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Research

Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of Grain Farmers of Ontario for the benefit of all barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers. Ontario’s grain farmers have sponsored and participated in decades of practical research that has resulted in economic gains and improved agricultural sustainability for Ontario farmers and the Ontario environment.

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Research Priorities

Revised June 2019

Our goal is to target our research and innovation investments toward opportunities that will enhance our farmer members’ returns.

Grain Farmers of Ontario aims to address the research needs for barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat through four overall priority areas: Agronomy and Production; Weed, Disease and Insect Pests; Crop Utilization and Crop Quality; and Breeding and Genetics. Within each priority area, Grain Farmers of Ontario invests funds in projects of high priority to Ontario farmers, strives to maximize public sector research investment, and encourages private sector research investment.

Each year Grain Farmers of Ontario identifies specific priorities toward which it would like to target increased research investment. This year, Grain Farmers of Ontario is placing a particular emphasis on research proposals targeting the following research priorities:

  • Developing integrated weed management strategies that consider management and prevention of herbicide resistance  and/or biology of specific weed species
  • Developing integrated disease & insect pest management strategies that consider management and prevention of trait and pesticide resistance and/or biology of white mould, SDS, SCN, Gibberella, and Fusarium
  • Developing integrated management strategies for Gibberella ear rot to reduce the occurrence of vomitoxin (DON) in corn
  • Quantifying the impact of standard field practices on soil health and developing strategies to improve or maintain soil health

Other important research priorities are listed for each of the four overall priority areas, below:

Agronomy and Production Priorities

Weed, Disease, and Insect Pests Priorities

Crop Utilization and Crop Quality Priorities

Breeding and Genetics Priorities

Looking for summaries of current and past funded projects? Click here.

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