University of Saskatchewan plant scientist Kate Congreves has received funding from Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) to identify potato varieties which reduce environmental impact and cost, a news release from the U of S says.
She plans to test modern potato cultivars for improved nitrogen and phosphorus efficiency. By identifying the best potato varieties to grow in Saskatchewan, farmers will be able to boost yields, increase revenue and reduce fertilizer use, decreasing costs and improving soil quality, the release says.
Congreves project was one of 30 chosen at the U of S to receive a combined total of more than $8 million for research work. The ADF is a program jointly supported by the federal and provincial government through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership and is supplemented by industry partners.