Current Research at the Ontario Crops Research Centre – Simcoe
The following is a list of current projects at the Ontario Crops Research Centre – Simcoe. Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property.
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Update regarding COVID-19
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Current research studies
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|Objective||To evaluate sub-surface drip irrigation in the production of asparagus grown in the field.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||This research will provide information for the asparagus industry that will increase yield, quality and longevity of asparagus plantings, while reducing water delivery costs and disease and weed problems.|
|Objective||To establish baseline data on how best to grow cup crop (Silphium perfoliatum L.) in Ontario, determine biomass yields, optimize ensiling parameters for preservation, and quantify the value of the biomass when used for either biogas production or as dairy feed.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||
Further growth of the biogas industry at farm-scale requires stable, local feedstocks to be available which return higher biogas yields than are possible with manure alone. There is strong interest in the development of the biogas and renewable natural gas industries in Ontario. Stable, local feedstocks--which return higher biogas yields than are possible with manure alone--are required for further growth. Establishing a perennial bioenergy crop such as cup plant is one potential solution to this challenge.
|Objective||To reduce impacts of cyclamen mite (CM) in strawberries by developing innovative, molecular-based detection tools for CM on young strawberry leaves and by assessing the resistance of different strawberry cultivars to CM.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||
This research will position Ontario strawberry growers to more effectively manage cyclamen mite, reduce acaricide (pesticide) use, and improve yields and profitability.
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|Benefit to Agri-food||This project will help the Ontario potato sector remain competitive by extending the growing season for Ontario chipping potatoes. This will reduce the import costs for potato processors and increase the market share for high-value chip potatoes for local growers. This study will also provide recommendations to the Ontario potato industry for managing diseases, such as potato early dying complex, effectively and sustainably.|
To investigate the performance (yield, fruit quality and winter injury risk) of four wine grape (Vitis vinifera) cultivars grafted onto several size-controlling rootstocks including native Ontario wild grape (riparia) selections.
|Benefit to Agri-food||The new rootstock selections may result in reduced vine size with enhanced winter survival, faster fall acclimation rates and earlier fruit maturity which would benefit all high-vigour, cold-challenged vineyards.|