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Morris backs new U of S crops lab

The University of Saskatchewan’s planned Grains Innovation Laboratory and other crop development research will be the beneficiaries of a donation from ag equipment firm Morris Industries.

The Saskatoon-based firm said Wednesday it will provide $100,000 in combined cash and in-kind donations, including funding toward the GIL, now under construction, and the use of new equipment for the U of S Crop Development Centre.

The company said it will provide a 41-foot contour drill and 8300 Eight series air cart for the CDC’s use for three years, as well as a “significant” cash donation for the GIL, scheduled for completion this fall.

The GIL is expected to provide expanded space for CDC scientists to screen varieties of plants such as malting barley, wheat, pulses, flax, and oats for quality characteristics, with an eye toward improving products such as beer, bread, pasta, pea soup, flaxseed oil and breakfast cereals.

CDC managing director Dorothy Murrell said in Morris’ release that the use of the new drill and air cart will help the CDC seed its 3,000 acres “in a more accurate and efficient way.”

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