Minogue: Crops research focused on Prairie competitiveness


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Researchers are co-operating to create a brighter future for Prairie agriculture.

Agronomists and scientists from Saskatchewan Agriculture, the Wheatland Conservation Area, the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF), the Canola Council of Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada?s (AAFC?s) Semi-Arid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC) came together here July 12 to showcase their in-field research work.

Several long-term projects are underway that are expected to help Prairie farmers keep their competitive edge in the short term and the long term.

IHARF manager Chris Holzapfel demonstrated a multi-site research project designed to determine which hybrid canola types are best suited to straight combining. This work could save many canola growers from having to swath ? lowering machinery and field costs and saving time.

AAFC durum wheat researcher Danny Singh explained the wheat breeding program in place at SPARC. They have already registered the first solid stem durum in Canada, currently known as DT818. This variety has been bred to be sawfly-resistant.

"We?re excited to see if that helps some of the people who have wheat stem sawfly," Singh says.

Midge-resistant durum is in the final year of testing, and could be commercially available in three to four years.

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