Field Research and Crop Extension Are Top Priority For SaskCanola

Saskatchewan farmers continue to do their jobs even in the most perilous of times. For many, 2019 was the most difficult of their farming lives, and problems persist, with hundreds of thousands of acres still left to harvest this spring. Farmers deserve the assurance that everything that can be done, will be done to ensure the future stability of the industry.

We know the importance of research to the success and survival of Saskatchewan farms. One of the most important responsibilities of SaskCanola is to promote, initiate and facilitate research for canola farmers. Therefore, we are greatly concerned that the federal government seems to be contemplating the suspension of all field plot research intended for the summer of 2020.

”Saskatchewan farmers continue to do the work required to feed the world. SaskCanola urges Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to continue to do their part in building the tools farmers need to continue this vital undertaking,” expressed Keith Fournier, Chair of the Research Committee.

At SaskCanola we understand the far-reaching impact of covid19 on agriculture, horticulture and the food processing industry. Our priority is to minimize the negative impact of a lost year of research to the canola industry. Along with our national and provincial partners we are voicing to the federal government the importance of maintaining AAFC field research programs while maintaining appropriate personal safety measures. SaskCanola is working closely on this issue with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, who also understand the contribution research provides to the continued prosperity of the canola industry.

Extension is also impacted by the potential loss of field days this summer. SaskCanola has launched Top Notch Farming Tips to support farmers throughout the 2020 growing season. We continue to partner with the best Saskatchewan experts to provide a wide range of canola agronomic knowledge and tools in a variety of virtual formats.

”While public events may not be feasible in the current conditions under covid19, we still want to ensure the latest research results are shared with our growers,” said Katelyn Duncan, Chair of the Grower Relations Committee, “At SaskCanola we want you to know we support you as an essential service to our economy and we continue to work on your behalf.”

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For more information, media may contact:
Dale Leftwich, Communications Coordinator
(306) 745-7321
dleftwich@saskcanola.com

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