CFCRA – Corn Research Project

Canadian Field Crops Research Alliance (CFCRA) – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) – Corn Research Projects
MCGA funding of $93,000 per year (2018 – 2023)

The CFCRA – AAFC ’s CAP Corn Project funding includes $2.6 million from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and $1.1 million from industry partners and 2 major activities.

Development of short season, cold tolerant, disease resistant corn inbreds headed by Dr. Lana Reid corn breeder at AAFC Ottawa with test sites in Manitoba and eastern Canada. This activity has two objectives predominantly aimed at the grain corn industry:

  • Objective 1 – Development and release of early maturing cold tolerant corn inbreds with emphasis on the 1800-2000 CHU market.
  • Objective 2 – Development of corn inbreds with improved disease resistance to gibberella ear rot (GER), northern corn leaf blight (NCLB), Goss’s wilt, common rust, and eyespot.

“Cross-Canada agronomic and environmental benefit of advanced 4R nitrogen management of grain corn” headed by Dr. Mario Tenuta, Dept. of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba with Researchers from Manitoba and the rest of eastern Canada.

The objectives of this project are:

  • Determine if advanced 4R N management for QC, ON,and MB conditions change the most economical rate of nitrogen (MERN) and improves grower return on investment (ROI). This will build on and complement the research we have already funded in Manitoba aimed at updating nitrogen recommendations for modern hybrids.
  • Determine if advanced 4R N management for QC, ON, and MB conditions reduces N losses to the environment.
  • Determine if a novel practice of single vs double injection bands in combination with depth placement and N source reduce N losses and increase corn grain yield in ON.
  • Advance grower tools for in-season nitrogen rate determination.