Members of the Kelvington 4-H Grain Club went to the Saskatoon Research and Development Centre on the University of Saskatchewan campus this spring. They learned about biotechnology and plant genetics, something many do not understand the importance of in today’s farming practices.
Brody Morrow, Brayden Jones, Danika Morrow, Morgan Elmy, Keenan Sowa and Levi Sowa, with student ambassador Lauren Reynolds.
The day began with a brief overview of the facility’s operations, from husbandry, seeds and crops, to pests and pesticides. The club learned about the seed-saving program at Ag Canada and saw first-hand how seeds are grown in a temperature-controlled environment and how optimal growth is charted. They learned about disease-resistance work in crops, especially pulse crops like peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils.
They saw what crops are native to different parts of the world, an interesting topic. A visit to the entomology lab showed that with all crops come insects and pests. The club learned about certain pests that threaten crops in our area, some of which have been experienced in the members’ field plots.
They also took a quick tour of the husbandry side of the operation, an $11.5-million dairy barn complete with a Friesian dairy herd.
Submitted by Angela Jones