Jan. 11, 2013, Saskatoon, SK - The federal government is investing $6.5 million in funding for 38 crop-related research projects.
Crop-related projects receiving funding include:
- Improved weed management
- Improved yields for wheat
- Genetic mapping of blackleg disease in canola
- Disease resistance in cereals and pulses
- Improvements in the nutritional value of oats
- New technologies to assess sprout damage in wheat
- Herbicide tolerance in mustard varieties
- Addressing genetic and disease obstacles to canary seed production
- Methods to control and eradicate clubroot in Saskatchewan canola
Funding for these projects is provided from the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and is part a record $20.4 million provincial agriculture research budget in 2012-13, which is an increase of over 50 per cent since 2007. More than $57 million in research project funding has been provided through ADF since 2007.
This ADF project funding will help to leverage additional third party funding of more than $3 million from organizations such as the Western Grain Research Foundation, the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, the Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission and the Canaryseed Development Commission of Saskatchewan.