SaskCanola Commits $1.14 Million to Collaborative Canola Research

The Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) has committed $1.14 million to 10 research projects funded under the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) in 2021. 

We are pleased to partner with the Saskatchewan government and other like-minded organizations to fund these new canola research projects,” said Keith Fournier, SaskCanola Research Chair. “Ongoing research investments are key to ensuring that Saskatchewan farmers can address challenges they are seeing in the field so that their farm businesses continue to be profitable.”

These research projects range from 1 to 5 years in duration. A complete list of projects, including researchers and SaskCanola’s investment, is as follows:

  • Modification of surface waxes for drought tolerance (Dr. Mark Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) – $44,550
  • Understanding disease mechanisms and resistance to clubroot (Dr. Kimberley MacKay, University of Saskatchewan) – $287,500
  • Evaluating contributions of crop residue breakdown for carbon sequestration and nitrogen transfer credit (Dr. Bobbi Helgason, University of Saskatchewan) – $79,698
  • Effects of crop rotation on stabilizing sequestered carbon (Dr. Bobbi Helgason, University of Saskatchewan) – $5,443
  • Evaluation of pesticides in honey and bee colonies (Dr. Elemir Simko, University of Saskatchewan) – $143,750
  • Determining the optimal rate of dual-inhibitor nitrogen fertilizer (Dr. Reynald Lemke, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) – $27,605
  • Using 4R fertility approaches for optimal yield and sustainability (Mr. Blake Weiseth, Discovery Farm) – $108,100
  • Quantifying combine auto-adjust capabilities for harvesting canola (Mr. Lorne Grieger, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute) – $64,282
  • Functional validation of clubroot resistance genes through high thoroughput genome editing (Dr. Wei Xiao, Univeristy of Saskatchewan) – $248,975
  • Development of allele specific genetic markers of blackleg resistance genes (Dr. Hossein Borhan, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) – $128,450

The Saskatchewan MInister of Agriculture, the Hon. David Marit, announced the funding of all crop related ADF projects earlier this week. The ADF is supported through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $388 million agreement between the federal and provincial governments to invest in strategic initiatives for Saskatchewan agriculture.

SaskCanola is a producer-led organization, established in 1991 and supported by 20,000 levy-paying Saskatchewan canola producers. SaskCanola’s mandate is to grow producer prosperity by providing value to canola producers through research investments and communication to growers, consumers, and government.

For more information, contact:
Ellen Grueter, Communications Manager
egrueter@saskcanola.com
(306) 975-0262

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