Field monitoring of the effects of HumaTerra’s Soil Enhancers on crops and soils- SK-021

Desired discipline(s): Engineering - other, Engineering, Agriculture, Natural Sciences, Environmental sciences
Company: Humaterra
Project Length: 4 to 6 months
Preferred start date: As soon as possible.
Language requirement: English
Location(s): Saskatoon and Tisdale, SK, Canada
No. of positions: 1
Preferred institutions: University of Manitoba, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan

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About the company: 

Humaterra (HT)( was set up in 2016 by a team of passionate farmers, scientists, and investors, who firmly believe that the soil's health is at the heart of sustainable and regenerative farming practices, healthy food supply,  and in turn, consumers’ health. Revitalizing the soil's life web has many benefits such as enhancing the nutritional quality of crops, enforcing plant root systems, lowering fossil fuel emission by reducing the need for pesticides and using the fertilizer inputs in a more efficient way. All this is possible by using and composting organic waste which is collected wherever available and then transformed into micro-organism rich pellets. This way, HT offers sustainable, cost-effective and user-friendly solutions to food growers who chose to adopt regenerative practices while improving their margins. If we take care of the land—the land will take care of us.

Please describe the project.: 

HumaTerra has now 4 years of results and data on the feasibility of the project described hereabove.  During this period it gathered expertise on the various steps needed to make the venture operational:

  • Expertise on critical steps in composting, on formulating the  soil enhancers (SEs) and on field trials of the SEs
  • Two types of field trials were implemented;
  • On commercial farms : head to head comparisons of yields  between a SE treated and non-treated parcel;
  • Independent testing;
  • Third-party testing of the SEs in controlled RCTs
  • Mainly yield comparisons, some preliminary crop quality and soil parameters.

The trials showed that yields could increase in Year 1  in the crops that were tested.

A more extensive and continuous demonstration of the effects of the HT SEs must now be implemented. The project is thus, in coordination with the scientific and technical manager of HT  to implement a Phase II field follow-up protocol that should lead in the near future to a standard HT field QC follow-up procedure (ultimately becoming a service to farmers), including:

  • Crop yield and quality; sampling, analyzing and processing data
  • Soil parameters;  determining key parameters, sampling, analyzing  and processing data

Required expertise/skills: 

  • The candidate should have an agricultural background either by education, either by experience.
  • Education should be master in agriculture, engineering, environmental sciences or related areas.  He/she should be open to sustainable agriculture, recycling, waste management. Motivation and attitude are important.
  • The location of the activity is East of Saskatoon, so the candidate should preferrably come from this area.
  • The candidate, if successful and interested, could later become the technical manager of HT