Agriculture Research

Parkland College, in partnership with the East Central Research Foundation (ECRF), operates a research farm just south of Yorkton on land mostly donated by the City of Yorkton. The farm is focused on agronomy and each year has a variety of public and private research projects and demonstrations.

There are two full-time employees: Mike Hall, our senior research scientist, who has been with us since the first project; and Heather Sorestad, who started as a summer student and became a full-time research assistant after graduating from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Mike and Heather are supplemented with summer students each growing season, many of them returning year after year. Summer students gain valuable agronomic and research experience along the way.

A Partnership in Ag Research

The partnership currently conducts field research on two parcels of land located just south (SW 26 25 4 w2) and west of Yorkton (NW 3 26 4 w2). The city of Yorkton has provided the partnership with a 3 year lease on this land.
The East Central Research Foundation has sold its facility in Canora and is developing a new site near Yorkton.

More than 30 Research Projects per Year

Each summer we conduct upwards of 30 research projects, valued at over $300,000, involving over a thousand small plots on our farm land. The main piece of land, on York Lake Road just south of Yorkton, is leased to us by the City of Yorkton at no cost to the College.

We also use other pieces of land around the south side of Yorkton, depending on the needs for each year. We always have wheat, oats, and canola projects, but we have worked with a wide variety of crops including soybeans, lentils, fava beans, quinoa, and many more.

Funding

The research farm is funded by the provincial government, directly and through grant proposals, through agribusinesses, and through granting agencies. In 2020, the federal government awarded a two-year, $200,000 grant from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council to hire summer students and to upgrade and repair equipment. And the Western Grains Research Foundation recently awarded $60,000 to help us purchase equipment for the farm.

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$200,000

$200,000 grant from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council to hire summer students and to upgrade and repair equipment

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$60,000

Western Grains Research Foundation recently awarded $60,000 to help us purchase equipment

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