As part of their 40th Anniversary, WGRF commissioned a survey to identify and confirm cross cutting crop production issues of greatest concern to western Canadian farmers.

WGRF’s research priorities and processes have evolved throughout its 40-year history. That is why it was so important to reach out to stakeholders for their views on the most pressing issues affecting farmers now and in the future.

The survey was conducted by Amaethon Agricultural Solutions from January to March 2021. Over that time Amaethon conducted 60 interviews with a total of 187 participants from all regions of the prairies. Respondents were asked what western field crop production could look like in the short (5 year) and longer term (10-20 years).

There was general agreement that farms would likely continue to get larger. Cereals, canola and pulses would continue to be the major acreage crops grown but there was considerable divergence of opinion on which crops would have expansion opportunities and those that would decline in popularity. Research implications were identified in the areas of crop and soil management, sustainability and precision agriculture.

WGRF will be conducting a series of workshops in 2021 to identify research implications that will influence WGRF’s future research funding initiatives.

WGRF would like to thank everyone that participated in this survey.