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Field day highlights agriculture research

August 1st, 2014

Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) welcomed farmers and agriculture industry representatives Tuesday to their second annual research farm field day in Yorkton. The event highlights the continuing partnership between the College and ECRF, which officially began with the signing of a memorandum of understanding last year leading to collaborative work on agricultural applied research projects.

This year, there are about 12 research projects underway at two locations: the joint research farm half a mile south of Yorkton, and a site adjacent to Skinner’s Garden Centre. Researchers are testing soybean varieties by seeding date, canaryseed fertility, oat varieties by nitrogen rate, wheat and canola with Environmentally Smart Nitrogen technology, wheat fungicide timing, and cereal forage.

The field day started at Tourism Yorkton where attendees were taken on a guided tour of the Crops of the Parklands demonstration site. Particular attention was paid to the more technical plots such as those demonstrating the difference in seed treatment and fertilizer placement.

Parkland College and ECRF plan to continue agriculture research trial programs in the Yorkton area for the long term. The information developed and gathered on site will be shared with the research community, agricultural industry, and local producers.

About Parkland College:
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.

About East Central Research Foundation:
ECRF is a non-profit organization established in 1996 at Canora. It undertakes applied research projects and demonstrates specialized crop protection technologies to local producers. Funding from government agencies allows ECRF to conduct trials on everything from seed treatments and crop residues to fertilizer application rates and weed and pest control. ECRF is one of eight producer-directed research and demonstration groups in Saskatchewan making up the Agriculture – Applied Research Management (Agri-ARM) network.


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

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