Research projects (Swift Current Research and Development Centre)

The Swift Current Research and Development Centre (Swift Current RDC) supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities relevant three of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sector Science Strategies.

Cereal and pulse

Research on spring and durum wheat includes genomics-assisted breeding, incorporating resistance to pre-harvest sprouting and weather-related damage, mitigating weather- and disease-induced loss of market value and food quality, and reducing losses from pests, disease and abiotic stresses.

Forages and beef

Swift Current RDC is a Centre of Excellence for Rangeland Management of Beef. Research includes native forage breeding, production and management, riparian ecology and biodiversity, and ecologically based approaches and solutions that support sustainable agricultural systems.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Integrated cropping systems and best management practices for cereals, pulses, forages and woody species are enhancing environmental performance and sustainability, improving agriculture water inputs and sustainable water use practices, developing irrigation and drainage technologies, and integrating trees with crops and livestock.

Current research projects at Swift Current
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000394 Cuthbert, Richard Developing Canada western red spring (CWRS) cultivars for the western Prairies $855,207.99 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000398 Naeem, Hamid Production of basic seed of new wheat cultivars $8,513.99 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000405 Cuthbert, Richard Breeding improved Canada western hard white spring (CWHWS) and Canada prairie spring red (CPS) cultivars (Swift Current) $1,071,652.02 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000410 Fernandez, Myriam Developing wheat lines with resistance to leaf spots, and assessment of reaction to kernel diseases $51,702.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000416 Cuthbert, Richard End-use quality evaluation (Swift Current) $50,723.01 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000417 Knox, Ron Crop management systems/bioinformatics $187,647.05 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000418 Knox, Ron Marker assisted breeding and doubled haploidy $470,242.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000419 Ruan, Yuefeng Validation of marker application for marker assisted durum wheat breeding $41,692.03 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000420 Cuthbert, Richard Validation of marker application for marker assisted hexaploid wheat breeding $17,362.03 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000429 Ruan, Yuefeng Development of improved Canada western amber durum cultivars $1,398,768.02 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000486 McConkey, Brian Sustainability metrics $2,590,000.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000554 Gan, Yantai Frequency and sequence of annual pulses in cropping systems phase II $359,999.00 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000624 Schellenberg, Mike Diverse annual species based on their contribution to forage yield and soil improvement $198,025.00 2013-03-13 2017-10-14
J-000638 Schellenberg, Mike Development of plant material (grasses, legumes) and mixtures for forage production in the prairie region $1,057,024.03 2013-04-01 2018-03-31
J-000945 May, William Developing sunflower hybrids for Saskatchewan with improved oil profiles $105,000.00 2012-12-20 2017-05-01
J-000957 Cuthbert, Richard Filling gaps in wheat cultivar development with translational research $2,770,034.63 2014-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001053 Schellenberg, Mike Growing winter annual forages in mixtures: Assessment of agricultural impacts in a semiarid environment $155,682.00 2015-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001133 May, William Crop sequencing of large acreage crops and special crops $425,964.00 2015-04-01 2020-03-31
J-001143 May, William Controlling disease in fenugreek using fungicides $74,250.00 2015-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001154 Knox, Ron Enhancing wheat breeding capacity through private sector involvement and technology adoption $665,000.00 2013-03-28 2018-12-15
J-001160 May, William The effects of macro and micro nutrients on the yield and development of canaryseed $255,000.00 2015-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001179 Iwaasa, Alan Evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions from grazing ruminants on grasslands on different dietary treatments $15,000.00 2012-12-27 2018-04-30
J-001201 Iwaasa, Alan Development of best management practices for cost-effective and successful establishment of saline forages for Saskatchewan $241,481.00 2014-12-05 2020-03-02
J-001218 Iwaasa, Alan New forage legumes for sustainable summer pasture mixtures in Saskatchewan $107,700.00 2015-04-01 2020-03-31
J-001254 May, William Integrated crop management for high yielding flax production $71,001.00 2015-05-04 2020-03-31
J-001351 Schellenberg, Mike Developing native forage varieties for the Canadian prairies $174,909.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001363 Hodge, Kim Determining the extent, environmental and economic impact of leafy spurge in western Canadian rangeland using an unmanned aerial vehicle $137,025.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001370 May, William Assessing the long-term sustainability of recent changes to soil and crop management practices on the Canadian prairies $120,253.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001374 Bainard, Luke The diversity, structure and role of field boundary habitats in agro-ecosystems $351,624.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001377 Fernandez, Myriam Influence of allelopathic cover crops and their residues on soil quality and the growth and spread of perennial thistles and other weeds in the semi-arid Brown soil zone of western Canada $262,856.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001413 Fernandez, Myriam Diversifying organic cropping options for the brown soils through intercropping $211,031.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001491 Bainard, Luke Use of multispecies annual forage crops to promote healthy soil microbial communities and improve forage yield and sustainability $40,000.00 2016-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001494 Gan, Yantai Moving forward to sustainable development of Saskatchewan pulse industry – Long-term research collaboration between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) $352,000.00 2016-04-01 2017-10-31
J-001495 Iwaasa, Alan Evaluation of contrasting forage pea cultivars in mixtures with cereals for greenfeed production in Saskatchewan $67,200.00 2016-04-01 2018-03-31
J-001501 Iwaasa, Alan Best management practices for the re-introduction of sainfoin into existing alfalfa and grass pastures for western Canada $158,687.00 2016-04-04 2018-09-30
J-001507 Gan, Yantai Soybean variety evaluation trial – Contractor research agreement $64,800.00 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001541 May, William Fungicide timing for Fusarium head blight $45,000.00 2016-05-01 2020-03-31
*: The budget amount represents the forecast total project costs (not actual spending), including any offsets by revenues received from outside agencies/partners. It includes operations and maintenance funds used to purchase goods or services. It does not include salary dollars for staff working on the projects or any grant or contribution funds provided to outside partners for work on the projects.
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