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Niagara College researcher awarded $1 million

Mike Duncan continues research with crop portal

Brian Hess

Farms.com

Mike Duncan, Industrial Research Chair for Niagara College, is receiving a $1 million provincial grant for his precision ag research.

He will use the grant to continue collecting data to help producers use this technology.

Duncan is recognized as a world leader in precision agriculture.

He is the creator and head of the Research Crop Portal, a web-tool for producers to use data from precision ag technologies.

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The study will provide quality improvements on the Crop Portal and other wireless equipment. Producers can have more control over their data through user-friendly software and immediate access to key information.

The team’s goal is to develop tools which will help Canadian producers better understand developing technology.

“The last five years have been assembling the data and the tools to learn as much as we can about precision ag, and, in doing so, carving out a niche in Canada,” Duncan said in a release on May 2.

The grant is part of the federal government’s $37.4 million research budget.

Funding is supplied by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for projects at colleges and institutes in Canada.

NSERC strongly supports applied research and development activities with industry partners.

Anyone interested in using the Research Crop Portal is encouraged to contact the college for further information.

 

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