Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) welcomed more than 50 farmers, agriculture professionals, and industry representatives to their fourth annual research farm field day Thursday near Yorkton. The event highlights the agriculture applied research partnership between the College and ECRF, which officially began in 2013.
This summer there are dozens of projects underway at the joint research farm 1 km south of Yorkton on York Lake Road. There’s also a secondary site 1 km south of Yorkton on Highway 9. Researchers are conducting a variety of trials on wheat, oats, canary seed, soybeans, fava beans, lentils, flax, and quinoa.
Parkland College and ECRF have a long-term plan to carry out agriculture research activities in the Yorkton area. The partnership enabled Parkland College to become the first regional college in Saskatchewan to undertake an applied research program to serve regional economic development. The College also uses the field research site to provide hands-on training to students enrolled in agriculture programs.
The data collected on site throughout the growing season will be shared with the research community, agricultural industry, and local producers. More information on these and other projects is available at www.ecrf.ca.
About Parkland College:
Parkland College strives to help students in East Central Saskatchewan achieve their goals and build the foundation for successful careers. Students can choose from a wide array of educational options, including university degrees, skills training diplomas and certificates, trades training, high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development. Parkland College is a learner-centered organization and is proud to be one of Saskatchewan’s Top Employers for 2016.
About East Central Research Foundation:
Established in 1996, the East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to conduct crop production research and extension activities for the agricultural industry of east central Saskatchewan. It is directed by a board of local producers and advised by provincial specialists.
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Coordinator, Corporate & Internal Engagement