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Research projects (Brandon Research and Development Centre)

The Brandon Research and Development Centre (Brandon RDC) supports innovative research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer activities related to three of the nine Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Sector Science Strategies.

Agro-ecosystem productivity and health

Scientists are developing crop management strategies to help farmers improve production and respond to weather and climate events. These strategies will enable informed decision-making based on land suitability; increase the efficient use of resources; reduce production input costs; and promote sustainable crop production.

Cereal and pulse

Brandon RDC develops new and improved genetic material in wheat, oat and barley for use primarily in Western Canada. Research is also conducted to improve the efficiency of nutrient and water utilization and to develop integrated crop management practices that reduce the impact of insects, disease and weeds on cereal and pulses.


Potato research focuses on developing site specific nitrogen and water management strategies and using chemical and agronomic practices to manage early dying complex.

Current research projects at Brandon
Project number Lead researcher Project title Budget* Duration: start Duration: end
J-000660 Badea, Ana Fusarium Head Blight screening of Crop Development Centre barley breeding selections 2001-2015 473,860 2011-05-01 2020-11-15
J-001280 Dubois, Melanie Developing prairie pollinator habitat support tools and understanding their contribution to agricultural production 341,105 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001329 Cavers, Curtis Developing a diagnostic tool for producers to assess soil aeration and soil moisture conditions in precision agriculture applications using of the non-limiting water range (NLWR)  28,109 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001333 Wilson, Henry Research, development, and transfer of knowledge for sustainable and climate change resilient agricultural management practices to mitigate nutrient runoff from agricultural landscapes in the Lake Winnipeg Basin 1,761,512 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001361 Glenn, Aaron Biogeochemical dynamics of Prairie and Mixedwood Plains cropland: mechanisms and practices that improve air, water, soil quality and nutrient-use efficiency  401,556 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001415 Butler, Robert Development of methodologies for two commercially available proximal sensors (Veris and Ground Penetrating Radar) to remove adoption barriers to AAFC research and adoption in precision agriculture 101,109 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001436 Cavers, Curtis Collaborative on-site research and development trials (corn) 9,229 2015-04-01 2020-03-31
J-001437 Cavers, Curtis Collaborative on-site research and development trials (canola) 17,321 2015-04-01 2020-03-31
J-001438 Cavers, Curtis Collaborative on-site research and development trials (pulse) 69,286.6 2015-04-01 2020-03-31
J-001555 Mohr, Ramona Flax yield response to a wide range of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer rates in western Canada 35,640 2016-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001568 Cavers, Curtis Collaborative on-site research and development trials (cereals) 3,105 2016-04-01 2021-03-31
J-001616 Mohr, Ramona Sustainable soybean cropping systems for western Manitoba 196,651 2017-04-01 2022-03-31
J-001648 Mohr, Ramona Management practices to optimize establishment and early growth of soybean 73,462 2017-04-01 2021-03-31
J-001650 Mohr, Ramona Impact of source and placement of nitrogen and sulphur fertilizers on canola 35,650 2017-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001688 Mitchell Fetch, Jennifer Research Support Agreement - Post-Doctoral Researcher to Shadow Dr, Jennifer Mitchell Fetch between Her Majesty and the Prairie Oat Growers Association 112,500 2017-04-01 2019-03-31
J-001715 Cavers, Curtis Soil compaction impacts on canola establishment 23,500 2017-04-03 2019-03-29
J-001825 Dubois, Melanie Pollination services:  Assessing and addressing current and future landscape scale deficits in agro-ecosystems 164,705 2018-04-01 2021-03-31
J-001837 Crittenden, Stephen Soil health in a changing climate: Adaptation of Soil management to drought that improve soil health and nutrient status 79,999 2018-04-01 2019-04-01
J-001998 Mohr, Ramona Economic and agronomic performance of emerging cropping systems for western Canada 863,940 2018-04-01 2023-03-31
J-002017 Badea, Ana Breeding malting and food barley cultivars for western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research and Development Centre assisted by new technologies 1,685,804.02 2018-04-01 2023-03-31
J-002019 Tucker, James Developing barley germplasm with improved resistance to Fusarium head blight and other biotic stresses for western Canada at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Brandon Research and Development Centre 2,020,797.97 2018-04-01 2023-03-31
J-002038 Mitchell Fetch, Jennifer Prairie Oat Breeding Consortium 3,172,665 2018-04-01 2023-03-31
*: The budget amount represents the forecast total project costs (not actual spending), including any offsets by revenues received from outside agencies/partners. It includes operations and maintenance funds used to purchase goods or services. It does not include salary dollars for staff working on the projects or any grant or contribution funds provided to outside partners for work on the projects.
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