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Canada invests in diverse crop rotation research

May 14, 2024  By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada press release


The federal government is investing more than $5.7 million to the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) through the AgriScience Program – Clusters Component, an initiative under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to promote more diverse crop rotations on farms.

The Cropping Systems Cluster, led by CFCRA, will develop the characteristics and practices to encourage diverse crop rotations for soybean, corn and oat. The research aims to reduce business risk for farmers by developing crops that are resilient to climate change and weather stresses, protect against losses caused by diseases and insects, and are profitable for producers overall. This will be achieved by developing oat varieties with improved traits for Eastern and Western Canada, as well as improving soybean varieties for short-season production environments in Canada.

Research activities will also explore how diverse crop rotations can play a central role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and how better genetics, land management, and fertilizer use can improve nitrogen use efficiency to protect the environment.

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“Research and innovation to improve crop rotations on farms is important to ensure producers can grow the most efficient and sustainable soybean, corn, and oat crops,” said Lloyed Longfield, member of parliament in Guelph, Ont., in a press release. “With this funding to the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance, scientists will be focusing on issues important to farmers here in Guelph and systems that can benefit farmers across Canada.”

“The Cropping Systems Cluster will target soybean, corn and oat, emphasizing disease resistance enhancement, crop variety improvement, and integration of cover crops,” added Wade Hainstock, president of the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance, in the release. “The research outcomes will support diverse crop rotations that can reduce GHG emissions, improve environmental resiliency and grow the economic stability of the Canadian grain sector.”

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