GRO to retire 26-year-old combine

GRO tested out the Zurn 150 harvester in the fall of 2020.
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Gateway Research Organization can now retire its 26-year-old plot-sized combine after receiving $293,000 from the Western Grains Research Foundation for the purchase of a new one.

“The new combine will not only improve our efficiency in research data collection but will also be a step up for employee safety standards,” said Sandeep Nain, general manager of GRO, which is headquartered in Westlock.

Research organizations like GRO have limited opportunities to get grants for replacing equipment and infrastructure, said Garth Patterson, executive director of the grains research foundation.

The foundation has launched a $32-million “capacity initiative’ to help research organizations, which are conducting more field crop research these days.

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