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Which makes a bigger difference in spray success, nozzle direction, nozzle spacing, or nozzle height? Wolf’s research is finding some unexpected answers.

Getting better at fungicide application

You may be doing a good spraying job now, but new WGRF research shows it might be relatively easy to do a whole lot better

Reading Time: 5 minutes A set of new sprayer nozzles can cost $500 to $1,000, while a new sprayer can clock in at $400,000. “But almost the entire probability of application success depends on the nozzle,” says Tom Wolf, co-owner of Agrimetrix Research and Training in Saskatoon. He’s not saying that farmers shouldn’t invest in a new sprayer if […] Read more

Exploring the soybean nutrient cycle

New research aims to end the guessing on fertilizing soybean rotations

Reading Time: 4 minutes If you had asked Saskatchewan farmers 25 years ago if they thought they could grow soybean, they would likely have laughed out loud at the very idea. Fast-forward to today, however, and StatsCan says 300,000 acres of soybeans were planted in Saskatchewan last year, up from 170,000 acres in 2013, and the province’s soy acreage […] Read more


Five years of midge tolerance

As its acreage continues to climb, the message is to keep protecting the unique Sm1 gene

Reading Time: 3 minutes This summer marks the fifth anniversary of producers in Western Canada growing and protecting midge-tolerant wheat. Since the launch of the first commercial varieties in 2010, the industry has witnessed strong uptake of the technology that helps producers defend against orange blossom wheat midge, a pest that can significantly reduce crop yield and grade. Not […] Read more

The WGRF report found that of all students pursuing graduate degrees in agriculture, not enough of them are taking up agronomy, entomology and weed science.

The future of agronomic research

A new WGRF report sees urgent threats to the West’s research system

Reading Time: 5 minutes About five years ago, before she joined the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF), Pat Flaten was thinking about the state of agronomic research in Western Canada. At the time, she and her colleagues were thinking about bug researchers in Saskatoon. “We knew we had this great group of highly productive and experienced entomologists who were […] Read more


Developing new seed varieties for better crops

Reducing risk for the entire grain industry is key to variety development

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s not easy growing grain for a living. Between bad weather, plant disease, insects, rising input costs and fluctuating markets, it can be tough to make a buck. That’s why new seed varieties are so important to Canadian wheat growers, says Ron DePauw, a senior wheat breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s, Semi-Arid Prairie Agricultural […] Read more

CN overshoots 2013-14 grain handling revenue cap

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Western Grains Research Foundation will get a $4.98 million gift this season from Canadian National Railway, but not out of holiday spirit per se. The Canadian Transportation Agency on Thursday ruled CN, during the 2013-14 crop year, exceeded its maximum allowable revenue from Prairie grain handling by $4,981,915, above its previously set “entitlement” of […] Read more


Without farmer-funded WGRF funds, research such as the Durum Wheat Plots at Kernen Crop Research Farm in Saskatoon would be limited.

WGRF investment dollars in research making the difference

Farmer funding has helped with the development of many well-known cereal varieties at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre

Reading Time: 4 minutes Another growing season is well underway at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC), thanks in large part to farmer investments furnished through the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF). Wheat and barley breeders at Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre along with about 45 research technicians and field workers plant, maintain, monitor and harvest about 150,000 […] Read more

Agronomy project aims to raise yields 25 per cent

Complex project will study intensive systems approach to crop management

Reading Time: 5 minutes Sheri Strydhorst isn’t doing a lot of fishing this summer. And if her research bears out, you just might be willing to give it up, too. An agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in Barrhead, Strydhorst is leading an incredibly complex, multi-layered, multi-site, multi-crop research project designed to find out the extent […] Read more