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Boosting canola's future

Boosting canola's future

Federal funding aims to enhance the canola industry's sustainability and economic impact.

By Jean-Paul McDonald
Photo Credit: Pexels Jean van der Meulen

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) has welcomed the federal government's substantial investment of over $9 million in canola research, a move set to revolutionize the sustainability and economic contribution of Canada's canola industry.

Curtis Rempel, CCC's vice president of crop production and innovation, emphasized the pivotal role of innovation in canola's success at a news conference announcing the new Canola AgriScience Cluster funding under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

This federal investment, combined with contributions from provincial canola grower associations and the industry, amasses to more than $17 million over five years. A total of 17 collaborative projects with public research institutions across Canada are planned under this funding partnership.

Canola has long been a leader in innovation, positively impacting both the environment and the Canadian economy. It remains the top source of farm crop revenue, generating $29.9 billion annually for Canada.

Charles Fossay, chair of Manitoba Canola Grower's research committee, shared the commitment of Alberta Canola, SaskCanola, and Manitoba Canola Growers to innovation. Nearly $3.5 million will be invested by these organizations over five years in the Canola AgriScience Cluster. This research aims to address production challenges, enhance yields, and bolster canola's role as a climate solutions provider.

The 17 projects encompass genetics, crop production, processing, and export, focusing on enhancing nutrient management practices, expanding understanding of canola's role in mitigating climate change, developing resistance against pathogens and pests, and optimizing economic advantages for growers.

The Canola Council’s agronomy team plans to convert research results into practical recommendations for growers, industry, and academia. They will utilize innovative strategies to disseminate management practices, drawing on past Canola AgriScience Cluster findings to evaluate economic impacts.

Chris Davison, CCC president and CEO, highlighted the dynamic opportunities for the canola industry in food, feed, and fuels. Born out of innovation, the investment in research is poised to ensure a successful and sustainable future for Canadian canola.  

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Growing a crop isn’t easy. There’s a lot of variables involved, a major one being weather. And while you can’t control weather, you can use weather forecasts to help you make informed decisions regarding your crop. This could include application of insecticide, herbicide or fungicide treatments, scheduled irrigation or swathing your crop.

On the Nov. 29 episode of Seed Speaks, we’re taking a closer look at how you can use weather forecasts to grow the best possible crop. We’re joined by Chris Manchur, agronomy specialist for eastern Manitoba with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC); David Clay, distinguished professor of soil science at South Dakota State University; and Wade Kent, senior principal digital agronomist for Nutrien.

Manchur provides agronomic advice and support to growers and agronomists in Manitoba. He’s also the sclerotinia stem rot lead for the CCC and helps to manage canola research and innovation through funding programs such as the Canola Agronomic Research Program and the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Manchur received his bachelor of science degree in plant biotechnology and master of science in RNA interference-based next generation fungicides at the University of Manitoba.

Clay is the past president of the American Society of Agronomy, and Corn Councils Endowed Chair in Precision farming. He has spent over 30 years investing soil health, has published and been awarded numerous awards and is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy.

Kent is located in North Central Iowa and farms corn and soybeans with his dad in his spare time. He spent his undergraduate and graduate career at Iowa State University and University of Minnesota studying agronomy, crop physiology, and soil science. At Nutrien, Kent works in the digital and precision landscape focusing on bringing together agronomy and technology to improve efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of Nutrien Ag Solution’s customers.

Join us on Nov. 29 at 12 p.m. CST on Seed World U.S., Seed World Canada, Seed World Europe and the Alberta Seed Guide’s Facebook pages, Seed World U.S.’s LinkedIn page and Seed World Group’s YouTube to watch the discussion.



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