The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) annouced more than $2.6 million in funding for 22 cutting edge wheat research projects aimed at improved farm profitability through variety development, pathology, agronomy and pre-breeding.
The Government of Canada launches an innovation funding competition, through the Strategic Innovation Fund, for national scale initiatives in automation and digital technology applications in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
The Government of Canada will invest $3.7 million to the Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance (ECODA), announced federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay at the Atlantic Soy processing plant in Belle River, Prince Edward Island.
Published in Business & Policy
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is funding the three projects through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases program, which supports methods to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and development of on-farm technologies to reduce the farming industry’s GHG footprint.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that around 45 million tons of phosphorus fertilizers will be used around the world in 2018. Much will be applied to soils that also received phosphorus fertilizers in past years.
Published in Soil
The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be supporting four diversification centres, according to an announcement made today by Lawrence MacAulay, federal agricultural minister, and Ralph Eichler, Manitoba agricultural minister.
Sometimes you need to take a fresh look to see if the way you’ve done things in the past is still the best way for today’s conditions. Over the past two decades, Manitoba growers have seen changes like rapidly rising soybean acres, increasing problems with herbicide-resistant weeds, and ongoing crop varietal improvements.
Published in Cereals
Several types of plant compounds, such as flavonoids and isoflavonoids, are known to discourage insects from feeding on plants. What are the types and amounts of these compounds in Ontario soybean cultivars?
Published in Insect Pests
Irrigated corn has been a mainstay in southern Alberta, but as corn breeders push the maturity barriers lower, corn has become more appealing to dryland farmers. In order to develop agronomic recommendations specific to dryland corn production, Farming Smarter, an applied research organization at Lethbridge, Alta. conducted a three-year study from 2015 through 2017 to assess the impact of several agronomic factors on corn production.
Published in Corn
An Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researcher has identified a gene that will be key in breeding new soybean cultivars with resistance to Phytophthora sojae, which annually causes up to $50 million in losses in Canada and between $1 billion and $2 billion in losses globally.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership has granted $500,000 for The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) staff and local certified crop advisors to work closely with landowners and plant cover crops within a subwatershed of Medway Creek in southwestern Ontario.
Published in Agronomy
Euphorbia lagascae is an annual Mediterranean plant that naturally produces vernolic oil, a rich source of the common plasticizer vernolic acid, which is used in a range of industrial applications, from paints to PVC to blown polyurethane foam.
Published in Other Crops
Ontario seed corn acreage was down this year, at about 15,000 acres, according to Chris Nanni, administrative manager of the Seed Corn Growers of Ontario.
Published in Weeds
Cultivar resistance is considered the most effective and practical approach for clubroot management on canola. However, almost all of the current cultivars were based on a single clubroot resistance (CR) gene, which can be eroded when the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae changes in virulence.
2018 was a bad year for flea beetles in Manitoba canola, according to John Gavloski, extension entomologist for Manitoba Agriculture.
Being the only flax breeder in Western Canada puts the onus on Helen Booker to target traits that are of keen interest to flax growers, processors and users. Her program is working on a wide range of advances – from stronger disease resistance, greater adaptation to northern conditions, and increased yields, to larger seeds, yellow seed coats and higher alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) levels in the oil.
Canola contributes around $26.7 billion annually to the Canadian economy, according to figures from the Canola Council of Canada. However, most of its value lies in the oil, while canola meal has traditionally been considered a byproduct suitable only for animal feed.
Clubroot continues to be a disease risk to canola crops across Alberta, with more than 2,700 clubroot-infested fields now confirmed, along with a few isolated cases in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Although good clubroot resistant (CR) varieties have been available for about 10 years, there are an increasing number of fields in Alberta where new strains of the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae have overcome the resistance.
Published in Diseases
Increasingly, research is showing that canola root-associated microbiomes can impact crop growth and nutrient uptake. Some of the soil micro-organisms are beneficial to plants that protect them against pathogens, mitigate the impact of abiotic stress, improve plant nutrition or stimulate plant growth by phytohormones.
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