Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar Kelly Block on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced nearly $7 million in funding for 46 crop-related research projects.
Our government is proud to support crop research projects that benefit Saskatchewan farmers through improved yields and disease control,” said Block. “These projects will enable producers to be more productive, competitive, and profitable.”
“This year’s record-breaking Saskatchewan harvest demonstrates the benefit of investments in research and innovation,” Stewart said. “Our record commitment to research is paying off, and the projects receiving funding today will help to ensure Saskatchewan continues to be a leader in agricultural production.”
Projects to receive funding in 2014 include:
•The performance of direct-cut harvest systems in canola;
•Improving nitrogen fixation of peas;
•Improving disease resistance in wheat;
•How residue from soybeans contributes to nutrition and yield in cereal crops the following year;
•Identifying new mustard varieties with improved yields;
•Honey bee health and the management of Varroa mites;
•The use of lentil bran as a food ingredient; and
•Weed control practices.
This funding is from the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) and is part of the record $27.7 million agriculture research budget for 2013-14.
Through ADF, producers benefit from discoveries in disease resistance, weed management, herbicide tolerance, increased yields, new ways to add value to crops and new technologies.
The investment in agriculture research will help the agriculture industry achieve the goals set out in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth, which includes increasing crop production and agri-food exports and establishing Saskatchewan as an international leader in biosciences.
Funding for ADF projects is provided under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. A complete list of funded projects is available at www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/ADF.