New $15M research farm for Saskatchewan

REGINA – Grain-handling giant Richardson International has announced plans to create a $15-million research farm in Saskatchewan.

It says Bennett Farm will help put the latest seed varieties, crop input products and equipment to the test in real growing conditions.

The 180-hectare demonstration farm and training centre is to be located in Richardson, outside of Regina.

The Winnipeg-based Richardson has operated Kelburn Farm, a 200-hectare research farm just south of Winnipeg, since 1997.

The company says the Saskatchewan research farm will allow it to gather more accurate information on how crops and products perform in different growing environments.

Initial site work began last fall and the first crop was planted this spring.

“Bennett Farm will be much more than a research facility,” said Richardson president and CEO Curt Vossen.

“We are committed to making a significant investment in the province of Saskatchewan and creating a prominent education and training centre for students of all ages.”