Growers Invest $3.7 Million in Canola Research

Feb 29, 2024

The three Prairie provincial canola grower associations have evaluated and selected 13 new canola research projects that will receive $3.7 million in total funding under the Canola Agronomic Research Program (CARP) in 2024.  

This investment includes over $2.1 million from Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and Manitoba Canola Growers, as well as over $1.6 million from the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF). 

CARP supports canola agronomic research focused on increasing yield and profitability, reducing production risk and enhancing sustainability. The funded projects often provide new strategies for managing top pests and diseases, improving nutrient management and generating more resilient canola.  

The 2024 projects awarded funding are focused on understanding the impact of verticillium stripe and its relation to blackleg; clubroot management and monitoring; 

Flea beetle tracking and trapping; and developing novel strategies to improve resiliency against biotic and abiotic threats 

“There is huge value in pooling levy dollars to invest in research projects that address canola agronomic issues that farmers in all three provinces face,” said Keith Fournier, SaskCanola Chair. “WGRF’s investment is an added bonus to the funding equation, as it allows levy dollars to stretch further for more important research to occur.” 
CARP is funded by the three provincial grower organizations – Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers -- and is administered by the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). Additional funds are provided for some CARP projects by WGRF and other occasional partners. Proposals are reviewed by the grower association research committees, with additional agronomic insight from the CCC’s Crop Production and Innovation team.  

Since 1994, over $46 million has been invested in canola research through CARP. 

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