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A new research chair at the University of Alberta will take a whole-farm 
approach on boosting yields and crop quality.

New cropping systems research chair to focus on the big picture

U of A scientist will focus on interactions between plants, soils, management, and environment

Western Grains Research Foundation is putting up $3 million for a research chair in cropping systems at the University of Alberta to study interactions between plants, soils, crop management, and the environment. The position will allow a dedicated scientist to work on farm-level management systems such as interdisciplinary considerations of crop, water and input use […] Read more

While there are a lot of PowerPoint presentations — like this one for Indonesian buyers, millers, and bakers — 
it’s the face-to-face meetings that are the key element of New Crop Missions.

Crop missions a whole new ball game under Trump

New opportunities in China and Japan a result of U.S. president’s actions

‘Thank you, Donald Trump.’ Members of the recent New Crop Mission to Asia didn’t say those exact words. But the fallout from the belligerent U.S. president’s trade war with China is definitely one of the pluses that members of the mission encountered. “The big difference this year is the trade environment,” Cereals Canada president Cam […] Read more


Banchus flavesce is a species of parasitoid wasp that stings bertha army worms.

They don’t wear capes, but beneficial bugs are superheroes

New campaign urges farmers to give a little more love to the good bugs that kill bad ones

They’re in your field, lurking there, doing their thing. But do you know who they are? Can you identify your beneficial insects? That’s the goal behind the Western Grains Research Foundation’s Field Heroes campaign. “It’s basically a social media campaign to increase the profile of the beneficial insects that are in your field crops,” said […] Read more

Website identifies your insect friends

WGRF works with Prairie Pest Monitoring Network to develop online and social media sites


Not all heroes wear capes. That’s the message behind a new communications campaign to increase awareness of some unsung heroes — beneficial insects. Recently launched by Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), the ‘Field Heroes’ campaign encourages growers and agronomists to consider beneficial insects in crop production recommendations and decisions. “Beneficial insects play a vital pest […] Read more


CP, CN both top their Prairie grain revenue caps

The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) can soon expect a late gift of over $4.4 million in surplus Prairie grain freight revenue, according to a new ruling from the Canadian Transportation Agency. The agency said Dec. 22 it has determined Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and Canadian National Railway (CN) went over their maximum revenue entitlements […] Read more

Reem Aboukhaddour is one of four new Ag Canada scientists hired in Alberta this year. Her focus is on diseases such as stripe rust, leaf spot, and fusarium head blight.

Ottawa opens its wallet: Ag research back on the front burner again

Top scientists hail the end of decades-long plunge in the number 
of Ag Canada agricultural researchers

Recent hirings at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are a sign that the long decline in research capability is over. “That they’re hiring is very positive,” said Ron DePauw, who established himself as one of the world’s top wheat breeders with his work at AAFC’s Swift Current station. “If you go back to 1973, there were […] Read more


Prairie barley growers have been supporting barley variety development for 
more than two decades.

Barley groups pledge $2.4 million for barley breeding

Thanks in part to producer funding, the Crop Development Centre has released more than 70 barley varieties

Alberta Barley, its Saskatchewan and Manitoba counterparts, and the Western Grains Research Foundation will provide more than $2.4 million over five years to the barley variety development program at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. Since 1995, producers have invested almost $15 million into barley variety development through the research foundation. “This funding provides […] Read more

Three Albertans among new crop of Nuffield scholars

Three Albertans are among the four 2017 Nuffield scholars. Nuffield scholarships give individuals an opportunity to boost Canadian agriculture by allowing them to study the best production, management and marketing systems in the world. “The opportunities and perspective that a Nuffield scholarship can provide are priceless in today’s global agricultural community,” said Kelvin Meadows, chairman […] Read more


Checkoff refund deadline looming

The deadline for applying for a refund for wheat and barley checkoffs is at the end of the month. The five-year transitional Wheat and Barley Check-Off was established four years ago and is administered by Alberta Barley. The checkoff is 48 cents per tonne of wheat and 56 cents per tonne of barley (four cents […] Read more

Nuffield Scholarship application deadline

Four scholarships of $15,000 each are available for those between 25 and 45

Applications for 2017 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarships are due April 30. Scholarships are awarded to individuals with a passion for agriculture and a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and share their findings with others, for the betterment of Canadian agriculture. Applicants should be in mid-career, between the ages of 25 and 45 […] Read more