By Government of Manitoba
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing more than $366,000 in organic grain research at the University of Manitoba through Growing Forward 2.
The funding, provided through the Grain Innovation Hub, will be used to replace field equipment used by the university’s organic research program, including cultivators for grains, corn and beans, a comb-cutter, manure spreader, seeder and tractor.
Governments will also help support two years of organic research at the university, totalling $50,000.
The University of Manitoba is celebrating 25 years of organic research, which began 1992 with Canada’s first study to compare organic and conventional crop production. Since then, researchers have explored many aspects of organic grain agronomy including weed and fertility management, cereal crop breeding for organic production and reduced tillage management.