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College partners on Crops of the Parkland demonstration site

July 9th, 2014

Parkland College is pleased to be participating in a familiar tourist attraction along Highway 9 in Yorkton. This year, the College is partnering with East Central Research Foundation and Tourism Yorkton on the greatly expanded Crops of the Parkland demonstration site.

The Crops of the Parkland display includes a series of plots illustrating the range of crops grown in Saskatchewan’s Parkland region. The site also demonstrates some modern agricultural practices.

“Visitors are able to walk around the site, look at the various crops growing, and contrast the effects of fertilizer, seed treatment, and herbicides on treated and untreated plots,” said Gwen Machnee, University and Applied Research Coordinator at Parkland College.

Signs providing basic information are posted at each set of plots. QR codes will be added soon, which will allow visitors to interact with the plots more in depth. Visitors will be able to scan the codes with their smartphones, linking them to websites for more detailed information. Guided tours with Parkland College’s summer student, Ashley Zelinski, can also be arranged.

Use of the land is provided by the City of Yorkton. Parkland College research scientist and instructor Mike Hall and agronomist Thom Weir sourced all of the seed, mostly by donation from local seed companies.

This project was funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial initiative. For more on Growing Forward 2, visit agriculture.gov.sk.ca/GrowingForward2.


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Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595

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