DuPont Pioneer has received a $1-million grant from two Alberta research agencies to develop early-maturing corn hybrids for provincial growing conditions.
Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund and Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions are contributing $500,000 each over five years to develop shorter-season corn hybrids with higher yield potential.
“In the next decade, we see a landscape where corn will become a normal rotation crop right across the Prairies and right here in Alberta,” said Greg Stokke, business director for Western Canada at DuPont Pioneer.
“The bottom line is corn will be a profitable and sustainable cropping choice for growers in Alberta.”
Corn is a “different kind of crop, with a different kind of growth habit,” that could break disease cycles and bring other rotational benefits, said Doug Walkey, executive director of the Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund.
“Hopefully, (corn will be) a step up in agronomy for everyone across the board,” he said.