Suncrest 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.
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.