Optimizing systems productivity, resilience and sustainability in the major Canadian ecozones

Posted on 26.06.2019 | Last Modified 26.06.2019
Lead Researcher (PI): Yantai Gan
Institution: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Total WGRF Funding: $273,281
Co-Funders: Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, Alberta Wheat Commission, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association, Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission
Start Date: 2018
Project Length: 5 Years

1) Determine best (more productive, sustainable, resilient) cropping systems for each of the ecozones; 2) Improve nutrient use efficiency by using a nutrient balance model to quantify the crop input and by exploring soil residual nutrients and mineralized-N using contemporary crop rotation sequencing; 3) Enhance system resiliency through the integration of BMPs; and 4) Improve long-term soil health by improving soil fertility and exploring beneficial soil microbiomes.