One of the things Parkland College is known for, of course, is agricultural education. But the school also engages in research and July 29 they will show it off.
“This year we have about 12 different projects at two locations,” said Gwen Machnee, University and Applied Research Coordinator at Parkland College. “There will be tours to the research projects located at the research farm on York Lake Road and at a site adjacent to Skinner’s Garden Centre.”
The tour will kick off at the Crops of the Parkland tourist attraction at the Tourism Yorkton Information Centre on Hwy 9 at 10 a.m. and run until approximately 2 p.m. This year, the college has partnered with Tourism Yorkton and the East Central Research Foundation on the demonstration site.
Parkland College research scientist and instructor Mike Hall and agronomist Thom Weir sourced all of the seed, mostly by donation from local seed companies.
“Visitors are able to walk around the site, look at the various crops growing, and contrast the effects of fertilizer, seed treatment, and herbicides on treated and untreated plots,” said Machnee.
Signs providing basic information are posted at each set of plots. The college is also planning on adding QR codes so visitors can scan the signs and be taken to a website for more detailed information.
During the July 29 tour, farmers and agricultural industry representatives will get to see research being conducted on soybean varieties by seeding date, canaryseed fertility, oat varieties by nitrogen rate, wheat and canola with Environmentally Smart Nitrogen technology, wheat fungicide timing, and cereal forage.
A barbecue lunch will be provided at the Tourism Yorkton site.
For those unable to attend the tour, guided tours with Parkland College’s summer student, Ashley Zelinski, can be arranged.