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Spotlight on AWC-funded Research

AWC invests in research projects that maximize crop performance. Check out Spotlight on Research, our new publication that highlights AWC-funded projects aimed at boosting your bottom line.

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Managing wireworms in southern Alberta wheat fields with crop rotations and beneficial insects

Wireworms are a soil-dwelling pest that attacks wheat seeds and seedlings. The pest has re-emerged as a problem across Canada in wheat and other crops such as potato. This project will contribute to the integrated pest management (IPM) in Alberta…

Integrated Management of Stripe Rust in Wheat for Alberta

This 3 year research project aims to monitor incidence and severity of stripe rust in Alberta through annual surveys, determining the virulence of prevalent wheat races, and identification and characterizing new sources of resistance including introgression…

Fusarium graminearum in Alberta wheat and corn: how bad is it really?

Fusarium graminearum is a regulated pest listed on the Alberta Pests Act. There is evidence that the distribution and severity of F. graminearum in Alberta is increasing. It is difficult to accurately pinpoint F. graminearum distribution from seed…

Biology and control of foxtail barley

Foxtail barley is a difficult to control weed that can be managed within a competitive crop rotation, but location in saline areas tends to decrease crop competition, making growers more dependent on chemical control. This research project proposes…

Fighting rust fungal crop threats through integrated genomics research

This 4 year project will analyze 60 Canadian wheat genomes, combined with comparative analysis of available stem and stripe rust information, to select for important virulence factors against wheat. These genomic information will allow for future…

Development of synthetic food bait traps to monitor multiple cutworm pests and minimize bee by-catch

This 3 year proposal aims to develop a trap to monitor cutworms (a pest species that damages several Canadian crops). The goal of this research is to create a food-based lure to attract both sexes of multiple species of cutworm, but not bee pollinators.…

An integrated approach to FHB Management in Alberta

This proposed research will investigate an integrated approach to disease management using readily-adoptable agronomic practices alone or in combination to identify management practices that have the greatest impact on FHB severity and losses in southern…

Coordinated surveillance, forecasting and risk warning systems for field crop insect pests of the prairie ecosystem

Insect pest of field crops in western Canada fall into three categories: (i) native insects such as grasshoppers ( all crops), wheat stem sawfly (cereals), lygus (broadleaf crops); (ii) invasive alien species such as wheat midge (wheat and triticales),…

Performance and cost of field scouting for weeds and diseases using imagery obtained with an unmanned aerial vehicle

Civilian uses for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are rapidly expanding as the technology is becoming more affordable. Today’ s most common UAVs for professional use are capable of payloads of 1-5 kg, have flight times of 15-30 min. and ranges…

Use of antifungal lipids in crop protection

This project aims to determine whether antifungal lipids are an economically viable alternative to current fungicides in crop protection. Based on the high specific activity of these hydroxy fatty acids, improved control of phytopathogens by antimicrobial…

Biology and Management of Glyphosate-Resistant Kochia

In 2012 and 2013 numerous other fields were confirmed to contain glyphosate-resistant kochia in Alberta and south-western Saskatchewan. There are >50 confirmed glyphosate-resistant kochia sites at this time. Thus, it is quite evident that glyphosate-resistant…