Governments invest $7 million in crop research

Matt Gardner
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The federal and provincial governments have announced $7 million in new funding for 46 crop-related research projects.

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The investment aims to improve yields and disease control for Saskatchewan farmers and includes research funding for cereals, oilseeds, pulses and bees.

“This year’s record-breaking harvest demonstrates the benefits of investments in research and innovation,” Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart said.

“We couldn’t have produced a crop like this, even with the conditions we had this year, only just a few years earlier.”

He noted that the Saskatchewan Party has increased research funding by more than 104 per cent since coming to power in 2007.

Projects that will receive funding in 2014 cover a wide variety of areas.

They include research into weed control practices, the performance of direct-cut harvest systems in canola, improving nitrogen fixation of peas and disease resistance in wheat, learning how soybean residue contributes to nutrition and yield in cereal crops the following year, identifying new mustard varieties with greater yields, honey bee health and the management of Varroa mites as well as the use of lentil bran as a food ingredient.

This year’s record-breaking harvest demonstrates the benefits of investments in research and innovation. Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart

“Prince Albert area would be particularly interested in research that pertains to canola, wheat, peas, I would think -- possibly flax,” Stewart said.

“There are a number of projects out of the 46 that would affect those particular crops, as well as bees -- there are some bees in the Prince Albert area. So those would be the research projects that would be of particular interest to producers around P.A.”

The funding comes from the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund and is part of a record $27.7 million agriculture research budget for 2013-14.

Among the ways farmers can view research results are online or at government offices throughout the province.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Party, Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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