Ontario Bean Growers contributes $660,000 to support weed management research

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Ontario Bean Growers (OBG) will contribute $660,000 towards an industry investment of $2 million in the Weed Management Professorship position based at the Ridgetown campus of the University of Guelph.

“With the retirement of Dr. Peter Sikkema in 2024 this funding will not only ensure weed research continues for dry beans but will also support the Huron Research Station for the next 10 years” says Dave Woods, chair of Ontario Bean Growers.

Ontario’s nearly 1000 dry bean farmers produce a combined average of more than 100,000 acres of kidney, white pea, black turtle, romano and adzuki beans, with up to 90 per cent of the crop exported to international markets.

Over the last year, three researchers at the University of Guelph have retired. OBG says this funding commitment will ensure research momentum continues.

Although this funding is tied to the Weed Management Professorship, the investment will ensure bean breeding, disease, and agronomy research continue as well, says OBG.

The Huron Research Station, near Exeter, will also see a re-investment by the University of Guelph as they recognize the importance OBG places on this research station. OBG’s mission statement is “to advance the production and consumption of dry beans through research, promotions, advocacy, and communication, on behalf of Ontario’s dry bean growers.”

 

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