Saskatchewan’s Strategic Field Program (SFP) has received just over $484,000 to be split between six projects which look to provide field-level demonstrations and evaluation of targeted agriculture practices and technologies.
The projects include studying the effect of dugout aeration on greenhouse gas emissions, and the use of virtual fencing on forested pasture (full list is below). Projects will be run by the University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan, South East Research Farm, Judd Street Associates-Crops Consulting Services, Spencer Horticultural Solutions, and the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association.
The funding is through the federal/provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).
“Our government understands the importance of investments in research to not only test best practices in agriculture, but to help discover new ones,” says David Marit, Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister. “The continued success of this industry has helped establish Saskatchewan as a global leader in agricultural production and expertise, and is driving us toward the economic targets we’ve set for our future growth.”
The six projects that were approved for funding in 2022 include:
- University of Regina ($90,418) – dugout aeration for greenhouse gas emission reductions and improved water quality.
- University of Saskatchewan ($158,660) – development of an agronomic guide, a return on investment model and propagation protocols for hazelnut grown under irrigation in Saskatchewan.
- South East Research Farm ($50,800) – demonstrating the efficacy of control products for Lygus species in flax.
- Judd Street Associates – Crops Consulting Services ($15,000) – impact of broflanilide-based seed treatments applied to cereal crops on wireworm populations.
- Spencer Horticulture Solutions ($121,900) – evaluation of cutting and burning protocols for rejuvenation of overgrown Saskatoon berry orchards.
- Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association ($48,000) – evaluating the use of electronic virtual fencing on forested pasture.