WGRF Congratulates Saskatchewan Wheat and Barley Commissions

June 24, 2013 at 01:07 PM

The Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) congratulates the Province of Saskatchewan on the establishment of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and the Saskatchewan Barley Development Commission. WGRF is supportive of the establishment of provincial wheat and barley commissions in western Canada.

“Ongoing investment in research and market development is needed for wheat and barley producers to stay competitive,” said Dave Sefton of Broadview Saskatchewan and WGRF Board Chair. “Producer’s will benefit from the increased leadership and coordination being established at the provincial levels. WGRF looks forward to collaborating with the new wheat and barley commissions and councils to continue wheat and barley variety development research in the best interest of farmers.”

WGRF is committed to continued collaboration on agricultural research funding at both the federal and provincial levels to leverage public, private producer and private industry investments into crop research to increase the industry’s competitiveness.

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For further information, contact:

Mike Espeseth
Communications Manager                                             
Western Grains Research Foundation               
306-975-0365          
MikeEspeseth@westerngrains.com

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network Up and Running

June 05, 2013 at 09:09 AM

The Insect Pest Monitoring Network is a prairie-wide, coordinated insect monitoring program designed to keep the Canadian agriculture industry informed of the risks to crop production from pest species and to highlight and conserve their natural enemies. The Insect Pest Monitoring Network provides weekly risk warnings in map format and are accompanied by interpretive text for use by farmers, extension personnel, pesticide applicators and pesticide manufacturers.

When insect pest outbreaks occur in one area their impact may eventually be felt across a much larger region. “WGRF is proud to be co-funding the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network,” says Garth Patterson, WGRF Executive Director. “These updates alert western Canadian producers to the need for changing crop plans or looking at economic thresholds for insecticide application. The data from this project will also contribute to the development of future beneficial management practices.”

To view these updates visit www.westernforum.org/IPMNWeeklyUpdates.html

The Insect Pest Monitoring Network is supported by the following partners:

o   Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

o   AAFC – Pest Management Centre

o   AAFC – Matching Investment Initiative

o   Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development

o   Alberta Canola Producers Commission

o   BC Grain Producers Association

o   Canola Council of Canada

o   Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives

o   Manitoba Canola Growers Association

o   Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

o   Saskatchewan Crop Insurance

o   SaskCanola

o   University of Alberta

o   Western Grains Research Foundation

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For further information, contact:

Mike Espeseth
Communications Manager
Western Grains Research Foundation
306-975-0365
MikeEspeseth@westerngrains.com