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Update on agriculture research in Alberta

On March 30, Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Honourable Devin Dreeshen, announced a new vision for provincial agriculture that will see Alberta farmers and ranchers determine the priorities that will guide research funding and program decisions. The Minister announced that an arm’s length organization, Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR), will be established to bring...
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How Manitoba canola farmers get value from farmer-funded research

With research being a key priority for Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA), have you ever wondered how your commodity organization sets and funds research priorities? Or who is involved in those decisions? The MCGA research committee is a farmer-directed committee responsible for selecting projects and directing research funds to find better ways to grow canola,...
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Good canola establishment with narrow-row planter

Science Edition: Stand Establishment
KEY RESULT: For this study conducted in southern Alberta on irrigated and dryland plots, the precision planter with 12″ spacing increased seedling emergence and plant stand density compared to the conventional air drill and precision planter with 20″ spacing — as long as seeding rates were higher than 20 seeds/m2. PROJECT TITLE, PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: “Developing...
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Flexibility but no added yield for fertigation

Science Edition: Fertility Management
KEY RESULT: This study compared nitrogen application through side-banding at seeding and through a split application of side-banding at seeding plus in-season through an irrigation system. It found no yield advantage to the split, but the flexibility of fertigation (for those with irrigation systems) allows farmers to adjust rates based on conditions through the season....
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