Whole Farm Research

Whole Farm Research

  • Administrator: Manitoba Crop Alliance
  • Start date: 2023
  • Project Length: Up to five years
  • Project Status: Accepting LOIs


  • Whole Farm Research program: Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA) will lead and develop a research program that allows for a whole-farm, cross-commodity approach to research. The Whole Farm Research program is not crop-specific, thereby recognizing the research needs of diverse cropping systems across Manitoba. This multi-disciplinary approach leads to innovative solutions that benefit Manitoba producers now and into the future.

General Principles:

MCA Whole Farm Research projects are:

  • Innovative and forward-thinking.
  • Designed to answer farmers questions or resolve issues.
  • Solution-oriented, with actionable outcomes that producers can implement in their operations.
  • A pathway to assess and integrate new/next technology into Manitoba cropping systems.
  • Another channel to communicate and collaborate with other organizations, consumers and the public, in Manitoba and across Canada.
  • An opportunity to enhance communication with consumers and the public.

Research Priorities:

Crop Rotation Innovation

  • Rotation design considering nutrient-use efficiency, pest management, improved soil health, water-use efficiency and profitability (costs and benefits).
  • Economic analyses for Manitoba rotation choices.
  • Harvest management.

Soil Health

  • Implications of cropping system practices on soil organic matter, soil biology and soil physics.

Cover Crop and Intercropping

  • Options designed for Manitoba growing conditions.

Pest Management: Weeds, Diseases and Insects

  • Optimize current tools and minimize resistance pressure.
  • Next generation control options.
  • Integration of digital tools.


  • Extremes of moisture (i.e., managing drought and flood).
  • Irrigation and drainage innovation.

MCA is currently accepting letters of intent (LOIs) for Whole Farm Research projects to begin in 2023. LOIs will be accepted until Wednesday, April 13.

For more information, please contact:

Katherine Stanley

Research Program Manager, Special Crops

Manitoba Crop Alliance



Download and view the LOI invitation here.

Download the Letter of Intent (LOI) Template