A new link between horn size and reproductive fitness in female bighorn sheep highlights a potential conservation issue, according to a University of Alberta study. The study found that females with small horns are less reproductively fit and are slow reproducers, says Samuel Deakin, first author and PhD candidate in the department of Biological Sciences…. Read More

Bacteria can’t have all the fun — it’s time for some very helpful fungi to get the respect they deserve. Kris Guenette, PhD candidate at the University of Alberta, is working on just that. He’s looking into whether or not incorporating a fungal inoculant on wheat could help with nitrogen uptake, yield, and protein development. Guenette… Read More

Can we improve yield parameters for farmers through enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs)? That’s the question that Adam Fast, masters student at the University of Alberta, is looking to answer. Fast was at WheatStalk at Lethbridge, Alta., to discuss the projects he and the team are working on, and what results they have seen so far…. Read More

On today’s Agronomic episode of RealAg Radio, hear from: Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist, on the importance of rotation (no — not corn on corn!) in a drought season in the east; Bethany Wyatt of BASF, on fungicide resistance; Adam Fast of the University of Alberta, on enhanced efficiency fertilizers; and Sherrilyn Phelps… Read More

Ranchers who employ multi-paddock grazing for cattle do so for many reasons, but a new study from the University of Alberta suggests the practice doesn’t significantly improve plant diversity on the land. A research team led by Jessica Grenke, PhD candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, compared adaptive multi-paddock grazing, called AMP, with other… Read More

Fertilizer Canada and Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) have come together with matching funding of $257,252 towards a soil health project that will provide Alberta grain, forage, and crop producers with tangible results realized at the farm gate. A multi-year soil health project led by Dr. Miles Dyck at the University of Alberta will aim… Read More

Clubroot has been confirmed in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, and can cause yield losses between 30 and 100 per cent. Sanitation, crop rotation, using resistant cultivars, and managing susceptible weeds are all useful strategies in the clubroot toolbox to mitigate infection, but what other strategies are there, and how effective are they for controlling clubroot… Read More

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) – a collaboration between the Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission and Manitoba Crop Alliance – has committed $2 million over five years towards a core breeding agreement with the University of Alberta (U of A). The investment will fund research activities through U of A’s wheat breeding… Read More

The University of Alberta (U of A) is set to receive major project funding and to partner up on developing a renewable jet fuel. On behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan Jr., the Honourable Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies, announced a new project on Wednesday, into which the ministry will… Read More

The University of Alberta (U of A)  is announcing a five-year partnership with TELUS to establish a 5G “Living Lab” that will contribute to a pipeline of new research and technology with commercial applications. A $15 million investment from TELUS will provide 5G infrastructure that will allow both organizations to advance research and technology for… Read More

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has reached an agreement to transfer key research programs to the University of Alberta (U of A), expanding its agriculture research capacity. The $3.7 million grant will assist in the transition of critical agriculture research programs and researchers. Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, says that the U of A… Read More

 

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