Posts in Production
A genetic and genomics approach to improving the milling potential of durum wheat

The objective of this project is to determine the distribution of ash content in the kernel of cultivars of durum wheat with variable expression; to develop and validate robust genotyping platforms for durum wheat with the specific focus on genetic mapping populations with a large range in phenotypic expression of milling potential; and to develop genomic selection prediction models using a combination of high density molecular data and robust milling data.

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Durum, ProductionSask Wheat2018
Defining best management practices for using supplemental heating with natural air drying

The objectives of this project are to scientifically determine how the use of supplemental heat affects the drying rate and storage conditions of wheat and canola; to determine the economic benefits of using supplemental heating with natural airdrying (NAD) systems; and to compile and disseminate best management practices for use of supplemental heat with NAD.

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Wheat, Production, DurumSask Wheat2018
Monitoring SOC on commercial direct-seeded fields across Saskatchewan - Phase 4

This project will compare the field-derived results with those on conventional small plot experiments and with modelled results using sophisticated models of carbon and nitrogen dynamics. Collectively, the results of the project will enable Saskatchewan producers to position themselves confidently and appropriately in the public policy debate over how crop production should be treated in carbon tax schemes and/or within trading schemes for greenhouse gas emission offsets produced through SOC sequestration.

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Revisiting nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for Saskatchewan: Are we measuring the right soil nitrogen pool?

The main objective of this study is to modify the existing N test method in to a rapid new soil N test that potentially correlates to mineralizable N and crop yield outcomes. Researchers intend to develop this into a commercial soil N test that could be licensed to others or developed further in-house. The new test will provide a better means of estimating fertilizer needs.

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Developing a soil health assessment protocol for Saskatchewan producers

The main objectives of this project are to identify the soil properties that best characterize soil health in the semi-arid prairies; to quantify the effects of medium and long-term agricultural management (tillage system, crop rotation) on soil health; and to develop a new producer-oriented manual (soil health assessment protocol) for measuring soil health in Saskatchewan. The proposed project will fill this gap by developing Saskatchewan’s first soil health testing protocol.

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Wheat, Durum, ProductionSask Wheat2018
Field evaluation of one seed treatment inducing multiple agronomic responses from emergence to yield

This project builds on the findings from previous ADF project on the positive effect of recently developed, inexpensive, one-time seed treatment on early seed germination, seedling establishment and enhanced root development in spring. These are the critical factors for increasing yield through advanced flowering and avoidance of heat/drought stress in mid-summer in multiple crops.

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Wheat, Durum, ProductionSask Wheat2017