Through a continuing co-funding partnership with the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF), the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, and other producer commodity groups, the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is funding 43 crop-related research projects with up to $6 million, a Jan. 11 news release says.
“Our ability to work with other research funders and grower groups is one of WGRF’s greatest strengths,” Keith Degenhardt, WGRF chair, says in the release. “Co-funding partnerships help maximize the investment we as producers are making in crop research. These 43 new promising research projects will undoubtedly help lead to improved crop production for western Canadian producers.”
WGRF is co-funding 24 projects with ADF as well as an additional 18 projects exclusively with other commodity groups.
The approved projects include research into:
- Nitrogen use efficiency
- Understanding the effects of crop rotation
- Developing tools and management of insect pests and weeds
- Fusarium head blight management
- Soil management
- Managing fungal diseases
- Drought tolerance
- Phenotyping, as well as genomics and breeding for disease resistance
- Increased yield and trait improvements in multiple crops
“WGRF continues to invest in both single-crop and multi-crop research through partnerships like the one with ADF,” Garth Patterson, WGRF executive director, says in the release. “We have also continued our efforts to accelerate crop research, through our capacity Initiatives ensuring the equipment, buildings and people are in place across Western Canada to increase research capacity.”
The release notes a full listing of projects will be posted on the WGRF website once research contracts are in place.