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Research station tour slated next week


The Emo Research Station will be open to anyone interested in research projects, industry news, or just studying crop success next Tuesday (July 24) at 7 p.m.

The station, owned and operated by the University of Guelph, hosts the open house each year to share its ongoing projects with the public.

This year, along with a tour of current grain and pasture research crops, a couple of specialists will be on hand to discuss future endeavours and industry trends.

Joining station manager Kim Jo Calder will be forage specialist Jack Kyle and Gord Scheifele, research co-ordinator for the University of Guelph.

“It’s not just what we’re doing but what’s going on in the industry,” noted Calder “[Scheifele’s] working on a very big project with China and Hungary on the fibre flax.”

Although the station suffered a rough spring, some crops are beginning to recover, to a certain extent, with the hot weather over the past couple of weeks.

“The pasture and seed crops could do with a shower but we’re not going to wish for that because it doesn’t know when to stop,” said Calder.

For some crops, she noted, the final yield will be hard to estimate until harvest as some plants are reaching maturity without having attained their normal growth.

“Barley does look the worst but [the] oats are not so bad,” she said. “There are areas that were washed out and things are not developed.”

Among the trials this year, station staff planted 11 20-foot blocks of different pasture varieties to be used as a guide for district farmers.

This year, the plants are only three-four cm long but by next year, the blocks should become worth studying by those planting their own crops.

With coffee and doughnuts also to be on hand next Tuesday evening, station staff welcome anyone out to the open house--farmers or not.

“Everyone can come, lots of people come just to check it out,” said Calder. “Of course, we have the hybrid poplar trees and things like that.”

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