Volume 12, Number 7 November 19, 2004

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Construction starts on pulse-crop breeding facility

Construction will start next week on a $3-million pulse field research lab at the U of S Crop Science Field Laboratory, a University news release announced Nov. 18.

It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2005.

The expanded centre for pulse breeding and research near the corner of 108th Street and Preston Avenue should advance Saskatchewan’s leadership as a producer and researcher of pulse crops such as peas, lentils, chickpeas, and beans. The project was spearheaded by the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers who continue to lead fundraising efforts.

“Research is the key to keeping Canada’s growing pulse industry profitable in the long term,” says Crop Development Centre Director Rick Holm.

“This world-class centre will advance development of new varieties, improved disease management and agronomy, and improvements in quality that will provide value to the industry.”

Saskatchewan has more than 22,000 pulse producers.

Holm says the centre, which will involve faculty, graduate students and eventually visiting scientists, is expected to meet the crop breeding and research needs of the industry for the next 30 years.

To date, $1.8 million has been raised towards the total $3-million cost. The main funder is the Canada-Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Fund which has committed $1.5 million. Other contributors include Philom Bios, Nitragin Inc. Bayer CropScience, Bourgault Industries, Bourgault Tillage Tools, Saskcan Pulse Trading, DuPont Industries, and Benson ADD Board.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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