January 10, 2024 By Top Crop Manager
The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) committed more than $1.8 million to 17 research projects funded through the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) in 2023. David Marit, Minister of Agriculture, announced the funding of all crop-related ADF projects prior to the SaskOats AGM Jan. 10.
“The ADF funding process allows producers to be involved in important research that will build long-term, sustainable growth for the industry,” says Sask Wheat chair Jake Leguee. “We are pleased to partner with the Government of Saskatchewan and collaborate with other ADF co-funders to invest in new opportunities for wheat producers and strengthen the future of Canadian agriculture.”
Projects funded by Sask Wheat through the ADF funding process in 2023 included a project identifying newly emerging and masked mycotoxins in cereal grains, harnessing the power of AI and computer vision to detect sprout damage, and enhancing wheat resistance to wheat midge by protecting the Sm1 gene.
Sask Wheat has committed just under $19 million to projects funded through the ADF process since 2014. This research falls into the areas of variety development, production and post-production.
The ADF is supported through the federal-provincial Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a five-year, $485-million investment by federal and provincial governments in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.