$8.8 million has been committed to a Western Canadian research project aims to help wheat breeders select important agronomic traits more efficiently. The Alberta Wheat Commission, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Western Grains Research Foundation announced Thursday they are contributing a combined $3.6 million over four years to the Saskatchewan-based research. Titled “Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics” (CTAG2),… Read More

What crop and seed mixes could farmers plant to make their farms more bee-friendly? That’s a question Bayer CropScience and Pollinator Partnership are trying to answer with a study aiming to give farmers recommendations on what they can do to improve bee habitat on their farms. Vicki Wojcik, research director for Pollinator Partnership, a non-profit… Read More

Alberta wheat growers are contributing nearly $1 million to 13 wheat-related research projects across Western Canada over the next five years. A total of $970,000 in research funding was announced by the Alberta Wheat Commission in Calgary yesterday. “Investing in research is one of our key priorities as it ensures farmers have consistent access to… Read More

Preliminary research conducted in southern Manitoba is casting some doubt on the common belief that dark, tilled soil is best for planting soybeans in northern growing regions. Greg Bartley, a graduate student working together with Dr. Yvonne Lawley at the University of Manitoba, is in his second year of comparing how soybeans respond when planted into different… Read More

The federal agriculture minister joined the chairs of Genome Canada and the Western Grains Research Foundation in Saskatoon on Tuesday to announce a total of $93 million in funding for 11 agriculture and aquaculture genomics research projects. $30.8 million is coming from the federal government through Genome Canada, with $5 million from WGRF. The balance… Read More

DuPont Pioneer held a grand opening for the company’s new corn hybrid research centre near Lethbridge, Alberta on Wednesday. The 22,500 sq. foot facility is part of the company’s larger five-year, $35 million investment in research and development in Western Canada. As DuPont Pioneer Canada president Bryce Eger explains in the video below, the company… Read More

French farmer co-operative Limagrain is looking to build its presence in the Canadian cereal seed industry following the announcement last week of an alliance between the fourth largest seed company in the world and Winnipeg-based Canterra Seeds. Limagrain and Canterra are partnering in a joint venture breeding company known as Limagrain Cereals Research Canada. Limagrain is also investing in… Read More

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has introduced a new award to recognize outstanding researchers and their contribution to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian beef industry. The Canadian Beef Industry Award for Outstanding Research and Innovation will honour scientists and academics that are actively involved in strong research programs aligned with industry priorities,… Read More