Investigator: Elroy Cober
Research Institution: Ottawa Research & Development Centre, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Project Start: April 2018
Project End: March 2023
Funding for the Soybean Cluster is provided by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AgriScience Program through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with industry support from the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) whose members include: Atlantic Grains Council; Producteurs de grains du Quebec; Grain Farmers of Ontario; Manitoba Corn Growers Association; Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers; Saskatchewan Pulse Growers; Prairie Oat Growers Association; SeCan; and FP Genetics.
- Develop very early-maturing, high-yield RR2Xtend soybean populations, experimental lines and cultivars adapted to MG 00 and earlier areas through a targeted breeding program
- Develop and validate markers for new-found maturity genes and integrate them with existing markers
- This project will deliver cultivars adapted to the very short season areas of Canada.
- Producers will benefit from the use of adapted cultivars. Additionally, germplasm that is developed can be used as future parents as the soybean industry expands in the region.
- The development of very early maturity soybeans will allow for the expansion of soybean into short season areas of Canada.
- The development of molecular markers targeting early maturity may lead to a better understanding of mechanisms conferring early maturity and allow for rapid breeding of adapted soybean varieties.
This activity focuses on developing early maturity cultivars for Western Canada to identify and validate early maturing genes useful to breeders to improve yield. This activity will deliver herbicide-tolerant genetically modified (GM) cultivars adapted to the very short season areas of Canada (Maturity Groups 00-000).
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.