Parkland College and East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) welcomed about 80 farmers, agriculture professionals, and industry representatives to their seventh annual research farm field day Tuesday near Yorkton. The event highlights the agriculture applied research partnership between the College and ECRF, which officially began in 2013.
This summer there are numerous projects underway at the joint research farm 1 km south of Yorkton on York Lake Road. There is also a secondary site just southeast of the city. Researchers are conducting a variety of trials on numerous crops, including wheat, oats, barley, canola, and peas.
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 and summer employment 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 provides high quality, learner centred education and training as a foundation for lifelong success. The College offers a superior learning and campus experience for all students through quality programming and services. Students can get started on their careers by completing university classes, full degrees, and skills training and trades certificates. Parkland College also delivers high school upgrading, safety training, and corporate/professional development.
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.