The Beaverlodge Research Farm is marking 100 years of operations this year.
A day-long celebration is planned for tomorrow.
Research Scientist Dr. Steve Pernal says the public can drop in between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“The day’s oriented both to producers and members of the general public. We have field plot tours of our annual field crop research going on in the morning from 9:30 to 12:00. We’re actually going to have scientists here from other research centres in Canada talking about the agricultural research we’re doing here at Beaverlodge.”
He adds there will also be displays of equipment, crops and research work.
“People can see examples of our history and certainly a very good walk-through and interaction with the staff on the research we do here. I would encourage you if you’re a producer that wants to come out and see the actual field plot research that we’re doing, (or) anybody who just wants to get out for the day and see what we do here, this is one of the best open houses we’ll have, certainly for many years to come. ”
Many crop varieties were developed at the farm.
Pernal says that work is an important part of the farm’s past.
“Many years ago, all of the what were then called the Dominion experimental sub-stations did everything for pioneers in the region and, certainly, for the region as it emerged in agriculture. Some of our historical displays will talk about some of the actual horticultural work that was done in the past. That’s not an active research area today.”
The farm will host a centennial open house tomorrow (Friday). Tours and displays will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free barbecue lunch starts at Noon, with a formal presentation to follow.