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AAC Crossfield Launch party celebrates the ground breaking 4-P agreement with new Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat variety.

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Aug 16, '18

(Calgary Alberta) August 16, 2018 – The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and CANTERRA SEEDS LTD. are pleased to launch AAC Crossfield – the first new variety resulting from their historic public, private, producer partnership (4-P). Celebrations will take place at a launch party at CANTERRA SEEDS Demonstration plots in Olds, AB later today.
 
AAC Crossfield seed is currently under production through CANTERRA SEEDS’ seed grower shareholders, and will be commercially available to farmers this fall in advance of Spring 2019 seeding. 
 
This first-of-its-kind partnership, totalling $3.4 million over five years, is aimed at combining the strengths of producers, along with the public and private sectors, to create improved CPSR wheat varieties for farmers. Breeding for this partnership is being led by Dr. Harpinder Randhawa based out of AAFC Lethbridge. 
 
“AWC and our 4-P partners are proud to launch AAC Crossfield,” said Kevin Bender, AWC Chair. “This is a great example of farmer dollars bringing new varieties to market.”
 
The launch party will be held at the CANTERRA SEEDS demonstration plots at Olds, AB. Attendees will hear from Dr. Harpinder Randhawa who will provide a technical overview of the variety and Colette Prefontaine with CANTERRA SEEDS LTD who will speak on the agronomic benefits of this variety.
 
"We are very excited to see the results of this ground-breaking partnership coming to life with the commercial release of AAC Crossfield," said David Hansen, President and CEO of CANTERRA SEEDS.
 
Under the agreement, AWC will receive a share of royalties on new varieties resulting from the program to be used for future CPSR research and development. CANTERRA SEEDS provides additional technical and field-testing capacity for the CPSR material from AAFC Lethbridge, and increased funding and support for the program as a whole. CANTERRA SEEDS receives first right of refusal on new varieties resulting from the 4-P program. CANTERRA SEEDS also provides links to the entire value chain, a deeper understanding of end-user requirements and broad experience in seed production and commercialization.

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5 Tips to Prepare for Harvest

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Aug 10, '18

Harvest time is nearly upon us in much of Western Canada. As you start your harvest prep, here are 5 tips from our team to ensure you are prepared.

1. Know Your Crops and Make a Plan

Make a rough outline of the crops and varieties you grew this year. Which crops will mature first, and if you grew multiple varieties of the same crop kind, which one(s) will turn faster? Did you have any fields damaged by severe weather, disease or insects? These fields might mature faster or have issues with lodging and might need to be bumped up the list. Alternatively, you may want to leave a damaged crop until later in the season, knowing it’s yield potential is already limited.

The ultimate goal is to develop a map for your order of harvest. Of course, you’ll also need to keep checking all fields for surprises in maturity and crop development.

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Tags: Education, Harvest

Everything Cereal Growers Need to Know About Plant Growth Regulators

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Jul 27, '18

What are Plant Growth Regulators and Why the Sudden Increase in Interest?

Plant growth regulators are sprayed on plants to modify their growth and development. In western Canadian cereal crops they can reduce plant height and increase stem thickness, which helps reduce lodging.

While plant growth regulators are relatively new to western Canadian cereal growers, they have been widely used in other parts of the world for many years. In Europe, 73% of the cereal acres were treated with a growth regulator, and 37% were treated more than once. Source

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Tags: Wheat, Education, Agronomy

Announcing our new TruFlex Hybrid

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Jul 16, '18

Today, CANTERRA SEEDS is announcing plans to launch a TruFlex™ canola with Roundup Ready® Technology hybrid to the market for the 2019 growing season.

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How to make your own canary seed "milk"

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Jun 15, '18

Canary seed, a cereal grain crop previously used as feed for caged and wild birds, was approved for human consumption by Health Canada in January of 2016. This was exciting news for Canadian growers who produce 65% of the world's canary seed.

Looking to give canary seed a try? Here's a homegrown recipe canary seed "milk" recipe from our seed growers - Ken and Lovane Clancy! They make canary seed beverage all the time and have it for breakfast or a healthy drink.

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Time to Start Scouting Canola Fields

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on May 25, '18
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Tags: Canola, Agronomy

How to Make Sure Your Soybeans Get A Good Start

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Apr 30, '18

Similar to corn, soybeans need a good start to get a strong stand. Along with the field being “fit” for planting, the first 24 hours after being put in the ground are very important. Just like corn, soybeans can get chilling injury from a cold first drink of water, resulting in a reduced stand, and possibly needing to replant.

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Is it worth it to break the rules of PBR?

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Apr 18, '18

 

 

Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) have been in place in Canada for over 25 years – but ongoing education of the rules continues to be important. CANTERRA SEEDS and others in the industry, are committed to building awareness of PBR, and to enforcing the intellectual property rights of our breeding partners.

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Tags: Regulation, Education

Canary Seed – Not Just "For the Birds" Anymore

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Mar 16, '18

Canary seed, a cereal grain crop previously used as feed for caged and wild birds, was recently approved for human consumption by Health Canada.

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Field to Froth: Red Shed Malting shares what you need to know about malt barley

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Mar 14, '18

Red Shed Malting at Penhold, AB tells us about why juggling different hats is so important for them when it comes to selecting the right malt varieties for their operation.

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Tags: Barley, Beer, AAC Connect, Malt, Field to Froth