Swift Current Research and Development Centre

  • Cereal

 

The Swift Current Research and Development Centre (Swift Current RDC) was established in 1920 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. It is one of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) network of 20 research and development centres.

The Centre is associated with two satellite locations:

  • Indian Head Research Farm (IHRF), Indian Head, SK; and

  • Prairie Directorate Regina Office, Regina, SK

Areas of Research

Swift Current RDC focuses on developing varieties of spring wheat and durum; agronomic research into pulses and specialty crops; environmentally-sustainable production practices; and improved nutrition for pasture-fed beef. It also leads initiatives on bio-products, environmental stewardship and sustainable development, including mitigating the impact of climate change and maximizing producer returns, while reducing agricultural impacts on the environment.

Search Research projects from the Swift Current Research and Development Centre to learn more about what we do.

Sector Needs

The Swift Current RDC carries out innovative research, development, technology and knowledge transfer activities in support of the AAFC's Strategic Plan for Science, which include:

Research on spring and durum wheat includes genomics-assisted breeding, incorporating resistance to pre-harvest sprouting and weather-related damage, mitigating weather- and disease-induced loss of market value and food quality, and reducing losses from pests and disease, with special emphasis on Fusarium Head Blight and abiotic stresses.

Swift Current RDC is a Centre of Excellence for Rangeland Management of Beef. Research includes native forage breeding, production and management; riparian ecology and biodiversity; and ecologically based approaches and solutions that support sustainable agricultural systems. The Centre is home to the only facility in Canada that tests the salinity tolerance of plants.

Integrated cropping systems and best management practices for cereals, pulses, forages and woody species are enhancing environmental performance and sustainability, improving agriculture water inputs and sustainable water use practices, developing irrigation and drainage technologies, and integrating trees with crops and livestock.

Meet our Scientists

Find out more about the scientists at Swift Current Research and Development Centre through their profiles below.

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Scientists and researchers

Image Aklilu Alemu
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Bill Houston
Senior Range and Forage Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Barbara Cade-Menun
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Fardausi (Shathi) Akhter
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jillian Bainard
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Chao (Tony) Yang
Research Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Chemist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image François Philippe Teste
Research Scientist - Soil Ecology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Jatinder Singh Sangha
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Michelle Hubbard
Research Scientist - Pulse Pathology
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Image Shanna Quilichini
Salinity Laboratory Lead Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Research Biologist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 

Publications

  1. Hossain, Z., Hubbard, M., Gan, Y., Bainard, L.D. (2021). Root rot alters the root-associated microbiome of field pea in commercial crop production systems. Plant and Soil, [online] 460(1-2), 593-607. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11104-020-04779-8

    2021 - View publication details

  2. Heron, T., Strawn, D.G., Dobre, M., Cade-Menun, B.J., Deval, C., Brooks, E.S., Piaskowski, J., Gasch, C., Crump, A. (2021). Soil Phosphorus Speciation and Availability in Meadows and Forests in Alpine Lake Watersheds With Different Parent Materials. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, [online] 3 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2020.604200

    2021 - View publication details

  3. Kumar, S., Fetch, T.G., Knox, R.E., Singh, A.K., Clarke, J.M., Depauw, R.M., Cuthbert, R.D., Campbell, H.L., Singh, D., Bhavani, S., Pozniak, C.J., Meyer, B., Clarke, F.R. (2021). Mapping of Ug99 stem rust resistance in Canadian durum wheat. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, [online] 43(4), 599-611. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07060661.2020.1843073

    2021 - View publication details

  4. Alemu, A.W., Shreck, A.L., Booker, C.W., McGinn, S.M., Pekrul, L.K.D., Kindermann, M., Beauchemin, K.A. (2021). Use of 3-nitrooxypropanol in a commercial feedlot to decrease enteric methane emissions from cattle fed a corn-based finishing diet. Journal of Animal Science, [online] 99(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jas/skaa394

    2021 - View publication details

  5. Liu, J., Han, C., Zhao, Y., Yang, J., Cade-Menun, B.J., Hu, Y., Li, J., Liu, H., Sui, P., Chen, Y., Ma, Y. (2020). The chemical nature of soil phosphorus in response to long-term fertilization practices: Implications for sustainable phosphorus management. Journal of Cleaner Production, [online] 272 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.123093

    2020 - View publication details

  6. Fan, J., McConkey, B.G., St. Luce, M., Brandt, K. (2020). Rotational benefit of pulse crop with no-till increase over time in a semiarid climate. European Journal of Agronomy, [online] 121 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eja.2020.126155

    2020 - View publication details

  7. Hubbard M and Hossain Z (2020) 2020 survey of ascochyta blight in commercial chickpea fields in Saskatchewan

    2020 - View publication details

  8. Zhang, W., Boyle, K., Brûlé-Babel, A.L., Fedak, G., Gao, P., Robleh Djama, Z., Polley, B., Cuthbert, R.D., Randhawa, H.S., Jiang, F., Eudes, F., Fobert, P.R. (2020). Genetic Characterization of Multiple Components Contributing to Fusarium Head Blight Resistance of FL62R1, a Canadian Bread Wheat Developed Using Systemic Breeding. Frontiers in Plant Science, [online] 11 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.580833

    2020 - View publication details

  9. Bainard, L.D., Evans, B., Malis, E., Yang, T., Bainard, J.D. (2020). Influence of Annual Plant Diversity on Forage Productivity and Nutrition, Soil Chemistry, and Soil Microbial Communities. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, [online] 4 http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2020.560479

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  10. Zhang, X.M., Gruninger, R.J., Alemu, A.W., Wang, M., Tan, Z.L., Kindermann, M., Beauchemin, K.A. (2020). 3-Nitrooxypropanol supplementation had little effect on fiber degradation and microbial colonization of forage particles when evaluated using the in situ ruminal incubation technique. Journal of Dairy Science (JDS), [online] 103(10), 8986-8997. http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.2019-18077

    2020 - View publication details