Help with research on habitat and crop productivity

March 1, 2019 – Issue 3

Manitoba: A Manitoba research project will explore how habitat increases crop productivity by increasing pollinators and natural enemies of pests. The project will establish flowering plants at crop field margins to determine if this habitat increases crop productivity by increasing pollinators and natural enemies of pests. Project leads are looking for farmers to participate. If you are interested in participating in the project, please contact Jason Gibbs at Jason.Gibbs@umanitoba.ca or Yvonne Lawley yvonne.Lawley@umanitoba.ca.

Saskatchewan: Christy Morrissey at the University of Saskatchewan is looking for farmers in Saskatchewan to help with a wetlands study. The study will look for practical solutions to better manage wetlands in agricultural fields to (1) harness the agriculture benefits of the wetland while (2) minimizing producer losses. Morrissey and her team will compare multiple field management and wetland enhancement practices to monitor improvements in salinity damage, weed and insect pests, beneficial insects, pesticide water contamination; and evaluate crop productivity and economic costs and benefits of alternative strategies. Farmers who help conduct field-level experiments will receive agronomic support and financial compensation. For more information, contact Morrissey at 306-966-4433 or christy.morrissey@usask.ca.

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