Assiniboine receives $83k funding for white mould management research

Dr. Baljeet Singh teaches first year Agribusiness students in the field.

Assiniboine Community College has received $41,850 from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Ag Action Manitoba Program with matching funding from the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) for a total $83,700 for the research project. The funding, to come in April 2021, will support research focused on managing white mould in dry beans grown in Manitoba’s climate.

“White mould is a serious threat to many Manitoba crops, including dry beans,” said Dr. Baljeet Singh, researcher at Assiniboine, who is the principle investigator on the project.

To prevent crop losses to white mould, we will work to provide real-time disease risk warnings for Manitoba growers.

The project, officially titled “Weather Based Fungicide Application Decision Support Tool (FADST) for Managing White Mould in Dry Beans in Manitoba” will be carried out in three phases over two years, starting with optimizing a disease severity model, then developing and releasing a weather-based FADST that Manitoba producers can use to manage white mould in dry beans.

The FADST will combine information surrounding weather data, white mould severity and agronomic practices to assist Manitoba producers in making informed fungicide application decisions.

“This important research will ultimately enhance Manitoba producers’ ability to optimize yields in dry beans,” said Tim Hore, Dean of the School of Agriculture & Environment at Assiniboine.

We thank the CAP Ag Action Manitoba Program and MPSG for recognizing this need and supporting this research.

“Dry beans represent an important, growing market in Manitoba,” said Dr. Daryl Domitruk, Executive Director of Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG). “Research partnerships such as the one MPSG has with Assiniboine Community College to tackle the issue of white mould are vital to ensuring our farmers are as supported as possible and vital to establishing dry beans as a viable crop option in multiple regions of Manitoba.“

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s Ag Action Manitoba Program supports industry-driven applied research. This research contributes to the development of agricultural knowledge and skills and improves competitiveness and sustainability in Manitoba’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-product sectors.

“We’re happy to support this important research initiative with the Assiniboine Community College,” said Blaine Pedersen, Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development. “White mould can be detrimental to bean crops, severely reducing their yields. Manitoba producers will greatly benefit from the research being undertaken by the college.”