Research seminar: A field study of very early soybean adoption in Western Canada

Prof Richard Gray
Date Thursday 15 March 2018
Time 1pm - 2pm
Where MSB.1.03, level one, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Presenter Prof of Agriculture and Resource Economics Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan
Admission Cost Free

Professor of Agriculture Richard Gray (University of Saskatchewan, Canada) will give a free public seminar at Waikato Management School on 15 March at 1pm.

Western Canada's Saskatchewan region is a world leader in pulse innovation, and recently eclipsed India as the world’s largest lentil producer. Aided by molecular-assisted selection, new daylight insensitive soybean varieties (000) are increasingly suited for production in Western Canada located above 49 degrees latitude.

In a recent study, Professor Gray examined the factors driving the very early adoption of soybeans at a time when soybeans made up less than 1% of seeded area. In the summer of 2016, 39 Saskatchewan producers were interviewed via one-hour direct farm visits or telephone interviews.

Professor Gray joined the University of Saskatchewan in 1990 after completing his PhD in agricultural and resource economics from UC Berkeley. Over time, his policy research has increasingly focused on various aspects of agricultural research and innovation systems. From 2003 to 2013, he led the Canadian Agricultural Innovation Research Network.

Richard is a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He regularly provides advice to farm organisations and government regarding innovation policy. His active engagement in the family grain farm continues to provide first-hand experience with agriculture.

No RSVP is required if you wish to attend this seminar, please just come along on the day.