Eastern Canadian farmers are getting help from Ottawa in with on how to grow better canola and soybeans in the region.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced $3.3 million in research funding for the Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance. The alliance will match the funding.

pe-si-roryfrancis

The quality of the soybean is important for getting into the most profitable markets, says Rory Francis, president of the Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance. (CBC)

P.E.I. canola farmer Allan Ling said finding and developing varieties that grow well in the region is important.

"Because of our climate here we are always looking for new varieties, shorter season varieties, varieties that we can harvest in late September, early October, versus late October," said Ling.

"The research is very, very important to us."

The soybean research will also focus on the best varieties for the eastern Canadian climate, with an eye on selling to the Japanese market.

"For them it's like making fine wine, so we're producing in Eastern Canada the grapes in their fine wine," said Rory Francis, president of the Eastern Canada Oilseeds Development Alliance.

In addition to helping farmers focused on oilseeds, the research will also help potato farmers, who will be able to plant the crops in rotation with potatoes, providing them with a more profitable option than the traditional wheat or barley.