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Sep 2018

Sask Wheat and AWC invest over $2.2 million in wheat research

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (September 26, 2018) – The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) and the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) are investing a combined $2.2 million in innovative wheat research projects which will benefit farmers with improved varieties, agronomic practices, and post-harvest strategies.

 

Sask Wheat is investing over $2.07 million in 11 projects and the AWC is investing over $138,000 in two projects through the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) process. The ADF, a program offered by the federal and provincial governments through Growing Forward 2, funds projects that provide growth opportunities and enhance the competitiveness of the agriculture industry. In total, these 11 projects were able to leverage over $5.1 million in funding from all sources, as other funding organizations are able to supplement the funding provided through the ADF.

 

The funded projects range in focus from nitrogen fertilizer use and soil health to drying grain while in storage. As fusarium head blight (FHB) remains a major issue for wheat farmers across the Prairies, three projects will be studying FHB management and resistance while another will examine post-harvest strategies to reduce a toxin caused by FHB. Durum producers will note that four of the projects are either focussed on, or have a significant component devoted to, improving the disease resistance and milling potential of durum.

 

“Sask Wheat is pleased to collaborate with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and the Alberta Wheat Commission in funding these valuable projects,” said Sask Wheat Chair Laura Reiter. “The investments we are making on behalf of farmers will lead to innovations in disease resistance management practices that will benefit wheat farmers and all those along the value chain.”

 

AWC sees tremendous value in these collaborative investments with Sask Wheat,” said Kevin Bender, AWC Chair. “Results of both projects have benefits for all Canadian farmers and could lead to improved management practices that in-turn increase profitability.”

 

A full listing of the projects being funded is in the backgrounder below. Project summaries are available on the Sask Wheat website in the research section.

 

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Media Contacts:

Dallas Carpenter
Communications Manager 
Sask Wheat
dallas.carpenter@saskwheat.ca
306-220-7003

Victoria Decker
Communications Manager
Alberta Wheat Commission
vdecker@albertawheat.com
403-219-7906

 

Backgrounder

 

Project: A genetic and genomics approach to improving the milling potential of durum wheat

Lead Researcher: Dr. Curtis Pozniak (University of Saskatchewan)

Sask Wheat Funding: $458,816

Total Project Funding: $458,816

 

Project: An integrated approach for enhancing fusarium head blight resistance in durum

Lead Researcher: Dr. Curtis Pozniak (University of Saskatchewan) and Dr. Ron Knox (Agriculture and Agri Food Canada)

Sask Wheat Funding: $449,786

AWC Funding: $108,695

Total Project Funding: $1,499,592

 

Project: Deployment of adult plant resistance genes for durable stripe rust and leaf rust resistance in Canadian durum wheat

Lead Researcher: Dr. Pierre Fobert (National Research Council, Canada)

Sask Wheat Funding: $311,547

Total Project Funding: $311,547

 

Project: Post harvest DON reduction strategies for Canadian Western Spring Wheat, durum and barley

Lead Researcher: Dr. Rex Newkirk (University of Saskatchewan)

Sask Wheat Funding: $86,250

Total Project Funding: $305,000

 

Project: Scale-up production and field-testing of biological agents for controlling fusarium head blight in wheat

Lead Researcher: Dr. Vladimir Vujanovic (University of Saskatchewan)

Sask Wheat Funding: $62,004

Total Project Funding: $429,443

 

Project: Fusarium head blight resistance to triazole fungicides in Western Canada

Lead Researcher: Dr. Pierre Fobert (National Research Council, Canada)

Sask Wheat Funding: $98,185

Total Project Funding: $421,278

 

Project: Marker assisted pyramiding of pleiotropic and novel resistance loci to stripe and other rust diseases in adapted CWRS wheat

Lead Researcher: Dr. Richard Cuthbert (Agriculture and Agri Food Canada)

Sask Wheat Funding: $422,400

Total Project Funding: $804,000

 

Project: Developing a soil health assessment protocol for Saskatchewan producers

Lead Researcher: Dr. Kate Congreves (University of Saskatchewan)

Sask Wheat Funding: $37,820

Total Project Funding: $194,435

 

Project: Revisiting nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for Saskatchewan: Are we measuring the right soil nitrogen pool?

Lead Researcher: Dr. Richard Farrell (University of Saskatchewan)

Sask Wheat Funding: $35,526

AWC Funding: $30,000

Total Project Funding: $233,915

 

Project: Monitoring SOC on commercial direct-seeded fields across Saskatchewan - Phase 4

Lead Researcher: Gerry Burgess (Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association)

Sask Wheat Funding: $41,055

Total Project Funding: $323,875

 

Project: Defining best management practices for using supplemental heating with natural air drying

Lead Researcher: Dr. Joy Agnew, Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI)

Sask Wheat Funding: $66,810

Total Project Funding: $161,200

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