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Alley Cropping

The Saskatchewan Research Council established this agroforestry demonstration to be one of the first of its kind in Western Canada. This practice has the potential to diversify farm income while enhancing positive environmental interactions such as reducing surface water runoff and erosion, improving utilization of nutrients, reducing wind erosion, modifying the microclimate for improved crop production and improving wildlife habitat and the aesthetics of the area.

Balsam Poplar Common Garden

This research trial is a collaboration between AAFC Agroforestry Development Centre and the Saskatchewan Research Council. This Garden includes 630 balsam poplar genotypes from 42 locations across North America. This is one of three collections planted in Canada. The information from this trial is used for climate change research, species conservation, genomic studies and breeding.

Hybrid Willow Variety Demonstration

Short rotation willow has gained interest in recent years for bioenergy production and ecosystem services. This Saskatchewan Research Council planting aims to demonstrate the wide range of phenotypic characteristics and winter hardness of some of these new hybrids.

Biochars as Amendments to Improve Fertilizer and Water Use Efficiency and Sequester Carbon in Soil

Dr. Jeff Schoenau
Department of Soil Science
University of Saskatchewan

The project evaluates the effect of the addition of five different biochar types to two soil types at a rate of two tonnes per hectare, with and without added fertilizer over two growing seasons (2012 and 2013). The project is supported by the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund and is conducted by the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Soil Science in collaboration with Saskatchewan Research Council.

The study involves both controlled environment and field trials to evaluate the effect of the different types of biochar on soils and crops. Crop yield, nutrient uptake, soil nutrients, nutrient turnover as well as soil organic carbon and pH are measured. Two sites are employed for the study, one in the Brown soil zone in south-central Saskatchewan and the other in the Black soil zone at the Conservation Learning Centre near Prince Albert.

Biomass Trial

There is potential to farm willow and poplar for biomass for locally-produced energy to heat everything from schools to greenhouses to municipal buildings. This Saskatchewan Research Council demonstration is a small scale example of this renewable energy feedstock.

Dynamics of greenhouse gas flux from shelterbelts in the Boreal Plains and Prairie Eco-zones of Sask

Chukwudi Amadi
Department of Soil Science
University of Saskatchewan

Most agricultural practices contribute to increasing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which in turn contributes to global warming. Trees planted in the field can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by storing more carbon (C). The main aim of the project is to quantify, as well as model, the role of shelterbelts as a greenhouse gas mitigation strategy in agro ecological environments.

The quantification of net greenhouse gas emissions from shelterbelts compared to crop fields will provide a foundation for promoting shelterbelt establishment for C sequestration as well as other ecosystem services they provide. The results of this project will improve the ability to achieve more cost-effective longer-term sustainable mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions across most agricultural landscape. Data will be collected for three years from 2012 to 2014. Although studies will be conducted on shelterbelts within Saskatchewan, the analysis and results may be useful in other Prairie provinces and perhaps other parts of North America.


This demonstration is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Research Council and the AAFC Agroforestry Development Centre. This innovative, rapidly establishing shelterbelt design models natural hedgerows to provide environmental services.

Haskap Cultivar Selections
Since 1997, new cultivars continue to improve berry quality, size, flavour and form. Our relationship with the breeder ensures the latest developments in this new and exciting crop that is featured here at the Conservation Learning Centre.

Hybrid Poplar Clonal Trial

This research trial is a collaboration between AAFC Agroforestry Development Centre and the Saskatchewan Research Council. In 2009, 119 of the newest superior hybrid poplar clones were planted from the AAFC breeding program at the CLC. Information from this trial will help identify new poplars that can be used for agroforestry applications across Canada.

Living Snow Fence
The living snow fence is constructed out of 800 metres of Boyne raspberry bushes. This fence provides an extremely productive micro climate for other horticultural efforts as well as reducing soil erosin. From the photo, you can see its ability to trap snow. In the growing season, the berries seem endless.

School Program
The school program started in 1994 and has inspired over 29,000 students to ask where their food comes from and how it is produced. The success of this program can be demonstrated by the story of a youngster who participates in a school tour. He finishes his schooling, becomes a teacher in Prince Albert and now brings his students to the Conservation Learning Centre every year.
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221-1061 Central Avenue
Prince Albert, SK
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