Government Invests $1.2 Million For Corn And Soybean Research Equipment

Jun 08, 2015
Corn and Soybean growers in western Canada will be benefiting from a $1.2 million investment from the federal government.
The funding will go towards purchasing new equipment that will be used at 11 research sites across Manitoba.
"Our Government is pleased to support this exciting project that will result in increased production and expand access for producers in growing domestic and global markets," said Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen, who made the funding announcement Saturday at R-Tech Industries in Homewood, MB. "This is an excellent example of how industry, academia and government can work together to strengthen the economy."
Parties collaborating on the projects include the Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Manitoba.
"This project benefits not only farmers and researchers, but also the Western Canadian economy," said MCGA President Myron Krahn. "This equipment will allow us to carryout research in various eco regions throughout the province so that row crop research can be well replicated and provide results that are relevant to producers in their specific growing area."
MPSG Executive Director Francois said the funding will be used to purchase cutting-edge equipment, which will lead to cutting-edge research.
"These funds will allow researchers in Manitoba to continue supporting our crops and cropping systems by performing advanced research with precision and accuracy using equipment that mimics what producers are actually using on their farms. For example, the mid-row banding unit will allow Dr. Yvonne Lawley to accurately measure and enhance the 4R fertilizer application system thereby helping to improve the health of our environment. The joint collaborative efforts of MCGA and MPSG was key to success of this application."
Source : SteinbachOnline
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