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Agriculture demonstration projects receive funding

Sept. 28, 2013 - The Saskatchewan and federal governments are contributing more than $600,000 for 63 producer-led agricultural research demonstration projects.

Provided through the Agriculture Demonstration of Practices and Technologies (ADOPT) program, the funding will help accelerate the transfer of new technologies to Saskatchewan's farmers and ranchers. The ADOPT program provides funding to producer groups to evaluate and demonstrate new agricultural practices and technologies at the local level.

The 2013 Saskatchewan Agriculture budget included a record $27.7 million for agricultural research, an increase of more than 104 per cent since 2007. The Saskatchewan Plan for Growth aims to increase crop production by 10 million tonnes, increase agri-food exports by 50 per cent and increase value-added opportunities.

This year's ADOPT projects demonstrate a wide range of innovative projects, including cattle breeding programs, crop protection products, trials of new crop varieties and seeding techniques, among others. Projects receiving funding this year include:

  • Beef cattle breeding programs and beef research school;
  • Cropping systems response to seed treatment, seed size and sowing density;
  • Demonstration of foliar fungicide options for canola;
  • Demonstration of the effect of fungicide application and seeding rate on disease levels in peas and lentils;
  • Evaluation of forage and grazing corn varieties;
  • Fungicide management practices in lentils to provide disease resistance;
  • Harvesting oats and barley as yellowfeed;
  • Forage management practices and techniques;
  • Optimal seeding rate for spring wheat;
  • Optimum timing of weed control in field pea and lentil;
  • Various fertilizer demonstrations; and
  • Straight combining canola.

Since 2009, the federal and provincial governments have provided more than $2.5 million to producers through the ADOPT program.