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Canadian government invests $5.7M in crop rotation research for sustainable agriculture

Canada has announced government funding of up to $5,733,852 to the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) through the AgriScience Program – Clusters Component. 

The initiative, part of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, hopes to promote more diverse crop rotations on farms.

“Research and innovation to improve crop rotations on farms is important to ensure producers can grow the most efficient and sustainable soybean, corn, and oat crops. With this funding to the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance, scientists will be focusing on issues important to farmers here in Guelph and systems that can benefit farmers across Canada,” says Lloyd Longfield, MP in Guelph.

Under the leadership of CFCRA, the Cropping Systems Cluster will develop characteristics and practices conducive to diverse crop rotations for soybeans, corn and oats. The goal is to mitigate business risks for farmers by cultivating resilient crops capable of withstanding climate change and weather stresses. It also aims to protect against losses due to diseases and insects. Additionally, the project could enhance overall profitability for producers.

A key focal point involves the refinement of oat varieties with improved traits tailored to both Eastern and Western Canada. Furthermore, the initiative aims to enhance soybean varieties suitable for short-season production environments across the country.

Beyond crop development, the research activities will study how diverse crop rotations can curb greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the initiative will explore how advancements in genetics, land management practices, and fertilizer use can bolster nitrogen use efficiency, thereby contributing to environmental conservation.

“With climate change having a direct impact on producers, crop diversity is vitally important to keeping our agriculture sector healthy, productive, and competitive. This funding will help researchers explore the benefits of crop rotations and encourage producers to integrate soybean, corn and oat crops into their farms,” says Lawrence MacAulay, Canada’s minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

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