Parkland College presents results of agriculture research project

Regina, SK – Parkland College is pleased to announce the successful completion of a groundbreaking agriculture research project it conducted this summer in association with Dutch Openers agricultural products and Airguard Inc.  College representatives met with company executives Friday in Regina to present the project’s final report.

Using a grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, an arm of the federal government, Parkland College conducted numerous trials with East Central Research Foundation (ECRF) at their research farm half a mile south of Yorkton.  One of the projects tested the impact of the Airguard Seed Brake on several Dutch Openers.  Favourable results were observed when the Airguard seed brakes were used in conjunction with the 1 3/4″ – 3/4″ Nose Side Band – Dutch Universal Opener.  With this combination of products there was an improvement in seed placement which resulted in improved emergence and greater yield.

“This type of research that Parkland College is performing is essential to the improvement of technology in Agriculture,” said Brian Cruson of Airguard Inc.  “Although it is too early to draw any decisive conclusions from the study, it is helpful to see how air flow does affect seed placement, emergence and, ultimately, yield.”

“We are proud of the research conducted by Mike Hall, our lead scientist on the project, and we’re confident Dutch Openers and Airguard will find our results very useful,” said Gwen Machnee, Parkland College’s University and Applied Research Coordinator.

It was a successful first summer of operation for the research farm near Yorkton.  Researchers also tested new canola varieties from Monsanto, conducted trials on North Star Genetics varieties of shorter-maturity soybeans, and ran demonstrations on grass and legume forages with Saskatchewan Agriculture.

“Our partnership with Parkland College is strong,” ECRF chairman Glenn Blakley said.  “We’re happy to produce these results, which can be used to provide innovative products, ideas, and techniques to local farmers.”

Three Parkland College students participated in the summer project.  The research farm is used for teaching purposes and allows students to gain experience in the agribusiness and bioresources industry.

Parkland College and ECRF plan to continue agriculture research trial programs in the Yorkton area for the long term.  The information developed and gathered on site will be shared with the research community, agricultural industry, and local producers.

About Parkland College:
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan.  Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community.  Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.

About Dutch Openers:
Dutch Openers was birthed from Dutch Industries, which started in 1952 with an established history dating back to a blacksmith shop in Holland.  Though technology has changed since then, Dutch Openers continues to provide excellence in manufacturing agricultural openers and tips.  Today, built on over 60 years of service and experience, Dutch Openers continues to serve a growing list of agricultural customers throughout the world.  With technologically advanced equipment, a 55,000 square foot facility and iron working skills passed down from generations, Dutch Openers will continue to provide durable, accurate openers and tips for small grain farmers for generations to come.

About Airguard Inc.:
Airguard Inc. is passionate about helping farmers achieve more profit through precision seeding technology.  Airguard helps agriculture experts control airflow for optimum seed and fertilizer placement with solutions that are easily installed onto any air drill.  The end result is improved seed germination, crop consistency and harvest.

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For more information contact:
Brendan Wagner
Communications Officer
Parkland College
Phone: 306.728.6595
www.parklandcollege.sk.ca

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