Crop Research Projects

Below is a list of Lakeland's current crop research projects, For more information on any project contact us!
Project Title   Info Project Lead
Collaborators Funders
Project Timeline
2020 Canada AgXplore Canola and Wheat Systems Fertility Study Lakeland College will conduct 2 trials with 4 replicates at the 2020 research site. Lakeland AgXplore AgXplore April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
2020 Cereal Regional Variety Trials Lakeland College will compare newly registered varieties of wheat, barley, and oats to a standardized check near Vermilion AB. Provincial Alberta Agriculture, cereal producer commissions, and numerous seed companies
Alberta Wheat Commission May 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
2020 Pulse Regional Variety Trials Lakeland College will compare newly registered varieties of field pea, fababean, lentil, and soybean  to a standardized check near Vermilion AB. Provincial Alberta Agriculture, Alberta Pulse Growers, and numerous seed companies
 Ag Call and Alberta Pulse Growers April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2023
Adapting innovative solutions for increased barley profitability in Alberta: Expanding malt cultivar end-use To increase barley profitability, creative agronomic solutions will be tested including: flexible end-uses for malt barley cultivars, new nitrogen (N) management regimes, and effective use of a new-to-Canada plant growth regulator. These will be tested in 6 site years (3 representative AB growing environments) to determine: i) the most profitable management system and end-use market for barley and ii) the appropriate integration of a plant growth regulator into the production system. Lakeland Alberta Agriculture (Barrhead, Lethbridge)
CAP, Alberta Barley Commission, Syngenta April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021
Application of Hyperspectral Imaging for Crop Staging and Yield Prediction in Canola
Two experimental trials will be initiated in spring 2020 at Lakeland to examine the success of correlating hyperspectral image analysis to 1) canola bloom stage at various degrees of canola bloom branching, and 2) canola grain yield.
Lakeland StreamTech, Landview Drones, Thompson Rivers University
Alberta Innovates April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
BASF Agronomy Trial Lakeland College will offer Services to execute a replicated (3) research trial examining wheat agronomic practices in the 2020 growing season at two locations near Vermilion. Lakeland BASF BASF April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Calibration of Bin Drying This study will determine if grain can be cured in-bin. It would provide farmers a knowledge-based guideline for harvesting grain based on Growing Degree Days with confidence that yield & quality will be preserved. Lakeland Alberta Innovates, Top Grade Ag Alberta Innovates
 April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Data collection and utilization of data for cropping decisions Lakeland College will examine the concept of a network of smart farms where common infrastructure is established at multiple sites in different regions of Canada, different agro-climatic zones etc. for comparisons of data collected and collaborative analysis. Lakeland METOS Canada
Alberta Innovates  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Demonstration Small Plots Unreplicated demonstration small-plots (conventional and advanced management) of various wheat classes, barley, oat, and pea will be seeded by Lakeland College at the 2020 Research Cereal Site (cereals) and Pulse Site (peas). There will be approx. 88 plots seeded (number to be determined in May 2020). The purpose of the plots is to showcase new cereal and broadleaf crop genetics under two management regimes to farmers in the Vermilion area and to collect yield data from the plots. Lakeland
SeCan  SeCan  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Determining Field Pea Yield Response to Increasing Rates of Phosphorous​ Fertilizer Lakeland will conduct two trials with four replicates, applying increasing grates of phosphorous fertilizer, both at the seed and mid row banded. Student led trial Alberta Pulse Growers Zone 5 Alberta Pulse Growers
 April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021 (possibly 2022)
Exploring a Multifaceted Strategy to Deliver Copper in Wheat Testing a novel copper delivery system in wheat in the form of a seed treatment and foliar applications against a seed placed copper product.
 Lakeland Yara Yara May 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021
Field Scale Research Validation of Variable Rate Technology Lakeland College will conduct field scale trials in a RCBD design with four replications:
Three crop types will be investigated on three different fields: 1. CWRS Wheat, 2. HT canola, 3. Malt Barley.
Two fertility treatments will be applied: 1. Blanket application based on soil testing, 2. Prescription application from Farmer’s Edge.
Two seeding treatments will be used: 1. Blanket application for a seeding rate of 350 plants/m2 CWRS Wheat, 7-8 plants/m2 canola, and 300 plants/m2 Malt Barley; 2. Prescription application from Farmer’s Edge.
 Lakeland
Alberta Innovates  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2022
Integrating N Fertilizer Technologies This study will focus on Canada Western Red Spring wheat responses to N management strategies in three soils zones that are representative of the Canadian Prairies. In the Canadian Prairies, information is scarce on how fertilizer best management practices (BMPs) impacts crop N use and GHG emission. This information is crucial to sustain soil resources, provide a healthy economy and adapt to climate change. This research is a natural extension to previous research in cereals and oilseeds conducted by Dr. Beres, which examined the influence of nitrogen form and placement for wheat production systems (Beres et al. 2008a,b; 2010; 2012a,b; 2018; and Qin et al. 2013) and ongoing research examining the influence of split applications of N fertilizer.  Dr. Brian Beres, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada
Multiple throughout Western Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2024
Managing malt genetics for feed end-use: increasing barley profitability by challenging traditional end-use boundaries (two trials) To generate preliminary data to determine the response of 3 malt cultivars and 3 feed cultivars under 2 nitrogen management strategies: low (80 kg/ha total N targeting traditional malt end-use management) and high (140 kg/ha total N targeting feed end-use management). Economic analysis will be used to help answer the question: “What is the most profitable way to grow feed barley?”. Lakeland ARECA, Battle River Research Group (Forestrburg)
Alberta Barley Commission, CAP, Syngenta  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Specialized P, K, and S seed-placed fertility in canola Lakeland College will conduct a 4 replicate, 8 treatment trial at the 2020 broadleaf research site.  Lakeland The Mosaic Company  The Mosaic Company  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Selecting crop sequences & developing a risk model to mitigate FHB in Western Canadian cereal production A field research trial will be initiated in spring 2019 at the Vermilion research site to generate data for the development of models to assess the risk of Fusarium Head Blight infection in spring wheat, winter wheat, barley and durum wheat.  Dr. Paul Bulloc, University of Manitoba Multiple, led by the University of Manitoba University of Manitoba subgrant; Primary funder: Agronomy Cluster (CAP)  April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2021
Sidebanding and mid-row banding Anuvia sulfur products with conventional products Lakeland will test various combinations of Anuvia fertilizer products in spring wheat.  Lakeland Anuvia Plant Nutrients Anuvia Plant Nutrients  April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
Surveillance Networks for Beneficial Insects II: expanding surveillance of reservoir habitats and measuring their contributions to canola yield Lakeland College will interface with agriculture equipment dealers to identify canola growers who have the capability to supply high quality yield mapping data. She will also manage the use of beneficial insect exclosures in canola fields in several Vermillion area fields in each of three years. Dr. Paul Galpern, University of Calgary University of Calgary    April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2023
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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