The Emo Agriculture Research Station (E.A.R.S) is located in Northwest Ontario in the township of Chapple, Rainy River District approximately 1 mile west of Emo, Ontario. It is based on 133 acres of clay/loam soil.
In 1984 the need for crop production information relative to Northwestern Ontario was identified by the Rainy River Soil & Crop Improvement Association. A crop testing site was proposed and later approved for funding through the AgriNorth program, a joint agricultural development initiative of the Ministries of Agriculture & Food and Northern Affairs & Mines. The project, officially named CropCheck North had as its mandate the evolution and demonstration of crop varieties and production methods adapted to Northwestern Ontario.
Through the project, area farmers are provided with up-to-date information to assist them in making informed crop management decisions. The project activities are directed through the combined efforts of the Rainy River Soil & Crop Improvement Association and the New Liskeard College of Agricultural Technology.
We quickly outgrew our "CropCheck North" site and moved to our current location just outside of Emo in 1990.
The Rainy River District offers some of the greatest potential for Agricultural Development in Northern Ontario. Suitable cultivar and crop management practices based upon data collected under local conditions will enhance development of Agriculture in this district.
We are very well situated to demonstrate both Eastern and Western recognized crop varieties. E.A.R.S has also focused on adapted crop species including spring wheat, barley, oats, canola, soybeans, flax, and perennial forages such as alfalfa, clovers, and grasses. Research areas include cultivar evaluation, crop nutrition and new species evaluation. In addition, research on renewable fuel and fibre crops, such as hybrid poplar, hemp, switch grass and miscanthus has been conducted.