade-Menun, B.J., McConkey, B.G., Iwaasa, A.D., and Lardner, H.A. (2011). "Nutrient loss in snowmelt runoff from cattle winter bale-grazing in SW Saskatchewan.", 2011 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Fundamental for life: soil, crop and environmental sciences, San Antonio, TX, USA, October 16-19, 2011.
  • Chang, K.-H., Warland, J.S., Bartlett, P., Voroney, P.R., Huffman, E.C., McConkey, B.G., and Desjardins, R.L. (2011). "Accounting carbon and GHGs in agriculture and forest ecosystems using process-based models.", 2011 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Fundamental for life: soil, crop and environmental sciences, San Antonio, TX, USA, October 16-19, 2011.
  • Kulshreshtha, S.N., Dyer, J.A., and McConkey, B.G. (2011). "Dryland crop production and greenhouse gas emissions in Canada: A regional comparison.", 1st International Conference on Food and Environment, New Forest, UK, June 21-23, 2011, (152), pp. 25-36.
  • Liu, T.T., McConkey, B.G., Smith, S., McGregor, B., Huffman, E.C., Kulshreshtha, S.N., and Wang, H. (2011). "Potential Renewable Bioenergy Production from Canadian Agriculture.", World Renewable Energy Congress, Linköping, Sweden, May 8-13, 2011, Published in: Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, Article #027, pp. 2485-2492.
  • Smith, W.N., Grant, B.B., Campbell, C.A., McConkey, B.G., Desjardins, R.L., Kröbel, R., and Malhi, S.S. (2011). "Analysis and inter-model comparisons of crop residue removal effects on soil carbon.", 2011 ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meeting: Fundamental for life: soil, crop and environmental sciences, San Antonio, TX, USA, October 16-19, 2011. (Poster)
  • Smith, W.N., Grant, B.B., Desjardins, R.L., Qian, B., and McConkey, B.G. (2011). "Potential agricultural cropping strategies to adapt to climate variability and climate change in Canada.", International Conference on Current Knowledge of Climate Change Impacts on Agriculture and Forestry in Europe, Zámok Topoľčianky, Topoľčianky, Slovakia, May 3-6, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Sun, Y.-C., Newlands, N.K., Clark, G.O., and McConkey, B.G. (2011). "An integrated assessment model for exploring potential impacts of global change scenarios on the Canadian agricultural system.", Climate Change and the Implications for Plant Science: Symposium and Workshop, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, June 7-9, 2011, P1.155. (Poster)
  • Wang, H., He, Y., Qian, B., McConkey, B.G., Cutforth, H.W., McCaig, T.N., McLeod, G.J., Zentner, R.P., Campbell, C.A., DePauw, R.M., Lemke, R.L., Brandt, K., Liu, T.T., Qin, X., Hoogenboom, G., White, J., and Hunt, T. (2011). "Impact of Climate Change on Dual-Purpose Wheat Production in Western Canada.", World Renewable Energy Congress, Linköping, Sweden, May 8-13, 2011.

2010

  • Huffman, E.C., McConkey, B.G., Brierley, J.A., Coote, D., and Green, M. (2010). "Twenty-Five Years of Changes in the Use and Management of Canadian Grassland Soils (Mollisols), and the Impact on the Risk of Soil Degradation.", International Symposium on Soil Quality and Management of World Mollisols (ISSQMWM ’2010), Harbin, China, July 13-16, 2010. (Presentation)
  • Iwaasa, A.D., Buckley, K.E., Baron, V.S., Wang, H., McConkey, B.G., and others (2010 Internal). Grassland/beef management impacts on greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions in prairie ecosystems. Annual Research Project Progress Report., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC). (Report)
  • McConkey, B.G. (2010). "Foundations for Growth - The Role of Researchers and AAFC Research Stations.", in Lindwall, C.W. and Sonntag, B. (eds.) - Landscapes Transformed: The History of Conservation Tillage and Direct Seeding, Knowledge Impact in Society, Canada, Chapter 3, pp. 25-36.
  • McConkey, B.G., Cerkowniak, D.D., Smith, W.N., and Desjardins, R.L. (2010). "Soil organic carbon as a measure of sustainable crop production.", 8th Canadian Pulse Research Workshop, Calgary, AB, Canada, November 3-5, 2010.

2009

  • Cade-Menun, B.J., McConkey, B.G., Iwaasa, A.D., and Lardner, B. (2009). "Nutrient concentrations and forms in runoff from cattle winter bale-grazing sites.", Great Lakes Phosphorus Forum with SERA-17 Annual Meeting, Hilton Hotel and St. Clair Centre, Windsor, ON, Canada, July 28-31, 2009. (Poster)
  • Cade-Menun, B.J., McConkey, B.G., Iwaasa, A.D., and Lardner, B. (2009). "Nutrient concentrations and forms in runoff from cattle winter bale-grazing sites.", Joint Annual Meeting of the CSA-CSSS-CSAFM, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, August 5-7, 2009. (Presentation)
  • Huffman, E.C., Saha, B., Smith, S.E., Finlay, G.J., McConkey, B.G., and Mitura, V. (2009). "Farming system information for policy development and environmental assessments.", Farming Systems Design 2009: Methodologies for Integrated Analysis of Farm Production Systems, Portola Hotel, Monterey, CA, USA, August 23-26, 2009, http://www.iemss.org/farmsys09/.
  • Malhi, S.S., Lemke, R.L., Liebig, M.A., McConkey, B.G., Schoenau, J.J., Cihacek, L.J., and Campbell, C.A. (2009). "Management Strategies/Practices for Increasing Storage of Organic C and N in Soil in Cropping Systems in the Northern Great Plains of North America.", Conference on Managing Climate Change (MC2), Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, November 18-20, 2009, PA5b.
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