Friday April 25, 2014

Ag research program


From left Mike Hall, Parkland College research scientist and instructor;Ian Bodnaryk, Dutch Openers design technologist; Gwen Machnee, Parkland College’s University and Applied Research Coordinator; and Brian Cruson, CEO of Airguard Inc.

Parkland College is pleased to announce the successful completion of a groundbreaking agriculture research project it conducted this summer in association with Dutch Openers agricultural products and Airguard Inc. Using a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, an arm of the federal government, Parkland College conducted numerous trials with East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) at their research farm half a mile south of Yorkton. One of the projects tested the impact of the Airguard Seed Brake on several Dutch Openers. Favourable results were observed when the Airguard seed brakes were used in conjunction with the 1 3/4” - 3/4” Nose Side Band - Dutch Universal Opener.  With this combination of products there was an improvement in seed placement which resulted in improved emergence and greater yield.

It was a successful first summer of operation for the research farm near Yorkton. Researchers also tested new canola varieties from Monsanto, conducted trials on North Star Genetics varieties of shorter-maturity soybeans, and ran demonstrations on grass and legume forages with Saskatchewan Agriculture.

“Our partnership with Parkland College is strong,” ECRF chairman Glenn Blakley said.  “We’re happy to produce these results, which can be used to provide innovative products, ideas, and techniques to local farmers.”

Three Parkland College students participated in the summer project. The research farm is used for teaching purposes and allows students to gain experience in the agribusiness and bioresources industry.

Parkland College and ECRF plan to continue agriculture research trial programs in the Yorkton area for the long term.



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