The three Prairie provincial canola grower associations will be funding five new research projects focusing on developing and evaluating disease resistance, abiotic stress resilience, and integrated pest management, a March 15 news release said.
The funding is being doled out under the Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP) with the total investment being over $1.7 million. The funding also includes over $1 million from Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and Manitoba Canola Growers, as well as over $600,000 from the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the release said.
“CARP allows the Prairie canola groups to work together and leverage grower dollars to increase research capacity, while simultaneously benefiting all canola growers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” Roger Chevraux, chair of Alberta Canola, said in the release. “Although our specific research priorities may differ from province to province, we are committed to investing in research that contributes to the continued successful and sustainable production of canola in Canada.”
CARP supports canola agronomic research focused on increasing yield and profitability, reducing production risk and enhancing sustainability, the release noted.
“This is WGRF’s fourth year participating in this funding partnership with CARP, and it has been very successful,” Keith Degenhardt, WGRF board chair, said in the release. “The projects we are helping fund align with our research priorities and we are confident that the knowledge and tools these projects will provide will be beneficial to Western Canadian farmers.”
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