Harrington Seed Destructor Evaluation at Field Scale in Alberta
Term: 3 years, beginning in 2017
Funding Amount: $ 160,490
Lead Researcher(s): Breanne Tidemann (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Funding Partners: Alberta Canola Producers commission (ACPC) Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF)
This project will investigate the efficacy of Harrington Seed Destructor on weed management across different cropping systems and with different weeds.
Herbicide resistance is increasing in severity across the Prairies. Over 25 years limited new herbicide products being released and with no new herbicide modes of action, new management techniques are needed. Harvest Weed Seed Control (HWSC) is a paradigm of weed control developed in Western Australia where the focus is on management of weed seeds at the time of harvest and prevention of weed seed return to the seedbank. The Harrington Seed Destructor is one of the methods of HWSC. Based on the interest among producers and the need, it is important to investigate how well the Harrington Seed Destructor will work in western Canada. This project will investigate the Harrington Seed Destructor's efficacy across different cropping systems, potentially providing a new weed control method for Canadian producers.