Through the Canadian AgriScience Program – Clusters Component the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) is receiving $4 million for agronomy research, an Aug. 15 news release said.
“Agronomic practices that support resilient and profitable crop production are vital to our sector and to Canada’s economy. This important research that will be done across the country through this cluster will help to give farmers better solutions to the agronomic challenges they face,” Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, said in the release.
The WGRF research will focus on crop agronomy, the release said. WGRF has established six research priorities including weed management, disease management, insect pest management, plant nutrition, response to weather variability and climate change, and sustainable resource management.
“This Cluster provides WGRF the opportunity to continue funding multi crop agronomic research that will ultimately provide farmers valuable insight and tools as they tackle widespread agronomic challenges,” Laura Reiter, chair of WGRF, said in the release.
The release noted it’s expected this research will help form a better understanding of the relationship between soil moisture conditions and the productivity and profitability of management strategies in Western Canada. It will also increase economic returns by developing and optimizing site-specific cropping systems in Western Canada, and facilitate the adoption of a biovigilance-based approach to weed mitigation in the Canadian prairies.