The first day consisted of ten research talks from five research institutions, ranging from plant molecular genetics to ecosystem services to pathology to food science. The second day consisted of a field tour of long-term cropping system research trials and perennial grain breeding plots, including intermediate wheatgrass, perennial rye, perennial sunflower and perennial wheat. Make sure to check out the agenda and the presentations from sessions.
Research scientists shared results from ongoing and recently completed projects
and discussed future directions of their work. Thanks to Doug Cattani and his team
and to Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives for making this meeting
The session also included a tour of the facilities. Take a glance at the perennial grain in Manitoba.
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Our hardworking grad students Sienna Tinsley, Christine Sprunger and Nikhil Jaikumar were able to present their preliminary data and results they have collected regarding perennial grains to the group. Throughout the field day, farmers were encouraged to interact with the grad students to learn more and ask questions regarding the growing promise of perennial grains. With this, the farmers were able to evaluate the potential crops for their needs. Though we haven’t reached our goals with perennial grains yet, we were able to leran more about about the research that’s being done and discuss potential outcomes for such crops.