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All About Seed Series

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Sep 21, '18

 

At CANTERRA SEEDS, we are all about seed. The company was started by 9 seed growers, and today we have grown into the most diverse seed company in Western Canada. Our diverse portfolio includes over 50 varieties in 10 different crop types.... to put in simply, we know a lot about seed.

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Wheat Standability in the Snow

Posted by Cosmin Badea on Sep 17, '18

Last week the Peace Region received an early dump of snow. Much of the crop is still in the field to be harvested.

Amidst the snow, an interesting result that was observed by Jesse Meyer, our Peace Region Territory Manager, was the standability of AAC Connery.

Compared to the other varieties on his farm, AAC Connery stood up the best, and was largely unaffected by the snow. This will allow farmers to get back in the field sooner, and will also help with grade retention.

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Brian Knull Memorial Scholarship

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Sep 13, '18

The Brian Knull Memorial Scholarship honours the memory of Brian Knull, our coworker and friend.  

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2018 Local Trial Results

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Sep 12, '18

Being a full portfolio seed company, CANTERRA SEEDS invests in a full network of local performance trials across Western Canada every summer.

Some of these trials are managed by our in-house team, like the Success Site at Portage la Prairie, MB.

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How to Estimate Your Soybean Yields

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Aug 30, '18

There are numerous factors that affect soybean yields - management factors, weather, variety choice. But an estimate of your yield can be calculated by looking at the number of pods, seed size and number of seeds per pod.

Here is a calculation that will allow you to estimate your soybean yield.

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Combine Tips for Harder to Thresh Wheat

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Aug 21, '18

With every variety you take the good with the not so good….in the case of AAC Connery CWRS, it has excellent protein, high-quality retention and grade retention, however, some growers find it harder to thresh. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your AAC Connery crop.

The ultimate goal is to maintain straw and head integrity until it reaches the threshing components of the combine.

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Addressing Durum Growers’ #1 Concern, Moisture

Posted by CANTERRA SEEDS on Aug 20, '18

We’ve had a dry year in a lot of the Prairies this year. The main durum growing areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta are no exception. So, it is not surprising that in a recent poll, growers named their number one durum concern to be too much/too little moisture.

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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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Swathing Canola: Understanding the 60% Seed Colour Change Rule

Posted by Shaan Tsai on Aug 1, '18

 

Canola harvest will be happening soon, and farmers are looking for ways to get as much of their crop in the bin as possible. The traditional approach to accomplish this has been to swath at 60% seed colour change (SCC). Any earlier, and you could lose yield, any later and you can also lose yield – seems like a pretty narrow window! But as many growers can attest, this 60% rule is more art than science. Read More

Tags: Agronomy, Canola