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PublicationsMailAgreement40030841germination.caSEPTEMBER2014Regardlessoftheenvironmentoodingordroughtimprovedcorngeneticswithstandthepressures.OUTERSPACEPLAYSHOMETOSEEDEXPERIMENTSComputerGeniesMakePersonalizedFoodPossibleHIGHLIGHTSfromCSTASANNUALMEETINGResearchBeneftsNativeFlowersTOPYIELDSAREROOTEDINSCIENCE ForgenerationstheSzentimreyfamilyhasbeenproducinghighqualitycertifiedseedofSeCangeneticsonourfarmnearBranchtonOntario.Itsinourgenes.GenesthatfityourfarmisaregisteredtrademarkofSeCan.www.secan.comItsinourgenes.Itsinourgenes. SEPTEMBER20141eaturesCONTENTSdepartmentsIfwedoagoodjobfocusingongrowerneedsthenpositioningaproductisconsistentwhetherahybridcontainsatraitornot.StrategySession22Thepublicisspeakingoutagainsttechnologythatitdoesntunderstandwithanemotionalandalmostfearfulcry.GiantViews4830WorldStatus36CrossPollination38RegulatoryRoundup39CSTA40CSGA42CSAAC44IndustryNews4606HeadingDownNewAvenuesCanadaspulsesectorisnavigatingnewterritorythankstoongoingresearcheortsandnewareasoinvestment.08NativeBenetsTohelpCanadaimproveitscompetitivenessintheforiculturemarketoneresearcherocusesonnatives.10WhatsNextforASDAscertiedseedcropinspectorsroundouttheyearandocialsbegintoevaluatetheprogramGerminationaskswhatsnext12CanadasChangingCropMixCornandsoybeansbegintocompetewithtraditionalcropsorwesternarmacres.Discoverthekeydrivers.20AdvancementsinCerealBreedingCheckoutthelatesttechniquesbreedersareusingtodelivermoreprotablevarietiestoarmers.26SpotlightonCSTATheassociationsPeterEntzandPattyTownsendwalkyouthroughaewoCSTAspriorityissues.29NewHybridRyeIsaGame-ChangerWiththelaunchoBrasettoFPGeneticspartnerswithPatersonGraintoshowcasethevarietysmillingquality.30TheNextFrontierSpaceexplorationdeliversnewtechnologiesoragricultureandtheseedindustry.34MadeJustforYouFuturistRichardWorzelshareshisthoughtsontheutureoood.Learnhowitmightaectyou.29September2014 2PACKINGPALLETIZINGCOMPANYPPCAUTOMATICTAGPLACER1TO5TAGSPERBAGUPTO35BAGSPERMINUTEWORKSWITHALLBRANDSOFSEWERSCANHANDLETAGSOFALLMATERIALTYPESPATENTEDTECHNOLOGYTHREETAGGERSHOWNINPICTURET204331-3000www.ppcinc.caEtpppcinc.caSeptember2014-Vol.18No.4ThemagazineotheCanadianseedindustryPUBLISHEDBYIssuesInk6327435CanadaLtd.403-313PacicAvenueWinnipegMBR3A0M2Phone204453-1965Fax204475-5247emailissuesissuesink.comGermination.caPUBLISHERShawnBrooksbrookissuesink.comEDITORJulieDeeringjdeeringissuesink.comEDITORIALMarkHalsallmhalsallissuesink.comLindsayHomanlhofmanissuesink.comShannonSchindlesschindleissuesink.comMarcZienkiewiczmzienkiewiczissuesink.comMARKETINGCraigArmstrongcarmstrongissuesink.comBrendaEzinickibezinickiissuesink.comAdriaGrewalagrewalissuesink.comJillHollosijhollosiissuesink.comMaeganMarriottmmarriottissuesink.comSamMostafasmostaaissuesink.comHitenShahhshahissuesink.comCREATIVETheresaKurjewiczLesleyNakonechnyDIGITALKyleDratowanyJeHiebertCalebMcDonaldVinceMendellaCIRCULATIONDeanFrenchdrenchissuesink.comShawnaShimnowskisschimnowskiissuesink.comCONTRIBUTORSDaveBauteMariaBrownEDITORIALBOARDDaveAkisterHollyGelechShaunHaneyToddHyraDougKnightLeeMarkertRyanMurrayTimWelbanksSUBSCRIPTIONSCanada47.25yearincludingGSTForeign95yearGerminationmakesnoexpressedorimpliedwarrantiesomerchantabilityortnessoraparticularpurposeorotherwiseconcerningtheuseoanyproductandassumesnoliabilityoranyinjuryordamagedirectorconsequentialincurredromtheuseosuchproductsorservicestherein.FederalProvincialandMunicipallawsandregulationssupersedetheinormationcontainedherein.PublicationsMailAgreementNo.40030841.ReturnundeliverableCanadianaddressestoIssuesInk403-313PacicAvenueWinnipegMBR3A0M2PRINTEDINCANADAPleaserecyclewhereacilitiesexist.NopartothismagazinemaybereproducedwithoutthewrittenpermissionothepublisherGERMINATION.CALetsGrowTogether PROVIDINGCROPINSURANCEFROMTHEINSIDEOUTBIOFORGEPROTECTSMILLIONSOFACRESOFWEATHERTHREATENEDCROPS.ITCANPROTECTYOURSTOO.Cropstressorslikeextremetemperaturesdroughtandexcessivemoisturecannegativelyimpactyourcropproductionyieldandbottomline.Stollersnewadvancesintheplanthealthtechnologyarenaallowproducerstoinsureagainstlossintimesofextremegrowingconditions.Bio-Forgeoffersaneffectiveprotectionpolicybydeliveringvitalnutrientsthatregulatespecificgenesthatenableyourcroptoadaptquicklytoanygrowingcondition.Itslikeaninsurancepolicyforyourcropfromtheinsideout.Get160AcresofBio-ForgeFreeREGISTERTODAYFORYOURCHANCETOWINGotowww.stollerenterprises.cawin160tellusaboutyourmosttryingweatherrelatedgrowingchallengeandyoureintowin160acresofBio-Forge.Oneluckywinnerperprovince.RegisteryourentryTODAYStollerEnterprisesLtd.1-306-528-7309 6ContinuedinvestmentsinresearchanddevelopmentkeepCanadianpulsescompetitive.DURINGthepast20yearsCanadaspulseindustryhasgrownfromproducinglessthanonemilliontonnesofpulsesin1990tomorethansixmilliontonnesin2013.Thismomentumandcontinuedfarmeradoptionhasmanyintheindustryexcited.Fieldpeaslentilsdrybeansandchickpeasarethepri-marypulsesgrowninCanadalistedrespectivetoacreage.Otherpulsesincludefababeanmungbeanandlupin.AlsoCanadaisthelargestglobalexporterofpeasandlentilswithacombinedproductionreachingjustover5.5milliontonnesin2013.WhilemanyfactorsinfluenceproductionCarlPottsexecutivedirectorwithSaskatchewanPulseGrowerssaysresearchanddevelopmentingenomicsandtraitshelpsCanadamaintainitsglobalcompetitiveness.Inthe1980sgrowersvotedinfavourofaonepercentlevyonthesaleofpulsecropswhichhelpsmaintainthesefar-reachingresearchanddevelopmenteffortsinCanadaPottssays.SPGalsoworkscloselywithotherpulse-producingprov-incessuchasManitobaAlbertaandOntariotostream-lineresearchprogramsandfurthercollaborativeefforts.CurrentprojectsincludesequencingofgenomesinpeasandlentilscreatingimprovedtoolsforbreederstohelpspeedupthebreedingprocessandimprovingtraitsandtolerancesinnewvarietiesPottssays.BringinganewvarietytomarketcantakeuptoadecadeandPottsisparticularlyexcitedaboutthecurrentlentilandpeagenomesequencingprojectsthatarebeingconductedtofurthertraitdevelopment.SPGhasinvested3millionintopeaandlentilgenomesequencingprojectshelpingCanadatotaketheleader-shippositiongloballywhichisbeingledbyUniversityofSaskatchewanscientistsPottssays.Forthepeagenomesequencingprojectwearepartofainternationalconsor-tiumworkingtogetherwithscientistsaroundtheglobe.Whilegreatprogresshasbeenmadeobstaclesstillexist.MaintainingcompetitivefarmgatelevelscomparedtoNewAvenuesOpenUpCanadasPulseSectorotherviablecropscanattimesbeaburden.ProducersneedtonotonlyachieveattractivepricesbutalsoreceivefavourablereturnsontheircropinvestmentsPottssays.Thisiswhycontinuedinvestmentinnewvarietalresearchanddevelopmentiskey.Higherqualitypulsevarietiesandincreasedyieldsallcontributetoafarmersbottomline.Thatswhyitssoimportanttocontinuetoinvestinmarketdevelopmentbreedingandagronomyprograms.ParthibaBalasubramanianadrybeanbreederwithAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadabasedinLethbridgeAlta.agreesthatcontinuedresearchisvitaltoovercomingmarketchallenges.Itsexpensivetoplantapulsecropandinparticularadrybeancrophesays.Theseedsarelargeandthecropoftenrequiresadditionalinputsthroughoutthegrowingseason.Breederscontinuetobringoutthebestingeneticssothatproducerscanachievehigheryields.VarietalDevelopmentBalasubramanianandhiscolleaguesareworkingondevel-opingadrybeanvarietythathasthequalityofbothalateCanadaspulseindustryhasprogessedbyleapsandboundsduringthepastdecade.Thatmomentumisexpectedtocontinuethankstoongoingresearchefortsandnewareasoinvestmentorthepulsesector. SEPTEMBER20147andearlymaturingvarietyoroptimalyield.OurgoalistobringanewcultivartomarketthatcontainsoptimalyieldyetwillwithstanddiseasepressuresandMotherNature.InJulyAAFCLethbridgereleasedanewblackbeanaimedorirrigatedproductionwhichreceivedregulatoryapprovalinFebruary.Seedmultiplicationothenewvari-etyisunderwayandBalasubramanianisexcitedtofnallyseeitcometomarket.WenotonlytesteditinthefeldbutalsotesteditorcookingandcanningqualitiesBalasubramanianexplains.Weneededtoensurethatitwouldprovidegoodyieldbutsincepulsecropsareortheoodindustrywealsoneededtoensureitcookedwellandcouldbecanned.AccordingtoBalasubramanianproducersrealizethatincorporatingapulsecropintotheirrotationsisaviableandproductiveoptionortheirarmbusiness.Usingapulsecropinaarmsrotationpracticecanhelptoloosensoilduetoitsrootstructureandcanalsohelptobreakdiseasecyclesinothercropssuchascerealshesays.NewMarketAvenuesDespiteplantinglessthanhalamillionacresacrossthecountryCanadaistheworldsthirdlargestexporterodrybeans.Canadaisadominantplayerontheglobalscenebecauseoitsrobustexportmarketandhigh-qualityseedsupply.HighyieldcombinedwithgoodseedqualityallowsCanadianproducerstobeneftinthispremiummarketBalasubramaniansays.Whileyieldandqualityareimportantsoaresizeshapeandcolour.AdditionallyCanadasresearchanddevelopmenteortsarestrongerthanever.BothPottsandBalasubramanianagreethattheresaplethoraonewmarketavenuestoexplorethatshowthepotentialoradditionalrevenuestreamsortheCanadianpulsemarket.Therearenewareasinvalue-addedprocessingopulsecropsPottssays.Theoodindustryislookingatpeaourtoincorporateintobreadandpastaproductswhichisanewandviablemarketingarea.Pottsaddsthatpulsecropsarealsogluten-reehighinproteinandfbrecontentandhaverelativelylowglyce-miclevelsoeringanotheroptionorpeoplewithdietaryrestrictions.ThereisincreasinginterestbythoseintheoodindustryinsomeothealternativeoptionsthatpulsecropscanoerPottssays.Balasubramanianagreesthatnewoptionsortheenduserswillonlybemoreavourableorproducerswhogrowpulsecrops.Continueddemandaroundtheworldalongwithmoreproductopportunitiesorpulsessuchasinspaghettiandtortillaproductswhicharealreadybeingdevelopedwillhelpmaintainandensureuturegrowthortheindustryasawhole.ShannonSchindleUSCLLC.866-703-7472www.USCLLC.comsalesuscllc.comSeedTreatersScaleWeighHoppersCompleteUSCAutomationTri-FloContinuousTreatingPumpStandsMixTanksU-ToteDirectInjectBinFillConveyorsUSCBulkSeedSystemsIncludeUnderbinConveyorsTruckUnloadConveyorsSeedSeriesPortableStationaryConveyorsWalkingLegsVibratingHoppersAirOperatedBinGatesBoxDumporRe-bagHoppersWATCHUSCPRODUCTSINACTIONUSCistheonlycompanythatdesignsengineersmanufacturesandinstallscompleteBulkSeedSystemsfrombintotender.Withover14yearsexperienceUSCisapioneerinseedtreatmenttechnologyandthemosttrustedpartnerintheindustry.Ifyourelookingforthebestcallus-NoonemakesiteasierthanUSC THEREaremorethan3000differentspeciesofflowersinCanadaandgreenhousemanagersgrowdifferentcultivarsofeach.WeareextremelydiversesaysAndrewMorseplanthealthandtrademanagerforFlowersCanadaGrowers.In2013floricultureproductsaleswerevaluedat1.07billion.HoweverAlanSullivanaUniversityofOntarioprofessorandplantbreederintheDepartmentofPlantAgriculturesaysthatmostoftheowercultivarsbeinggrowninCanadaareproducedsome-whereelseintheworld.Thiswastheimpetusforhisnativeowerbreedingprogramwhichgotitsstartin2005.Sullivanexplainsthatatthetimesomenurserieswerealreadymarketingnativespeciesbuttheplantsweretypicallyharvestedrightfromnatureandsoldwithoutanygeneticimprovement.Sullivansprogramisanimportantsteptowardgaininganeco-nomicalholdonlocalandexportsales.TostartSullivanandhisteamassessed40differentplantsrangingfromtril-liumandmalvatoliatrisandaquilegaforqualitiesincludingmanagementandgrowingcharacteristicspropa-gationpotentialphysicalcharacter-isticsandpestresistance.Hefocusesonplantsthatrequirelowinputsforwaterlightandnutrientintakewhichallowscommercialgreenhousegrowersandconsumerstoreducetheirenergyinputsandmanagementrequiredtosustaintheplants.Anincreasedinterestinhorticulturebybaby-boomershasaprojectedoutlayofmorethan10billionannuallyaccord-ingtoRumenConevoftheVinelandResearchandInnovationCentre.Thisprovidesahugeopportunitytothegreenindustrybutithastobepre-paredtomeettheshiftinthecustom-erspreferencefrompurelyaesthetictoanenvironmentally-consciouslifestylehesays.Mostrecentlysetsofplantsfrom20differentspeciesweredistributedandplantedinthreedistinctlocationswithrespecttoclimateandsoils.SitesincludedtheEloraResearchStationattheUniversityofGuelphVinelandResearchandInnovationCentreandMemorialUniversityofNewfoundlandBotanicalGarden.AdditionallySullivanplantedeightnativespeciesattheElorastation.Eachspecieswasevaluatedunderconditionswithlowandhighwaterandlowandhighfertilitylevels.Researchersalsofocusedonrootarchi-tectureandroot-shootratio.Basedontheirresearch20specieshavebeentestedfortheirperformanceandcom-mercialpotentialinCanada.Morethanadozengenotypeshavebeenrecom-mendedforcommercialuseinOntarioandNewfoundland.JulieDeeringACutAboveAUniversityoGuelphplantbreederdevelopedanativefowerprogramtoincreaseCanadascompetitivenesswhenitcomestoforiculture.Thisprovidesahugeopportunitytothegreenindustrybutithastobepreparedtomeettheshitinthecustomerspreerencerompurelyaesthetictoanenvironmentally-consciousliestyle.RumenConev8 GfasaccassaanDesignedbyLMCsleadingteamoresearcherstoprovidemaximumeciencydurabilityandprotability.TheLMCAsaoers3deningcharacteristicsthatnootherseparatorcan1.SiMpLepreCiSeoperationthatenablesmaximumprocessingeciencythrough-putandROI2.HeAvyduty14-gaugecarbonsteelconstructionthatguaranteesround-the-clockserviceandup-time3.CuStoMizAbLecongurationsthatoeryouthefexibilityyouneedoryouruniqueprocessingapplicationVisitwww.lewismcarter.comorcallLMCat1-800-667-6924toarrangeyourFREESeedAssessment.withthenewLMCAspirator 10ASERIESOFDEDICATEDREPORTSDESIGNEDTOSHAREBUSINESS-CRITICALINFORMATIONWITHSEEDGROWERSONSEEDCROPINSPECTIONIN2014.WhatsontheASDWishListAlternativeservicedeliveryforseedcropinspectionscontinuestoevolvewiththepossibilityofothercropsbeingaddedin2015.WHILE2014MARKEDayearofchangeforthoseinvolvedintheseedindustrythatchangeisntlikelytocometoahaltin2015.Thealternativeservicedeliverypro-gramandtheauthorizedseedcropinspectionservicewillcontinuetoevolvemeaningseedgrowersinspectorsandseedcompaniesmustbementallypreparedformorechangestothesystem.Thereweremultipleserviceproviderstochoosefrominmostareasformanycropkindstherewerenewnon-CanadianFoodInspectionAgencyinspectorsinthefieldandrequestsforinspectionsandinspec-tionreportsallmovedtoelectronicformatssaystheCanadianSeedTradeAssociationsCEOPattyTownsendsummingupthechangesthatoccurredin2014.Despiteallofthatthingsseemtobegoingwell.DaleAdolpheexecutivedirectorfortheCanadianSeedGrowersAssociationagrees.Weantici-patedtherewouldbehiccupsinthefirstyearandthatthingswouldneedtweakingwiththerolloutofanentirelynewsystemAdolphesays.GiventhetimeframewehadtoworkwithinIthinkeveryonehasdoneatremendousjobin2014.Intotal270inspectorswereauthor-izedwith24serviceprovidersand89percentoftheinspectionsweredonethroughASDwhileCFIAdidAsyearoneofalternativeservicedeliverybeginstowrapupthefocusturnsto2015.Germinationlooksintowhatcouldbeinstorefornextyear.theremaining11percent.AdolphenotesthatCFIAstargetwasfor75percentoftheinspectionstobedonethroughASD.ThismeansASDwasacceptedandrolledoutbeyondourexpectationsandobjectiveshesays.Thatsapositivesign.AssessandEvaluateTheIndustryGovernmentWorkingGroupwhichiscomprisedofCFIACSGACSTAandtheCanadianSeedInstitutewillbemeetinginSeptembertobeginreviewingpro-gramfeedbackreceivedto-date.Forindividualswhohavecommentsconcernsorcriticismsbesurethosearefunnelledtotheappropriaterepresentingorganizationwhichwillcarrythosecommentsforwardtotheworkinggroup.Whileitstooearlytosaywhatchangestoexpectfornextyearbecausethe2014seasonisntoversoybeansstillneedtocomeinAdolphesaysthingswillcontinuetoprogressandchange.ForexampleAdolphesaysCSGAwillbeworkingtomakeaccesstoinformationforinspectorsmoreuserfriendly.Onethingweranoutoftimeandmoneyonforthe2014seasonwasthevarietydescriptiondatabasehesays.Thedatabaseis SEPTEMBER201411SUPPORTEDBYtherebutitsnottotallypopulatedwellbeworkingtocompletethat.Adolphesaystheworkinggroupwillbeevaluatingwhatdidntworkwhatareasexcelledandwhatneedstobedonetomakeimprovements.AccordingtopresentationsgivenbyCFIAintheearlypartof2014theend-goaloftheprogramistoeven-tuallyallowindustryandmarketforcestoleadthefutureevolutionoftheASDmodel.Ourobjectivewiththeroll-outofalternativeservicedeliveryistoensurethatthereiscompetitioninthesystemthatourmemberscropinspectionneedsaremetefficientlyandcosteffectivelyandthattheintegrityofthecertificationsystemismaintainedTownsendsays.Rightnowshesaysthesystemlackstwokeycomponents.FirsttrainingisonlyavailableforinspectorsofcerealsandpulsecropsTownsendexplains.Thatmeansforthemostpartprivateinspectionsarenotavailabletoothercropkindssuchasforagesandcanola.Secondlyprivateinspectioncanonlybedonebylicensedinspectorsoverseenbythird-partyserviceproviders.Despitethefactthatmanyseedcompanieshaveonstaffhighlyskilledandknowledgeableemployeeswhosejobsincludeinspectingfieldsfortheirownqual-itymanagementpurposestheseemployeescannotbelicensedunderthealternativeservicedeliverypro-gramtoinspectacresplantedbyorcontractedtotheiremployers.Forthe2015seasonCSTAwantsASDtobeavailableforadditionalcropsparticularlycanolaandforageseed.ThatmeanstrainingandlicensinginspectorsforadditionalcropswillneedtobedoneinatimelymannerTownsendsays.Ourmembersparticularlyforageseedandcanolaseedcompanieswanttohaveawiderrangeofoptionstoensurethattheycanaccessonatimelybasisefficientcompetentandcost-effectiveseedcropinspection.Adolphesaystheywillbeexpand-ingtheASDprogramfor2015butexactlywhatandhowitwillbeexpandedarestillbeingdecided.Wereconsideringothercropsandpossiblyhighergenerationssuchasplotproductionbutthosehaventbeenfinalizedhesays.Townsendsayswhilethedecisiontomovetoalternativeservicedeliverythisyearwasdirectedbythe2012FederalBudgetandthegovern-mentsdeficitreductionplanCSTAhashadprivateseedcropinspec-tionsonitsagendaforsometimeandwouldliketoseetheprogramprogresssothatseedcompaniescanbeauthorizedtoinspectseedcropsassignedtothemknownasasecond-partysystem.Adolphesayssecond-partyinspec-tionislikelyoffthetablefor2015butcouldbeconsideredin2016onceindustryhasanotheryearunderitsbeltintheworldofprivatization.JulieDeeringWHEREONTHEWEBForallofourcoverageonthisissuevisitGermination.caSeedCropInspection.comOurobjectivewiththeroll-outofASDistoensurethatthereiscom-petitioninthesystem...PattyTownsend 12FARMERShavetraditionallyplantedcerealsoilseedsoragespulsesandpotatoesbutthenumbersshowthatthedynamicsarebeginningtochange.Twentyyearsagoabout4.4millionacreswereplantedwithcornandsoybeansaccordingtoStatisticsCanada.Thisyearitsreportedthatnearlyninemillionacresocornandsoybeanswereplanted.Whilethisnumberisnothugeincomparisontocanolaandwheatseedcompaniesaretakingadvantageonewmarketopportunitiesasthechangingclimatealongwithaster-maturingseedvarietiesandnewinnovationsbegintoextendthecornbeltarthernorth.AccordingtoMonsantoincreasingcroprotationandmovingawayromthetraditionalcanola-cerealrotationcommonlyseeninWesternCanadawillhelpimprovelong-termrotationsustainabilityandtheexpansionocornandsoy-beansintothecropmixwillhelpincreasethediversityowesternCanadiancroprotations.ClimateChangeWhilemostnationsstandtolosewithclimatechangeCanadaispredictedtobeneft.ItsamixedblessingsaysBobMcDonaldaCBCRadiohost.TheArcticregionhasbeenwarmingourtimesasterthantherestotheplanetbringingaboutdramaticenvironmentalchangebutthatsamechangeopensuptheNorthtocommerce.GrowingseasonsontheCanadianprairiehavelengthenedabouttwoweeksinthepasthalcentury.AgricultureandAgri-oodCanadascientistspredictthatthemeanannualtemperaturewilllikelyclimbbyasmuchas3degreesCelsiusintheregionby2050.Additionallythemodelpre-dictedthatprecipitationwouldincreasebythreetosevenpercent.TheresultssuggestedthatAlbertawouldbeneftthemostromincreasedsummerandwinterprecipitationhowevereasternSaskatchewanandManitobawouldexpe-riencelittlechangeorsmallerincreases.GiventheseorecaststheprospectoaCanadianCornBelthashelpedpushthevalueoarmlandnationwideup36percentanacrerom2007to2012to1926anacre.Nonethelessclimatechangelikelymeanscornandsoy-beanswillcontinuetocreepintotheCanadianlandscape.Anotherreasonortheincreasedadoptionocornandsoybeanistheavailabilityomoreearliermaturingvarie-tiestochooseromthatconsistentlyyield.In1994cornyieldsacrossCanadaaveraged117bushelsperacreandthisyeartheyreexpectedtoaverage147.1bushelsperacreasignifcantincrease.Unlikecornsoybeanyieldshavenotincreased.DataromStatisticsCanadashowssoybeanyieldshoveringintheupper30bushelperacrerangeandjustenteringthe40sduringthissametimeperiod.SoybeanshavebeenbredoradaptationtorelativelynarrowmaturityrangesaccordingtoDuPontPioneer.Varietiesinagivenmaturitygroupwillusuallyperormasull-seasonvarietieswithina100-to150-milebandromnorthtosouth.Investmentsincornhaveclearlypaidowithrespecttoyield.LastyearMonsantoCanadaannouncedthatitwillWithinnovationthatsdeliveredmoreearlymaturingvarietiestothemarketandachangingclimatemorefarmersconsiderdevotingacrestocornandsoybeans.CANADIANFARMERSLOOKTODIVERSIFY 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14spend100millionduringthenext10yearstodevelopcornhybridswithearlierrelativematuritiesaspartoaventurecalledtheCanadaCornExpansionProject.MostcornisgrowninOntarioandQuebeconabouttwomil-liontothreemillionacres.AsyoumoveintothePrairiesmostothecornisgrowninsouthernManitobaonabout300000acresbutthecornexpansionprojectcouldresultinanestimatedannualWesterncornmarketoeightto10millionacresby2025withcornalsobeinggrowninSaskatchewanandAlberta.TheMonsantoprojectisaboutgettingthatbasematuritylowersaysMikeNailorMonsantocornandsoybeanleadorCanada.Thecompanyisworkingtodevelophybridsthatwillbeullymaturein70days.Nailorsaysincom-parisonintheWoodstockareaoOntariocornmaturesin100dayswhileinsouthernManitobaits76to80days.Heacknowledgesthatlongergrowingperiodsbringhigheryieldsnotingthatwitha70-daycornmaturitytherewillbeewergrowingdayssoarmersarentgoingtogetthesameyieldsasOntarianarmerswhoaverage150to160bushelsperacre.Monsantoistargetingyieldso100to110bushelsperacreoritsearlymaturingvarieties.TherearetwobigthingssaysDanWrightMonsantoCanadiantraitlaunchlead.Oneisinvestmentinbreedingandanotherinworkingwithdealersandgrowers.Wewanttoprovidethemwithtechnicalknowledgesothereslessriskwhentheywanttointroducecorntotheirrotations.WherestheInvestmentinSoybeansWhilesoybeansarentgettingthesamekindoinvestmentthatcornistheCanadiangovernmentandindustryhaventletitcompletelyout.EarlierthissummerIstvanRajcanaUniversityoGuelphproessorintheDepartmentoPlantAgriculturereceivednearly2millioningovernmentandindustrysupporttoimprovesoybeans.Rajcanusesstate-o-thearttechnologytopinpointgeneticmarkersorproducingimprovedsoybeanvarieties.Weareintentonhelpingarmersgetaccesstohigh-perormingsoybeanvarietiesandtakingascientifcapproachsaysRajcanwhoseworkwillallowgrowerstoselectvarietieswithspecifctraitsincludinghighyieldsproteincontentdiseaseresistanceandmaybeevencancerprevention.SoybeansareOntarioslargestcashcropwitharm-ersplantingmorethantwoandhalmillionacreseachyearworthmorethan1.7billionin2012.TheworkoRajcanandhis15-memberresearchteamtoincreaseyieldsanddiseaseresistancewillhelpmakeoodproductsanddevelopvarietieswithvalue-addednutritionaltraits.ForexampleJapaneseoodproducerswantsoybeanswithmoresugar.Demandisgrowingorvarietieswithmoreisoavoneswhicharelinkedtoreducedriskocancerandcardiovasculardisease.TheworkoRajcanandhisteamwillleaveabiggersoy-beanootprintintheCanadianlandscapebutthesizeisyettobedetermined.JulieDeeringMaximizeyouruploadspeedswithourwiderbelt.Batcosnew2400serieswith23.5beltwidthincreasesyourhandlingcapacity.23.5BeltUpto14000buhrINCREASEYOURBANDWIDTHFormoreinformationcontactyourlocaldealerorcall1.877.667.7421batcomfg.com 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20MonsantoCompanyisamemberofExcellenceThroughStewardshipETS.MonsantoproductsarecommercializedinaccordancewithETSProductLaunchStewardshipGuidanceandincompliancewithMonsantosPolicyorCommercializationoBiotechnology-DerivedPlantProductsinCommodityCrops.Commercializedproductshavebeenapprovedorimportintokeyexportmarketswithunctioningregulatorysystems.Anycropormaterialproducedromthisproductcanonlybeexportedtoorusedprocessedorsoldincountrieswhereallnecessaryregulatoryapprovalshavebeengranted.Itisaviolationonationalandinternationallawtomovematerialcontainingbiotechtraitsacrossboundariesintonationswhereimportisnotpermitted.Growersshouldtalktotheirgrainhandlerorproductpurchasertoconrmtheirbuyingpositionorthisproduct.ExcellenceThroughStewardshipisaregisteredtrademarkoExcellenceThroughStewardship.ALWAYSREADANDFOLLOWPESTICIDELABELDIRECTIONS.RoundupReadycropscontaingenesthatconertolerancetoglyphosatetheactiveingredientinRoundupbrandagriculturalherbicides.Roundupbrandagriculturalherbicideswillkillcropsthatarenottoleranttoglyphosate.AcceleronseedtreatmenttechnologyorcanolacontainstheactiveingredientsdienoconazolemetalaxylMandSisomersfudioxonilandthiamethoxam.Acceleronseedtreatmenttechnologyorsoybeansungicidesonlyisacombinationothreeseparateindividuallyregisteredproductswhichtogethercontaintheactiveingredientsfuxapyroxadpyraclostrobinandmetalaxyl.Acceleronseedtreatmenttechnologyorsoybeansungicidesandinsecticideisacombinationoourseparateindividuallyregisteredproductswhichtogethercontaintheactiveingredientsfuxapyroxadpyraclostrobinmetalaxylandimidacloprid.Acceleronseedtreatmenttechnologyorcornungicidesonlyisacombinationothreeseparateindividually-registeredproductswhichtogethercontaintheactiveingredientsmetalaxyltrifoxystrobinandipconazole.Acceleronseedtreatmenttechnologyorcornungicidesandinsecticideisacombinationoourseparateindividually-registeredproductswhichtogethercontaintheactiveingredientsmetalaxyltrifoxystrobinipconazoleandclothianidin.AcceleronseedtreatmenttechnologyorcornwithPonchoVoTivoungicidesinsecticideandnematicideisacombinationoveseparateindividually-registeredproductswhichtogethercontaintheactiveingredientsmetalaxyltrifoxystrobinipconazoleclothianidinandBacillusrmusstrainI-5821.AcceleronAcceleronandDesignDEKALBandDesignDEKALBGenuityandDesignGenuityRIBCompleteandDesignRIBCompleteRoundupReady2TechnologyandDesignRoundupReady2YieldRoundupReadyRoundupTransorbRoundupWeatherMAXRoundupSmartStaxandDesignSmartStaxTransorbVTDoublePROandVTTriplePROaretrademarksoMonsantoTechnologyLLC.Usedunderlicense.LibertyLinkandtheWaterDropletDesignaretrademarksoBayer.Usedunderlicense.HerculexisaregisteredtrademarkoDowAgroSciencesLLC.Usedunderlicense.PonchoandVotivoaretrademarksoBayer.Usedunderlicense.Allothertrademarksarethepropertyotheirrespectiveowners.TraitStewardshipResponsibilitiesNoticetoFarmersWHETHERitsscientistswearingawhitelabcoatbehindaworkbenchacropphysiologistwithaTilleyhatandbootsinthefeldoranexecutiveinasuitandtiebehindadeskpeopleromacrosstheglobalagriculturalcommunitybothpublicandprivateinstitutionshavejoinedorcestounravelthewheatgenome.Knownasoneothemostcomplexgenomesbreadwheathasmorethan21chromosomes.FindinganeedleinahaystackisrelativelyeasycomparedtolocatingagenewithinalivingorganismsaysRonKnoxanAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadamoleculargeneticist.Thereare17billionnucleotidebasepairsinwheatthatsaboutfvetimesasmanybasepairsascontainedinthehumangenome.Scientistsworktounravelthewheatgenomewiththegoalofproducingdisease-resistantvarietiesthathaveimprovedmillingqualities.YetinJulyCanadianresearcherswhomarepartoaninterna-tionalteamomorethan1000scientistspublishedthefrstchromosome-baseddratsequenceothewheatgenome.Thereleaseothechromosomaldratothewheatgenomesequencewillaccelerategenediscoveryinwheatandpavethewayordevelopmentotoolstoimprovebreedingocomplextraitssuchasyieldinsectanddiseaseresistanceandend-usequalitysaysCurtisPozniakaUniversityoSaskatchewanproessorandco-leaderoCanadianTriticumAdvancementthroughGenomicsCTAG.PozniakandhisteamarepartotheInternationalWheatGenomeSequencingConsortiumanexpertworkinggroupotheWheatInitiativethatsworkingtosequenceeachobreadwheats21chromosomes.GenomeCanadareportsthat75000geneshavealreadybeenmappedto-date.Thechromosome-baseddratprovidesnewinsightintothestructureorganizationandevolutionothelargecom-plexgenomeotheworldsmostwidelygrowncerealcropaccordingtotheWheatInitiativewhichestimatesthataullreerencegenomesequencecanbeproducedwithinthreeyears.Asthestapleoodorone-thirdothehumanpopula-tionitsextremelyimportanttoidentiythegenesthatcontrolthemaintraitssuchasresistancetodiseaseortolerancetodroughtorevenyieldsaysFrdricChouletresearcheratGeneticsDiversityandEcophysiologyoCerealsresearchunitotheFrenchNationalInstituteorAgriculturalResearchinClermont-Ferrand-Theix.Fromaundamentalviewpointitsimportanttogetaccesstoareerencesequencetounderstandtheevolutionothiscom-plexgenomeandtherelationshipsbetweenthestructureothegenomeandthegeneexpression.AspartotheIWGSCPozniakandhisteamhavecom-pletedaninitialsurveysequenceonchromosome6D.AdditionallytheCTAGprojecthasworkedwithotherinternationalresearchpartnerstodevelopafrstgenerationcapturesystemwhichwillenablesequencingotargetedgeneswithinthewheatgenome.HardestPartIsYettoComeSequencingthegenomeisprobablytheeasypartPozniaksays.BeingabletodecipherhowthosegenesareworkingUnravellingWheat SEPTEMBER201421FULLYACCREDITEDSEEDLABNO.1215EMPLOYEEOWNEDOPERATEDCALLUSTODAY1-866-980-8324infoseedcheck.netWWW.SEEDCHECK.NETHaveFaithinOurSeedTechnologists.PreparetoExpectWonders.orthetraitsthatwereinterestedinwillbethebigpartheexplains.Butinthemeantimewerealreadystartingtoseetheruitsothisproject.WevedevelopedanumberoDNAmarkersthatweuseorexamplethesolidstemtraitweseeindurumwheatmidgetoleranceinbothspringanddurumwheat.Wevedevelopedsomereallynicemarkersasaresultothissequencingeort.AAFCisalsocollaboratingonthisrontusingmoleculargeneticstoadaptnewwheatvarietiestoincreasinglycom-plexmarketdemandsandever-changingenvironmentalrisks.MostrecentlyAAFCsKnoxandcolleagueshavebeendevelopingnewlinesowheatwithresistancetoorangewheatblossommidgecerealpestandhavedevelopedthefrstmidge-tolerantdurum.WhileplantbreederssuchasPozniakandKnoxareinvest-ingtheirtimetoimprovewheatvarietiescompaniessuchasBayerCropScienceDowAgroSciencesDuPontPioneerMonsantoandSyngentahavemadeaslurryoinvestmentsinwheatcompaniesstartingaround2008.Forexamplein2009Monsantohasre-investedinwheatresearchbypurchasingWestBredaU.S.wheatseedcompany.Sincethenthecompanyhasocuseditseortsondevelopingnewconventionallybredwheatvarietieswhileresearchingpotentialusesogeneticmodiicationinwheat.MostrecentlyDowAgroSciencesinJulyothisyearpurchasedtheremainingsharesoAdvantageWheatsaspartothecompanysstrategytobecomeakeyplayerinwheatinAustraliaandaroundtheworld.Thiscontinuedinvestmentbybothprivatecompaniesandpublicinstitutionsisneededtoincreasewheatyieldsby60percentrom2000to2050whichiswhattheWorldBankestimatesisneededtomeetthedemandso9.6billionpeople.Ibelievethechallengeso21st-centuryagricultureandoodproductionaresurmountablecomparedtothepastandcanbeovercomeprovidedwecanbringtogethernewknowledgeanddeliverysystemstoarmersinaverysus-tainablemannersaysSanjayaRajaramwhoisthedirec-toroResourceSeedInternationalandtherecipientothe2014WorldFoodPrize.Futurecropproductionisboundtodeclineunlessweullyactorintheissuesrelatedtoclimatechangesoilertilityandwaterdefcitsandutilizeadvancedgeneticsinthenext20to30years.ItwillrequireallresourcesrominternationalresearchcentersnationalgovernmentsoundationsNGOsandarmersgroupstogethertosynergizeutureagriculturaltechnologiesandoodproduction.JulieDeeringWheatBreederToReceive2014WorldFoodPrizeTheimportanceofwheatandthosewhoworktoimprovethecerealgraincontinuetoberecognizedasthe2014WorldFoodPrizehonourscriticalbreakthroughsinwheat.Havingbred480varietiesofwheatthathavebeenreleasedin51countriesonsixcontinentstoprovidenutritiousgrainsresistanttorustdiseaseandadaptabletoavastarrayofclimatestofeedmorepeopleSanjayaRajaramwasnamedthe2014WorldFoodPrizerecipient.Rajaramhasdedicatedhislifetomakingdirectimprovementsforfarmersandallpeoplewhodependonagriculture.AnativeofIndiaandnowacitizenofMexicothemajorityofhisresearchhasbeendoneattheInternationalMaizeandWheatImprovementCenter.Hisworkthereledtoaprodigiousincreaseinworldwheatproductionbymorethan200milliontonsduringthe25-year-periodknownasthegoldenyearsofwheatbuildinguponthesuccessesoftheGreenRevolution.Findinganeedleinahaystackisrelativelyeasycomparedtolocatingagenewithinalivingorganism.RonKnox 22WITHEACHGROWINGseasonmoreNorthAmericanarmersplanttechnology-richseed.AccordingtoStatisticsCanada83percentotheacresdevotedtocornproductionin2013wereplantedwithbiotechseeduprom52percentin2008.Biotechsoybeanseedcomprisedhalothenationscropacresin2008.Thatnumbergrewto68percentby2013.Adoptionogeneticallymodi-fedseedinthecanolaindustryhasbeenstrongorquitesometime.TheCanolaCounciloCanadasaysthat95percentothe2013cropcomprisedbiotechseed.Thosetechnologiesbeneftmorethanjustthearmer.Inactrom1996to2004herbicide-tolerantcanolapro-videdanestimated20percentdropintheenvironmentalimpactoherbicideusecomparedtonon-herbicideresist-antcanolainWesternCanada.Howeverunlikecornandsoy-beanswhicharepopularinEasternCanadastackshavenotyetbeencom-merciallyavailableorcanolaseedprimarilybecausetheinsectandweedpressureshaventbeenuncontrollablewiththeproductonthemarket.ButthatdoesntmeancompaniessuchasBayerCropScienceDuPontPioneerMonsantoandSyngentaarentworkingaheadtodeliversolutions.ForexampleearlierthisyearBayerannouncedacontinuedpartnershipwithCellectisplantsciencesthatprovidesBayerwithaccesstotech-nologiesthatenablethedirectedengi-neeringoplantgenomessuchasgenestackingandtargetedmutagen-esisorthedevelopmentoimprovedcrops.Additionallyin2013MonsantoCanadaintroducedTruexRoundupReadycanolawhichthecompanysayswillserveasthebaseplatormonwhichallutureMonsantopipelineBusiness-criticalinformationforretailerssellingseedandseedtreatmentproducts.SUPPORTEDBYPROPERLYSTEWARDSTACKStraitsincanolawillbestackeditsinBiotech-Phase4othecompanysproductpipeline.WhatcanseedcompaniesandcanolagrowerslearnromthereleaseocornandsoybeanstacksalreadyonthemarketAccordingtotheCanadianFoodInspectionAgencythereare29corntwosoybeanandtwowheatstackedgeneproductsauthorizedorunconfnedreleaseintotheCanadianenvironment.Currentlythegovern-mentdoesnottrackstatisticsrelatedWiththeadditionofmoretoolsinthetoolboxstewardshipisofutmostimportance.DrewPorterDuPontPioneerdirectorofproductmarketingforCanadaandtheUnitedStates.PatSteinerSyngentaNorthAmericancornportfoliohead. SEPTEMBER201423GETTINGKEYMESSAGESINTOTHEHANDSTHATNEEDTHEM.ForagrowerhandoutonthistopicvisitGermination.ca..SendusyourcompanynameandlogoandwelldevelopacustomizedPDFforyoutodistributetoyourgrowercustomers.ENDORSEDBYtoadoptionostackedtraitseedinCanadabutitsbecomebigbusinessortheneighbouringsouth.AccordingtotheUnitedStatesDepartmentoAgriculturestackedseedmadeup76percentocornacresin2014.Seedcompaniesandbreedersareintentonfndingsuccesswithstackedtraittechnology.Althoughstacksarepopularatthemomentseedsalesarestillbasedonprovidingsite-andsituation-specifcrecommendationstogrowerswiththeproperunderlyinggeneticstheexpertssay.Asiderommeetinggrowerswantsandneedsindustryleadersincreas-inglyrelyonrepresentativesandsalesstaattheretailleveltohelparmerswadethroughwhatcanbeacompli-catedbutbenefcialproductlineupandbetterunderstandthestewardshiprequirementsoeach.Forseedcompaniesthatmeansinadditiontooeringevenmorestackedoptionsinthegrowingseasonstocomeseedcompanieswillinvestineducationtrainingandsupportordealersandretailers.STACKSOFFERSOLUTIONSIwelookatwhatcornandsoybeanarmersaredemandingstackedtraitsarethemajorityoourlineupsaysDrewPorterDuPontPioneersdirec-toroproductmarketingorCanadaandtheUnitedStates.Theylovethesimplicityinsectcontrolanddurabilityinnovationorproducersbutithastobestewardedcorrectly.Rempelexplainsthatcanolagrowershaveapproachedthecouncilwithtwopri-maryconcernsout-crossingotraitsandtheimpactoherbicide-tolerantstacksonweedresistance.Seedcompaniesneedtotalkabouttheriskoout-crossingbringresearchdataorwardandbetrans-parenthesays.Additionallyarm-erswanttoknowiaddingstackstotheirarmwillincreaseordecreasethelikelihoodorweedresistanceintheirfelds.Theseconcernsneedtobeaddressedbythetraitdevelopers.Addressingconcernsandmini-mizingrisksarekeyinlaunchingnewproductsintothemarketplace.PatSteinerwhoheadsupSyngentascornportolioinNorthAmericasayspositioningstackedtraitsbeginswithlocation.Firstweconsidergrowerneedsbygeographyhesays.ForalloourAgrisurecorntraitsweocusongrowerneedsinspecifclocations.Fromthereweconsiderhybridandreugeneedsorinsecticidaltraits.Thiscanbeacomplexprocessaswearelookingatgettingtherighthybridswiththerighttraitsandmakingthisdecision12to18monthsinadvanceothemarketwhilethingslikepestshitsareoccurring.Syngentasstackedvari-etiesincludeAgrisureReugeAgrisureVipteraandE-ZReuge.WhileSyngentasSteinerstartswithImexcitedaboutthenewinnovationforproducersbutithastobestewardedcorrectly.CurtisRempelthatcomeswithstackedtraits.PorteraddsthatthepopularityoDuPontsAcreMaxamilyoproductswhichincludestheindustrysfrstintegratedcornrootwormreugeproductnowrepresentsthree-quartersoallinsecttraitcornproductssoldorPioneer.InlookingatthepotentialorcanolaCurtisRempelvice-presidentocropproductionandinnovationortheCanolaCounciloCanadasaysstackedtraitsincanolaarejustthenextstepintheinnovationcycle.Theresalotoupsidepotentialherehesays.Imexcitedaboutthenew 24locationRebeccaWallerDEKALBbrandmanagerorMonsantosaysarmersneedssteertheirstrategy.Atthemomentyieldperormancestrongagronomicsandproductsthatdeliverconsistentresultstopcustomerslists.Todeliveronourcustomersexpecta-tionsweneedtobringanumberothingstogetherstartingwithglobally-sourcedgermplasmthatprovidesthebest-in-yieldpotentialanindustryleadingbreedingprogramtoenablethatgermplasmaswellasidentiyingstrongagronomiccharacteristicstobringtomarketandprotectallothatpotentialwithcutting-edgetraittech-nologyWallersays.CurrentlyMonsantosmarketingeortsortraitszero-inonunctionalbeneitssuchaspestcontrolorEuropeancornborercornearwormandallarmyworm.ModesoactionorcorntraitsarealsokeyWalleradds.Weemphasizeproductswithmultiplemodesoactionormaximumprotectionagainstpestsshesays.Rempeladdsthatstackedprod-uctsorcanolagrowerssuchasthosemadeavailabletothecornandsoy-beansectorsallowgrowersmoreexibilityintheirpestmanagementstrategyandtoolstobettercopewithMotherNature.Whilethebeneftsoimprovedproftabilitymoreproductoptionsandexibilityimprovedweedmanagementandtheacilitationozero-tillagemakeiteasiergrowersstillhavetothinkandplanRempelsays.Itsallaboutbalancingdecisions.MORETHANJUSTTRAITSWhilepopularamonggrowerstheclaimcantbemadethatstackedtraitseedproductsjustsellthemselves.Conrontedwithasmorgasbordoseedoptionsarmersneedguidanceandexpertisewhenitcomestimetopairingthoseoeringswiththeirneeds.Althoughtheycomprisesomeothelatestandgreatesttechnologyonanycompanysproductlisttheselectionprocessdoesntautomati-callystartwithstackedtraitsexplainsDuPontPioneersPorter.OurplanistohavealocalPioneerteammemberworkingone-on-onewiththegrowertounderstandthespecifcneedsfeldscrophistoryandusesothattherightproductcanbeplacedontherightacrePortersays.Thatsaoundationwestartwithbeoreeverhavingthetraitdiscus-sion.Wewanttogivethemtherightunderlyinggeneticstosetthemuporsuccess.SteinersaysthatatSyngentanewoeringshaventinuencedthewaytheyservicecustomers.Iwedoagoodjobocusingongrowerneedsthenpositioningaproductisconsist-entwhetherahybridcontainsatraitornothesays.Companiessaytheirsalesstaarestillcommittedtotheirrespectiveullproductlineupssomethingthatspar-ticularlyimportantoroeringregion-ally-appropriatetraits.IntheDEKALBbrandweareSUPPORTEDBYTodeliveronourcustomersexpectationsweneedtobringanumberofthingstogetherstartingwithglobally-sourcedgermplasmthatprovidesthebest-in-yieldpotential...RebeccaWallerCurtisRempelvice-presidentocropproductionandinnovationortheCanolaCounciloCanadasaysstackswouldprovidecanolagrowerswithnewmanagementtoolsgivingthemmorefexibility. SEPTEMBER201425ocusedonmarketingandsellingaullportoliooproductoeringsthatmeetarmersneedssaysMonsantosWaller.Fromacrop-to-cropperspec-tiveourphilosophyissimilarocusonarmerbeneftsbuttheexecutionistypicallytailoredtothespecifccropandsituation.Inthebeginningmuchotheconversationwaseducationbuttodaywearemuchmoreocusedonthebeneftstraitsprovideandhowtheyftintothecompleteoeringincludinggeneticsbreedingagronomicservicesandyieldprotection.PortersaysPioneertakestheprin-cipleoregionalismtoawholenewlevelanimportantpointocontrastbetweenthemandothercompanies.WemadethedecisiontonottakeabroadregionalapproachtosalesbutinsteadcreatedsmallerandsmallergeographiesPortersays.Thatstrat-egycomesatacost.Wehavetohavemoreproductswhichcreatescom-plexitybutweareconfdentwehaveproductstailor-madeorthosespecifcgeographies.RETAILERROLESEVOLVEAsagriculturehasevolvedsohastheseedretailer.SomesuchasDuPontPioneersPorterwouldarguetheirrolehasrisentoanewlevel.Weveseentheincreasingimpor-tanceothatlocalsalesrepresentativePortersays.Farmingisacomplexbusiness.Farmsarebiggerandthenumberochoicesremainshigh.Localsalesrepsunderstandfeldconditionsinsectpressureandoperationalneedsandcanmaketherightrecommen-dationorgermplasmandtraits.Theadventostackedtraitsreafrmstheimportanceosalespeople.Recognizingthisacthasmeantdirectingtimeandresourcestosup-portsalespersonnel.ForDuPontPioneerPortersaysthatstranslatedintodoublingthenumberoieldagronomystasince2008andinvest-ingintrainingorsalesrepresentativestoensuretheyrewell-versedingenet-icsandtechnology.Todayitsalsoimportantthatretail-ersareabletodeliveragronomicadvicethroughoutthegrowingseason.Ourdealernetworkisavitalpartnerwhenweputtogetherourmarketingstrate-giesorDEKALBproductsandtraitsWallersays.Thesedealersarethetrustedadvisorsorourcustomer.Theyaretheoneswhocanassistarmersindeterminingtheappropriatetraitpro-tectionortheirarmandthenpro-videagronomicinsightsthatcandriveyields.Oeringguidanceoninputssuchasherbicidesandinsecticidesisotenexpectedbycustomers.ProductevolutioncanberapidsaysSyngentasSteiner.Forseedsexpertiseinhybridsandtraitsiscriti-caltogettingseedplacedontherightieldshesays.Aseedadvisororretailermustbeamiliarwithcurrenthybridandtraitlaunchestobeabletomakethebestrecommendationoragrower.AtSyngentawearesellinghybridAgrisuretraitcombinationsthatshowadramaticperormancebeneftoverjustaewyearsago.APROMISINGFUTUREIndustryleadersbelieveretailerswillremainimportantinuturestackedtraitproductmarketing.Thismixandmatchscenarioisinherentlycompli-catedandshouldonlybecomemorecomplexasnewproductscontinuetobeintroduced.Asmoreandmoretraitsarebroughttomarketthechallengewillbecomeeducatingcustomersonthedierencesbetweentraitsandkeepingeveryoneocusedonthemostimpor-tantconceptwhichisabouttheentirepackagegeneticstraitsseedtreat-mentchemistryandagronomicrec-ommendationsWallersays.Itisonlywhenwebringallothesecomponentstogetherinconcertthatwecanenablethegreatestpotentialyield.Thesesalespeoplehaverisentothechallengebeoreandwilldoitagainsheadds.Intheuturedealerswillcontinuetoinnovateandfndwaystoimproveon-armagronomicservicesproductrecommendationsandlogis-ticsortheircustomersWallersays.AlthoughmarketexpansionisexpectedDuPontPioneersPortersaysitshouldntoverwhelmarmersbecausenotallproductsareavailabletoallarmers.Additionallyarmersusetheirsalesrepresentativestohelpmakeseeddecisionsandensuretheygettherightproductontherightacre.SteinerbelievesthatMarketingsuccesswillbedeterminedbyper-ormanceintheieldwhetherthestackedtraitsaddressagrowersunmetneeds.ROIandriskmanage-mentremainextremelyimportanttoagrower.Retailersandseedadvisorswillhaveabigimpactonthesuccessouturetraitcombinationsthroughtheirrecommendations.Regardlessothestrategycom-paniesseethevalueandpotentialinstackedtraitseed.Butthedecidingactorinwhichtraitswillmakeittothemarketasstackswilldependonhowgrowersperceivethebeneftsothetraitsontheirarms.Futuretraitstobeaddedtothemarketareanyonesguessbutresearchersareocusingonnitrogen-useefciencyandimprovingresponsetoabioticstressors.ItheadoptionoglyphosateandgluosinateresistanceandBttechnologyareanypredictorwhentheindustrydeliversaproftablesolutiongrowerswillrapidlyadoptit.MariaBrownENDORSEDBY 26PhotoJulieDeeringTHECanadianSeedTradeAssociationhostedits91stAnnualMeetinginmid-JulyinBanAlta.wheremorethan350seedindustryproessionalsmet.WehadnearrecordattendancesaidPattyTownsendCEOotheassociation.Overalltheconerencewentreallywell.Memberswereveryengagedandtherewerealotoposi-tivediscussions.Townsendsaidthestawalkedawayromthemeetingwithalistoprioritiestoocusonincludingstewardshippracticesinrelationtopollinatorscommunicatingmoreaboutintellectualpropertyrightsandestablishingalow-levelpresenceorseed.Wereworkingontheseissuesnowandwillbeabletoreportourprogressonthemduringourmid-yearmeetinginNovembershesaid.PeterEntzCSTA2013-14presidentopenedthemeetingwithanupdateonaewoCSTAsactivitiesandissuesitdealtwithduringthepastyear.DuringhispresidencyEntzsaidheslearnedthreethings.ThefrstisCSTAsroleininternationalpolicy.TherestotheworldrespectsCanadaspositiononalotoissuesandonsomeissuesweleadthediscussionhesaid.AdditionallythediversityoissuestheCSTAstadealswithistremendous.PriortobecomingpresidentIwasmoreinterestedintheissuesthataectedme.Andlastlysomeothepracticesourgrowersusearestartingtobequestionedbythegeneralpublic.Wehavetomakesurewekeeppeopleocusedonthesciencekeeppeopleocusedonwhywedocertainthingsandcontinuetobetransparentandhaveaneducationalslantonhowweaddressissues.Thatsonlygoingtobecomemoreimportantandweneedtomakesurethatweareullyengaged.TheBusinessofSeedAewotheissuesCSTAhasbeenactivelyengagedwithincludeBillC-18pollinatorhealthandvaluecapture.Additionallytheassociationhasbeenworkingtoincreasetheinternationaltradeoseed.EntzexplainedthatCSTAhasbeenworkingaspartoa20-membervaluechaingroupcalledPartnersinInnovationwhichisdesignedtoeducatestakeholdersaboutBillC-18IyoumissedtheassociationsannualmeetingletGerminationtakeyouthereandfllyouinonkeyissues.CSTAPushesPriorityIssuesspecifcallyPlantBreedersRightsandprovidesactsandfgurestogovernment.AtthetimeoprintParliamenthadnotyetresumedbutwasexpectedtodosoinearlySeptemberwiththeHouseCommitteeonAgricultureandAgri-oodbeginninghear-ingsonBillC-18whichcontainsamendmentstoPlantBreedersRights.ThisisanimportantissueandweretryingtomakesureitremainshighontheagendaTownsendsaidnotingthatthebillstillhasalongwaytogo.Theresalotomisin-ormationoutthereandweareworkingtomakesurethecorrectinormationiscommunicated.TownsendhopesParliamentwillpassthebillbytheendotheyearearingthatiitmovesinto2015theelectionwilljeopardizeit.AdditionallyEntzexplainedthatCSTAmembersandstahavebeenactivelyinvolvedinthediscussionaroundbeehealthprimarilyintheprovincesoOntarioandQuebec.Werekeepingtabsonthatastheissueevolvesandwantgovernmentdecisionstobebasedonscienceeventhoughtherespressuretodootherwisehesaid.TownsendaddedthattheyreupdatingCSTAsguideorsaehandlingandstorageoseedtreatments.WehavebeenveryproactiveincommunicatingwitharmersPeterEntzCSTA2013-14presidentwelcomedconferenceattendees. SEPTEMBER201427ContactusTodayAskforErickat800-992-2824ext111erickkrauter-storage.comwww.krautersolutions.comYourSeedisinGoodHandsKrauterSolutionsClimate-ControlledStorageGrowthChambersNewRetrofttedSystemsOurpatent-pendingandexplainingbestmanagementpracticesassociatedwithseedtreatmentsandtheproperhandlingoftreatedseedshesaid.WevebeenworkingcloselywiththePestManagementRegulatoryAgencyandarepartoftheNationalBeeHealthForum.Ourgoalistomakesureseedtreatmentsremainavaluabletoolforfarmersbuttoalsominimizeourenvironmentalfootprint.AsidefromworkingonBillC-18andprotectingpollina-torsEntzsaidtheteamhasbeeninvolvedwithastake-holdergroupthatslookingatpotentialmodelsoutsideofthetraditionalcollectionmodelforcapturingroyaltiesonseed.EntzexplainedthatthisisimportantbutitsnottobeconfusedwithPlantBreedersRights.AttheinternationallevelEntzreportedthattheassociationisworkingtobuildbettertradeoptionsforthoseintheseedindustrysothattheyhaverelativelyunrestrictedtradeofseedglobally.Low-levelpresenceandphytosanitarymeasuresarebigTownsendexplainedaddingthatthegovernmentdevelopedaproposeddomesticLLPpolicyforgrainbutnotforseed.Weneedoneforseedespeciallywiththehighnumberofacresplantedtobiotechcorncanolaandsoybeans.TownsendreportedthatCSTAispartofaworkinggroupthatisdevelopinganissuepaperthatwillserveasthefoundationofadraftLLPpolicyforseed.Sheexpectsthedrafttobecompletethisfall.LessonsfromHockeyTranslatetotheSeedIndustryFour-timeOlympicgoldmedalwinnerHayleyWickenheisercomparedherexperiencesotrainingortheOlympicsandbeingaproessionalathletetothatotheseedindustry.YoureapwhatyousowsaidWickenheiserwhowasthekeynotespeakerortheCanadianSeedTradeAssociations91stAnnualMeeting.ThewomanwhoholdsmoregoldmedalsthananyotherCanadianOlympianexplainedthatalltheeortyouputintotrainingdeterminesyourend-perormance.ThedayoneOlympicGamesfnishesisthedayyoubegintrainingorthenextone.Thesamecanbesaidorseedcompanies.Theminuteonecropisfnishedarmersandseedrepresentativesarealreadyplanningorthenextonecontinuallystrivingtomakeeachcropbetterthantheprevious.EverylittledetailalongthewaycountsandyouneverknowwhichdetailisgoingtocomeintoplaywhenitcomesdowntothatdefningmomentWickenheisersaidasshedescribedthelastdayotheteamsbootcamporthe2014WinterOlympicsinSochiRussiaasagruelingdayotrainingduringwhichtheteammountain-bikedB.C.sApexMountainintherain.Yourealwaysevolvingandworkingtobethebestshesaid.Itsreallyperormanceondemand.Themottoorthe2014womenshockeyteamwasDigaLittleDeeper.Wickenheisersaidthattheteamhadatargetonitsbackandtherestotheworldwantedtoknockthemo.Weknewwehadtotrainharderandtrainbetterthantheotherteamstocomeoutontopshesaid.Wickenheisertoldattendeesthatyoumustconstantlyworktoreinventyourselandalwayspreparebecausenothingiscertain. 28RegardingphytosanitaryissueswevebeenveryactivewithintheInternationalSeedFederationandtheSeedAssociationotheAmericasTownsendsaid.TheNorthAmericanPlantProtectionOrganizationsRegionalStandardorPhytosanitaryMeasures36RSPM36wassignedbyCanadaMexicoandtheUnitedStates.AtthesametimetheInternationalPlantProtectionConventionIPPCreleasedadratinternationalstand-ardorphytosanitarymeasuresorcountryconsultation.BecauseIPPCiscomprisedo181governmentsTownsendsaidwehavetomakeourvoiceknowntoourgovern-mentsothiscanbeinplacetohelpguidephytosanitarymeasuresthataectseed.TheBusinessoftheAssociationEntzsaidthatCSTAstrivestobetransparentandworkstokeepmembersinormedthroughitsTradeWindsemail.Forthe2013-14yearTownsendreportedthattheassociationwelcomedsevennewmembersincludingtheAssociationoAlbertaCo-opSeedCleaningPlantsBuckhornCanadaGerardSeedSolutionsGroupLimagrainIssuesInkKWSLochowandManitobaSeedGrowersAssociationbringingtotalmembershipto127.Duringthemeetingdelegateselectedthe2014-15boardodirectors.DaveBauteoMaizexSeedswaselectedpresidentwhileBrentDerkatchoCanterraSeedswaselectedsecondvice-president.EllenSparryoSMSeedsandWayneGaleoStokesSeedwereelectedtotheboardodirectors.GalealsoservesastheCSTArepresentativetotheAmericanSeedTradeAssociation.AdditionallyToddHyraoSeCanwasvotedinorasecondterm.WhiletheprioritieslistedaboveareimportanttheyarentCSTAssoleocus.CSTAcontinuestoworkonmanyrontsincludingbutnotlim-itedtoalternativeservicedeliveryoseedcropinspectionseedpurityandqualitystandardsvarietyregistrationhumanresourcesorseedbusinessesaccessandbeneftsharingogeneticresourcesseedindustrystewardshipandregulatorychanges.JulieDeeringMeetthe2014-15CSTABoardoDirectors.PicturedromlettorightarerontrowMartyVermeyJimSchweigertPeterEntzDaveBauteScottHornerBrentDerkatchmiddlerowKevinMcCallumDuaneJohnsonEllenSparryGeorgeLammertsenDarrellDziverbackrowDanWrightJefBertholetToddHyraWayneGaleandGeorgesChauss. SEPTEMBER201429THEirsteconomicallyviablehybridcerealwillbeavailabletoCanadiangrowersin2015.FPGeneticsCEORodMerryweathersaysBrasettohybridallryepromisestodelivera20to25percenthigheryieldthanthecheckvarietycurrentlyavailable.BrasettowasdevelopedbyGerman-basedKWStheleadingryebreederintheworldwhichhasprovidedFPGeneticswiththefrstviablecerealhybrideverregisteredinCanada.TherehavebeenattemptstocreateahybridwinterwheatbutitsneverbeeneconomicalMerryweathersays.Thatsbecausethecostohybridseedproductionorcerealshavealwaysbeenhighandcouldntberecoupedwiththeyieldincreasegrowerscouldexpecttogetwhichhastypicallybeeninthefveto10percentrange.Cerealshaveaverycomplexgenomewhichiswhyithastakensolongorthemarkettoseeaviablehybridcereal.Othercerealvarietiesaresel-pollinatedMerryweathersays.Thatstheprimaryreasonwhyyouhaventseenhybridcereals.Ryethoughisopen-pollinatedsoKWShadanadvantagerightoutothegate.AsideromtheincreasedyieldBrasettocomeswithanumberootherbonuses.Ithasgreatuniormitysogrowerscanstraight-cuttheirryeorthefrsttimeMerryweatheradds.Thatwillsavethemtimeandmoney.Andbecauseitsuniormitseemstoproduceahigherqualitygrainwithaconsiderablyhigherallingnumberwhichisimportanttomillers.Trialshavebeenshowing80to100pointshighergivingyouamuchhigherchanceogettingintothemillingmarketwhichthisisdesignedor.ADierentKindofRyeThatssparkingtheinterestothosewithaneyeontheindustry.Itsagame-changersaysJamieLarsenAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadacerealsresearcher.Alotopeoplewhogrowryegrowitonlightersoilandthatiskindothemeasureotheiryieldpotential.WiththehybridryeitllyieldquitewellsothetargetedgrowingareaisntnecessarilyonlywheretraditionalryeisgrownbutpotentiallyanywhereinWesternCanada.LarsenaddsthatBrasettocouldhelpsparksomerenewedinterestinryeasthecerealhasbecomelesspopularwithgrowersduringthepastcoupleodecades.Thecrophasbeengraduallygoingdownovertheyearsandsomeothathastodowiththedryallswevehadbutthatsgen-erallybeenthetrendLarsensays.Whetherhybridsbringpeoplebacktogrowingryehesayswillultimatelydependonwhatgrowersareabletodowiththegrain.AneedtouelmarketdemandissomethingFPGeneticsiskeenlyawareo.ThecompanyhaspartneredwithPatersonGrainadivisionoPatersonGlobalFoodsinademonstra-tionprogramorBrasettorye.Aewthousandacresoseedwillbegrownin2014-15andproductionromthosefeldswillbedeliveredthroughPatersonGraintoend-usegraincustomerswhowillmillittodetermineitssuitabilityortheirproductportolio.MerryweatherisconfdenttheprogramwillueldemandorthehybridryerommillersanddistillersinturnencouragingCanadianarmerstobegingrowingBrasettoin2015.MarcZienkiewiczBrasettohybridallryepromisestodeliver20to25percenthigheryieldthancheckvariety.UNVEILINGCANADASFIRSTHYBRIDCEREALDeniseSchmidtseniorterritorymanagerorFPGeneticsshowsofthenewBrasettohybridallryetestcropatManitobasKelburnFarmJuly22.PhotoMarcZienkiewicz 30OUTERspaceandseedsarenototenthoughtoasgoinghand-in-handbutnewtechnologiesdevelopedorspaceexplorationareincreasinglyhavinganimportantinfuenceonagriculture.HowsoonhumanswillcolonizeMarsisdebatablesaysRobertFerlaUniversityoFloridaproessorintheHorticulturalSciencesDepartment.SpacebiologyisoneoFerlsresearchinterestsandwhilecolonizingtheredplanetmightbeawaysohesayshumanswillbethereonedayandwellbearmingtherewhenwedo.Whenhumansmoveinanysigni-cantwaywehavetotakeouragricul-turewithusFerlsays.Itissimplyanecessityinprovidingsupportorproductivehumanlie.Havingplantsaroundratherthanexistinginanarti-cialsterileenvironmentmakesalotodierenceorthehumananimal.RetiredCanadianastronautRobertThirskagrees.ThirskholdstheCanadianrecordsorthelongestspacefight187days20hoursandthemosttimespentinspace204days18hours.Livingaboardaspacecratisnotlikestayingatave-starhotelhesays.Itisunctionalandrustic.Mostomycrewsoodwasreeze-driedorthermal-stabilized.Whilethepre-packagedprocessedoodweatewasnutritiousitwasnotahome-cookedmeal.Duringoursix-monthstayaboardtheInternationalSpaceStationmycrewlookedorwardtothearrivalocargovehicles.Thegroundperson-nelwouldloadreshruitandvegeta-blesastheyclosedthevehiclehatchesjustbeorelaunch.Theyknewhowmuchwemissedthetasteandscentoreshood.Thirsksharesthattheplantsalsoprovidepsychologicalsupportorthecrew.DuringmyexpeditionIparticularlyenjoyedperormingbiologyexperimentshesays.Inastarksubmarine-likeenvironmentcaringorplantsandanimalsservedasmyemotionalconnectionwithlieonEarth.IimaginethatuturecrewswillenjoytendinggardensaboardaspacecratonitswaytoMarsorontheplanetarysurace.MikeDixonwhoisthedirec-torotheControlledEnvironmentTheFinalFrontierResearchinspacebringshomerealbeneftstoagricultureandtheseedindustry.Explorethepossibilities.SystemsResearchFacilityattheUniversityoGuelphisoptimisticthatwellgettoMarsinthenext15or20yearsandthemorearmingknowledgewehavewhenwegettherethebetter.DixoncollaboratedwithThirsktohelpcreatetheTomatospherepro-gramwhichexposestomatoseedstospaceconditionstoseeitheywillgerminateaterward.TheseedsarethensenttoschoolsacrossCanadasostudentscantryandgrowthemandimmersethemselvesrsthandinthecauseospaceexploration.Since2000whenwestartedthismorethanthreemillionstudentsinCanadahaveparticipatedDixonsays.In2013wedidgetintospaceandChrisHadeldbroughttheseedsbackandtheyrebeingdistributedrightnowtomorethan18000class-rooms.Hadeldisthenow-retiredCanadianastronautwhowastherstCanadiantowalkinspaceandwentontobecomethecommanderotheInternationalSpaceStation.Gettingthenextgenerationinterestedinspaceanditsrelationtoagriculture SEPTEMBER201431isvitalDixonnotes.DoingsowillnotonlygetyoungpeopleinvolvedinagriculturehereonourhomeplanetbutwillultimatelyensureabrightutureorCanadasinvolvementinspaceexplorationhesays.Ivestoodinrontoaclassroomo10-year-oldsandtoldthemtheCanadianhorticulturalspecialistwhowillbeonthefrsttriptoMarsisinGrade3rightnowDixonsays.Youcouldhearapindropinthatroom.ColonizingMarsAnewcollaborationbetweenSyngentaandPlantLabwhichisbasedintheNetherlandsaimstohelpbringevenmoreplantpotentialtolieorgrowersaccordingtoSyngenta.PlantLabstech-nologyhasevencaughttheeyeotheMarsOneprojectthebrainchildoDutchentrepreneurBasLandorp.The6-billionprojectisintendedtoonedaycreateahumancolonyonMars.PlantLabscorebusinessisplantgrowthincontrolledenvironmentswithoutdaylightusingauniqueandpatentedcombinationoclimatecon-trolandLEDsystemsbasedonmath-ematicalmodels.PlantLabsknow-howandtechnologyhaveawiderangeoapplicationsincludingplantbreedingandurbanhorticulture.TheagreementwithPlantLabwillallowustodiscovernewwaystomakeastep-changeorgrowersexplainsRobertBerendesSyngentaheadobusinessdevelopment.Ultimatelyithelpsusbuildadeeperunderstandingohowtogrowmoreromless.Thedataweveseensoararecompelling.Dixonisntsurprisedthatsuchinitia-tivesarebeingundertakenandnotestheyotenleadtoradicalchangesinthewayhumansconductthemselvesintheagriculturalrealm.TheresearchacilityregularlycollaborateswithindustrytheCanadianSpaceAgencyandspaceagencypartnersaroundtheworldincludingtheU.S.NationalAeronauticsandSpaceAdministrationNASA.Researchprojectsarecarriedoutwithonelong-termgoalinmindsendinghumanbeingstootherplanets.ResearchdoneattheGuelphacil-ityhashadenormoustechnologicalimplicationsoragricultureormanyyearseventhoughthepublicotendoesntrealizeit.Theacilitysmostsuccessulcommercializationoitsresearchhasbeeninbiologicalil-trationoindoorairtocombatsickbuildingsyndromeDixonnotes.Thesensortechnologiesweredevel-opingorrecyclingwaterthosearethesortsothingsthatcomeoutohereroutinelyandgetintegratedintocommonpracticesinthegreenhouseindustryDixonsays.Virtuallyeveryagriculturaljurisdictionintheworldislegislatedtomitigateitsrunopar-ticularlyertilizerspesticideresiduesandthatsortothing.ThatwillbetomorrowsleadingstoryfnallysolvingthatenvironmentChrisHadfeldthefrstCanadiantowalkinspaceholdsabagotomatoseedsaboardtheInternationalSpaceStationin2013.TheseedsweresenttotheISSaspartotheTomatosphereprogramwhichexposestomatoseedstospaceconditionstoseeitheywillgerminateaterward.TheseedsarethensenttoschoolsacrossCanadawherestudentscangrowthemandimmersethemselvesfrsthandinthecauseospaceexploration.PhotoNASATheUniversityoGuelphdesignedandmanuacturedmulti-stageplantgrowthchambers.PhotoUniversityofGuelph 32controlissuethatwillhelpusmain-tainenvironmentalqualityrelatedtoagriculturalactivitiesaroundtheworld.Weareamonginotthelead-ingresearchvenueorthatmission.Canadaessentiallyleadstheworldinbiologicalliesupportwhichisgrowingplantsoroodandliesupportrequirementsorlong-termhumanexplorationospace.TheacilityattheUniversityoGuelphiscomprisedo24sealedenvironmentchambersincluding14variable-pres-sureplantgrowthhypobariccham-berscapableosustainingavacuum.Stahaveextensiveexperienceintheieldsoplantphysiologyenviron-mentanalysisandsensortechnology.Itsalldesignedtohelphumansgrowplantsinadverseconditionsincludingconditionswithnosoilnonaturallightandverylittleavailablewater.SpaceTechnologyinActionOneneedstolooknourtherthantheAlbertaAgricultureandRuralDevelopmentCropDiversiicationCentreinBrooksAlta.oranexam-ple.ResearcherstherearedeterminingwhetheraeroponicproductionoseedpotatoesrepresentstheutureortheseedpotatoindustryinCanada.PotatoresearchscientistMicheleKonschuhisleadingtheevaluationoacommercialaeroponicproduc-tionsystemorseedpotatoes.ThetechnologybeingstudiedistheVitalFarmsPotatoIncubatorPIP-200anaeroponicseedpotatoproductionsystemromNorthBrightTechnologiesinChicago.Thesystemisdesignedtooptimizetheyieldandqualityoseedpotatomini-tubers.Konschuhandherteamareharvestingtheirourthroundotubersromtheirgreenhouse.Thetubersaregrownsuspendedinairandedthroughmisting.Itsatech-nologythathasitscontemporaryrootsinspaceexplorationsaysPeterVanderZaagoOntariosSunrisePotatoStorage.VanderZaagservesontheboardotrusteesotheInternationalPotatoCenterCIPwhichworkstoachieveoodsecuritywell-beingandgenderequityinrootandtuberarmingandoodsystemsinthedevelopingworld.HehastakenakeeninterestinaeroponicpotatoproductionsinceheusedtoworkasaCIPscientistanduniversityproessorinAsia.OneohisormergraduatestudentsledaChineseprojectthatusedaeroponictechnologytogrowmini-tubersateradevastatingearthquakeinChinasSichuanprovincein2008.NASAbackinthe1980swantedtohavepeoplelivingonMarsandthemoonexplainsVanderZaag.Theirresearchocusedonhowwecouldgetplantstogrowinair.Thistrans-latedintomanyscientiststhinkingabouthowtheycouldapplythistogrowingplantshereonEarthwherewehavetodealwithpathogenswhicharedetrimentaltomanycropsinclud-ingpotatoes.Konschuhhopesthetechnologywillallowresearcherstogrowsignifcantlymoreseedpotatoesthaniscurrentlypossibleusingtraditionalgreenhousemethods.InaregulargreenhousewegetanaverageoonetofvetubersperplantinpottingmixKonschuhsays.Intheaeroponicsystemwereaimingtoget10timesmorethanthat.Theabilitytouseaeroponicstopro-duce10timesthenumberoseedpotatoescurrentlypossiblewouldMicheleKonschuhshowsoftheresultsoherteamsexperimentswithanaeroponicpotatogrowingsystem.PhotoUniversityofGuelphIvestoodinrontoaclassroomo10-year-oldsandtoldthemtheCanadianhorticulturalspecialistwhowillbeontheirsttriptoMarsisinGrade3rightnow.Youcouldhearapindropinthatroom.MikeDixon SEPTEMBER201433ItsthePrairiesbestkeptsecret.IfyouveeversearchedforthesecrettoconsistentandreliableyieldsyouprobablyalreadyknowtheanswerisProvenSeed.YearoveryeargrowerschooseProvenSeedbecausewespendsomuchtimeresearchingdevelopingandtestingourseedvarietiesacrosswesternCanadatoensureitsthebestchoiceforlocalgrowers.LearnmoreatProvenSeed.caoraskyourCPSretailer.makeCanadamorecompetitiveintheseedpotatomarketsheadds.Seeingsuchpracticalearthlyapplica-tionsotechnologydesignedorusebyastronautsalwaysbringasmiletoDixonsace.EverythingwedoisdevotedtothattechnicalmissionogoingtothemoonorMarsandgrowingplantsorhumanliesupportDixonsays.Thatsthetechnicalpullbutthedriveristhetechnologytranseropportunitiesandcommercializationopportunitiesorourindustrypartnersinterrestrialagri-ood.TechnologyTransferDixonpointsoutthattheresearchisanecessityihumansaregoingtomakeittoMarsbythe2030samissionNASAisalreadyplanning.Withtheagencylaser-ocusedonapathtoMarsworktodevelopthetechnologiesastronautsonedaywillusetoliveandworkonMarshasalreadybegunNASAreports.ThattechnologyincludesavarietyodevicesalreadydevelopedbyDixonandhisteamsuchasnewsensortechnologiesnovelresearchlightingsystemsincludingLEDlightsthatarefvetimesmoreintensethanthesunenvironmentalcontrolalgorithmsdis-inectionprotocolsthatdontleavetoxicresiduesandatmosphereman-agement.Thelistisvirtuallyendless.Suchtechnologiesareripeoruseintheagricultureindustry.DixonandhisstahavepartneredwithSyngentatocreatecontrolled-environmentchamberscurrentlyinuseinNorthCarolinahenotes.Syngentaalongwithmanyotherseedandagriculturalbusinesseshavetakenakeeninterestinevaluatingplantresponsestoarangeostress-ulconditionsthatwillbecomemoreimportantasclimatechangealtersgrowingconditionsonEarthandtheworldpopulationisexpectedtohitninebillionby2050.MarcZienkiewicz 34INtheworldoagriculturethewordinnovationiscloselyalignedwithseed.Canadaisknownoritsadoptionoleading-edgetechnologiesincludingbiotechnologygenomicsandotherplantbreedingadvances.Theprivatesectorinvestedabout110millioninplantbreedingresearchandvarietaldevelopmentin2012accordingtoareportCanadianSeedSectorProfleJuly2014.ThereportwhichwascompletedbytheNationalSeedSectorValueChainRoundtableincludingtheCanadianSeedTradeAssociationtheCanadianSeedGrowersAssociationCanadianSeedInstituteCanadianFoodInspectionAgencyandStatisticsCanadaemphasizesthatseedisthefrstlinkinthevaluechain.Itstatesthatmuchotheinnovationorincreasedproductivityandmarketopportunitiesorarmersisdeliveredbyseed.Todaycropprotectantscanbeappliedtotheseedtohelpreduceagriculturesenvironmentalimpact.CompaniessuchasDowAgroSciencesDuPontPioneerMonsantoandSyngentauserobotsintheirresearchacilities.Andtodayssciencecombinedwithcomputersallowsresearcherstosequenceplantgenomes.Allotheseadvanceshaveledtoincreasedyieldsorarm-ers.ForexampleCanadascanolayieldshaveincreasedromanaverageo23.9bushelsperacrein1993to40bush-elsperacrein2013.Butthoseinnovationshavealreadyhappened.WhatsonthehorizonJustasscientistshavebeenabletosequencethegenomesoplantstheyllbeabletodosoorhumans.ThisaccordingtouturistRichardWorzelwilldramaticallychangehowandwhatpeopleeat.IntheuturewewillknowhoweachindividualsgenomewillinteractwithdierentoodsinuniqueindividualisticMADEJUSTFORYOUwayssothattheoodthatnurturesonepersoncandragdownordoactiveharmtoanotherWorzelexplains.WearelearningthattheoldsayingOnemansoodisanothermanspoisonisliterallytruebutnowweregoingtobeinapositiontoknowandspeciywhichparticularoodsaregoodoreachpersonandwhicharebad.Worzelenvisionsmobilecomputergeniesthattracktheoodapersonhaseatenanditsnutritionalvalue.Heevensaysthesepersonalcomputergenieswillcommunicatewithchescomputergeniestopotentiallycreatecustomoptimalmenusinhigh-endrestaurantsorinacaptivecustomersettingwherechesseethesamecustomersonaregularbasis.ThischangewillreashiontheoodgrowingprocessingpackagingandretailingindustriesWorzelsays.Thesourceorallthisdatacomesbacktothearmwithrespecttonutritionalproflegrowingmethodsandproductquality.Inthefuturewewillknowhoweachindividualsgenomewillinteractwithdifferentfoodsinuniqueindividualisticwayssothatthefoodthatnurturesonepersoncandragdownordoactiveharmtoanother.RichardWorzelInnovationsintechnologyleadtoprescriptionfood.Discoverwhatthiscouldmeanforagricultureandtheseedindustry. SEPTEMBER201435SeedingInnovationFarmerswillneedtoknowquitealotabouttheagricul-turalproducehegrowsanddeliverstothemarketWorzeladds.Hewillneedtobeabletomakeacloseestimateothenutritionalvalueoeverythinghegrowsormakeswhetheritsgrainruitmushroomseggsormeat.Worzelsaysthismeanshewillneedtoknowalotaboutthespecifcnutrientsusedtoraisetheseproductsthesoilwhereitwasgrownthegrowingconditionsitexperiencedanystressesthatmightaectitsnutritionalvalueandtheundamentalgeneticqualitiesotheseedromwhichtheproducestarted.ThissoundsoverwhelmingbutWorzelpredictsthatmostoitwillbedonebycomputersandsensorsmountedtodierentkindsoequipmentsuchastractorsdronesandmaybeevenanimals.SoilmoisturepHlevelssoilertilitytemperatureandpestpressuresarejustaewothevari-ablesthatwillbemeasured.Farmersarealsogoingtobeabletousethesedevelop-mentstoimprovetheiryieldsandproftsWorzelsays.Notonlywilltheybeabletooptimizethetreatmentandyieldoeachacrebuttheyllbeabletoplantseedsthataremostsuitableoreachacre.Equipmentcompaniesarealreadyworkingonnewplantersthatallowarmerstoplantmultiplehybridswithinafeld.InactKinzeManuacturingInc.basedinWilliamsburgIowahasbeenworkingontheworldsfrstelectricmulti-hybridplanterputtingthemodelintolimitedproductionorthespring2015seedingseason.Withthemulti-hybridplanterarmerswillnolongerhavetomakecompromisesandcanoptimizetheirseedhybridsandultimatelyincreasetheiryieldssaysSusanneVeatchKinzevice-presidentandchiemarketingofcer.Welookorwardtobringingthisinnovationtoarmers.Thistypeotechnologywillnotonlymakeplantingmoreeicientbutadddollarsbacktoarmerspocketbooks.JasonWebsterBecksHybridscentralIllinoispracticalarmresearchdirectorexplainsthatinatwo-yearresearchstudybyBecksmulti-hybridplantingresultedina54.24netproftperacreanda9.5bushelperacreyieldincreaseexcludingthecosttoupgradeequipment.WorzelpredictsplantersotheuturewillcomeequippedwithsensorstoassessmoisturepHandnutrientcontentonasquareootbysquareootbasis.Addtothistheabilitytofrstreadthentooptimizethegeneticsoaparticularseedsayowheatinthecomputerbasedonourexpandingknowledgeoplantgeneticsheexplains.Onceanoptimalseedhasbeendesignedinthecomputeritcanbeproducedinthelaboratoryandputintoproductioninthefeld.Justimaginethepossibilitieswithcontinuedinnovation.JulieDeeringConvey-AllindustriesInc.seedhandlingandstoragesystemsaredesignedtomovedeliverandstoreyourseedmorequicklyandsafelywhilemaintainingthehighestseedqualitypossible.Youbenetfromseedhandlingsystemswithsofttouchbelttechnologydesignedtohelpensureyouachievemaximumproductivityperformanceandmostofallprots.GROWPROSPERFORALIMITEDTIMEONLYContactustoorderyourcomplimentaryseedhandlinginformationpackageandreceiveAFREEGIFTVALUEDUPTO300www.convey-all.com1-800-418-9461orregisteratWWW.CONVEY-ALL.COMGIFT 36STATUSChinaATEAMoresearchersromTheChineseUniversityoHongKongBGIormerlyknownastheBeijingGenomicsInstituteandotherinstituteshaveidentifedawildsoybeangenethatslinkedtosalttolerancewithimplicationsorimprovingthecroptogrowinsalinesoils.PublishedonlineinNatureCommunicationsthisstudyprovidesastrategytounveilnovelgenomicinormationorcropimprovement.Soybeansareanimportantcropbutdomesticationandhumanselectionhaveresultedinlessgeneticdiversitythantheirwildcounterparts.Amongthelostgenessomemightplayimportantrolesortheadaptationtodierentenvironments.Scientistsusedwildsoybeanasaresourceorinvestigatingthevaluablegenesthatadapttocertainenvironmentalconditions.TheteamsequencedandassembledadratgenomeowildsoybeanW05anddevelopedarecombinantinbredpopulationorgenotyping-by-sequencingandphenotypicanalysestoidentiymultiplequantitativetraitlociQTLsrelevanttotraitsointerestinagriculture.Usingthedenovosequencingdataromthisworkandtheirpreviousgermplasmre-sequencingdataresearchersdiscoveredanoveliontransportergeneGmCHX1andsuggesteditmightberelatedtosalttolerance.Duringtheollowingrapidgain-o-unctionteststheGmCHX1geneconerreditsunctiononsalttoleranceandsuggestedGmCHX1actedprobablythroughloweringtheNaKratio.TheauthorsassumedthattheeliminationoGmCHX1insalt-sensitivegermplasmsmightbeanexampleonegativeselectionagainstastresstolerantgeneinunstressedenvironments.Theexpressionostresstolerantgenesmightbeanenergyburdenontheplantitheunctionsothesegenesarenotrequired.Inthisstudyresearchersdevelopedanefcientstrat-egyusingthecombinationowhole-genomedenovose-quencinghigh-density-markerQTLmappingbyre-sequencingandunctionalanalyseswhichcouldenhancetheefciencyouncoveringQTLsandgenesorbenefcialtraitsincropbreeding.SourceBGISTATUSEuropeTHE2013-14feldstudyohoneybeecolonyoverwinteringlossesinEuropeshowsthatlossesareatthelowestlevelinyearsaveragingninepercentacross19EuropeancountriesandIsraelandAlgeria.Apreliminaryanalysisothedatashowsthatthemortalityrateorthe2013-14wintervariedbetweencountriesrangingromsixpercentinNorwayto14percentinPortugal.Overwinteringlossesareanimportantindicatorogeneralbeehealth.Lossesbelow10percentareconsideredtobenormal.Beekeepersrespondingtothesurveymanagemorethan376754colonies.AdditionallyEnglandandWalesreportedlossesoabouteightpercentorthesameperiod.ThecontributionomanyactorswhicharecorrelatedtocolonylossesseemtobeverydependentonweatherconditionssaysRomevanderZeeco-ordinatorotheCOLOSSMonitoringandDiagnosisWorkingGroup.Coloniesbuilttheirbroodnestslatebecauseotherelativelycoldspringin2013.Thismayhavedecreasedthenumberoreproductivecyclesotheparasiticvarroamiteproducingewermites.Goodweatherinthesummerthenprovidedexcellentoragingopportunities.COLOSSisahoneybeeresearchassociationundedbytheRicolaFoundationwhichaimstoexplainandpreventmassivehoneybeecolonyosses.COLOSSdoesnotdirectlysupportsciencebutaimstocoordinateresearchactivitiesacrossEuropeandworldwidepromotingcooperativeapproachesandresearchwithastrongocusonthetranseroscienceintobeekeepingpractices.SourceCOLOSSSTATUSSpainTHEEUROPEANSeedAssociationsqualityassuranceschemeorseedtreatmentandtreatedseedknownastheEuropeanSeedTreatmentCheckoutwhatshappeningintheglobalseedindustryfromanewqualityassuranceschemeforseedtreatmentinEuropetothediscoveryofwildsoybeanslinkedtosalttoleranceinChina. SEPTEMBER201437AssuranceESTAurtherestablishesitspositionintheEuropeanUnionbyaccreditingtheAsociatinNacionaldeObtentoresVegetalesANOVEasaourthnationalagent.ThisprojectshowstheproessionalismandcommitmentotheseedindustrytothequalityandtraceabiltyoouroodromitsoriginssaysAntonioVillaroelsecretarygeneraloANOVEaprivatenon-protassociationthatrepresentsSpanishcompaniesinvolvedintheresearchdevelopmentandexploitationonewplantvarietiesandotherbiotechnologicalinventionsinvolvingplants.ESTAcombinesanumberoelementstoguaranteeproessionalhighqualityseedtreatmentapplicationssuchasindependentcerticationotreatmentsitesbyaccreditedauditorsdenedqualityreerencevalueswithauniormtestingprotocolandsaeuseoinormationandrespectivelabelingorusers.AccordingtoESAANOVEsexpertisewillguaranteeasuccessulrolloutoESTAinSpain.WeareveryhappytowelcomeANOVEourSpanishmemberassociationasanationalagentortheimple-mentationoourEuropeanSeedTreatmentAssuranceschemeESTAsaysGarlichvonEssenESAsecretarygeneral.ESTAisakeyinstru-mentinassuringqualityandsaetyorourcustomersandtheenvironmentandtomaintainseedtreatmentasthemostmodernandmostsustainablewayoseedandcropprotectioninEurope.SourceESASTATUSUnitedStatesTHEAMERICANSoybeanAssociationASAteamedupwiththeIllinoisSoybeanAssociationtohosttherst-everWashingtonD.C.BiotechnologyRoundtablewhichocusedontheaccelerationogovernmentapprovalobiotechseedorsoybeansandothercrops.ASAIllinoisdirectorRonMooreandCEOSteveCenskyalongwithpresidentRayGaesseroIowaspokewithmorethan100armersresearchersleadersoagriculturalorganizationsandederalocialsinWashingtonaboutthebenetsobiotechnology.MichaelHawkinsotheEmbassyoCanadainWashingtonjoinedCenskytodiscusstheapproachtobiotechnologyissuesromlike-mindedcountriesandstressedthestrongcooperationbetweentheUnitedStatesandCanadainthiseort.InadditionAmbassadorDarciVetterchieagriculturalnegotiatorortheU.S.TradeRepresentativedeliveredthekeynoteaddress.OtherregulatoryspeakersincludedrepresentativesromtheEnvironmentalProtectionAgencytheU.S.DepartmentoAgriculturesAnimalandPlantHealthInspectionServiceUSDAandtheDepartmentoState.AdditionalspeakersincludedDavidZilbermanUniversityoCaliornia-BerkeleyJimSutterU.S.SoybeanExportCouncilMAIZALLsFloydGaiblerandGaryMartinotheNorthAmericanGrainExportersAssociation.MichaelFirkooUSDA-APHIStalkedabouttheprogressUSDAismakinginclearingthebacklogoapprovalsonewbiotechnologydesignedtohelpcropswithstandpestsdiseaseandharshclimatesandtousecropnutrientsmoreeciently.HoweverZilbermansaidthatapprovalsornewbiotechnologytraitsorsoybeanseedcantake10to15yearspushingcostsashighas160milliontocomm-ercializenewbiotechnology.RobertPaarlbergrenownedauthorandadvisortonumerousoodandagriculturalorganizationsworldwidereiteratedtheprovensaetyobiotechnology.AproessoropoliticalscienceatWellesleyCollegeandpublicpolicyatHarvardUniversitysWeatherheadCenterorInternationalAairsPaarlbergobservedthatoppositiontobiotechnologycomesromenvironmentalandanti-globalizationgroupsinmoreafuentcountries.HesaidthecurrentstateoworldwideregulationdeprivespeopleooodbypreventinguseobiotechnologybyarmersinpoorercountrieswhoaregrowingoodcropssuchaswheatriceandpotatoesandmakingthetechnologyavailableonlytoarmersinafuentcountriessuchastheUnitedStateswhoraisebiotechcrops.Amongtheroundtablesspon-sorswereDuPontPioneerDowAgroSciencesMonsan-totheU.S.SoybeanExportCouncilandtheNationalAs-sociationoWheatGrowers.SourceASA 38Exploringideasandviewsonallaspectsoftheseedindustry.CEREALSCANADASHAPESSTRATEGYCerealsCanadareleaseditsinauguralstrategicplanningdocumentwhichsetsoutthevisionandmissionfortheorganizationanddefinesapathforwardforsustainableprofitabilityfortheentirevaluechain.Approvedbytheboardofdirectorsthestrategicplanisbuiltoninputgatheredfromabroadspec-trumoforganizationsandindividualsfromacrossthevaluechain.CerealsCanadahasthreeprioritiesasitrelatestoCanadiancerealsProvideleadershipforthecerealsindustry.Buildandimplementamarketdevelopmentplan.Shapetheenvironmentforinnovation.OuroverarchinggoalistoensurethatalllinksintheCanadiancerealsvaluechainareprofitablesaysGregPorozniCerealsCanadaboardchair.Wewillaccomplishthisbymeetingcustomerdemandforconsistenthigh-valuequalityprod-ucts.ThecerealssectorinCanadaisinaperiodoftransitionthatpresentstheindustrywithauniqueopportunitytocreatetheenvironmentthatwillallowCanadatorealizeitsfullpotentialininterna-tionalanddomesticmarkets.LOWPUBLICAWARENESSFORAGRICULTUREOnbehalfofAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadatheStrategyCouncilconductedaqualitativestudytogaugethepublicsperceptionofagriculture.Thestudywasdesignedtobetterunderstandcur-rentperceptionsofthesectorviewsontheroleandefficacyofgovernmentinvestmentinagricul-turalinnovationandsciencetheeffectivenessofAAFCscommunicationstoolsandtacticsandhowtobestcommunicatewiththepublic.Accordingtothereportfindingsformthisseriesoffocusgroupsclearlyindicatearelativelylowlevelofawarenessparticularlyamongurbandwellersofthecurrentstateofthesectoranditscontributiontoprovincialregionalandthenationaleconomy.Thereportalsohighlightedthatwhenparticipantswereaskedtothinkaboutthesectortheytendedtoenvisionfarmslivestockcropsgreenpasturesendlesswheatfieldsandprairielandscapesnotthemoremodernprogressiveandinnovativeagriculturethatexiststoday.BOOSTINGTHEORGANICSECTORTheOrganicFederationofCanadawillreceiveaninvestmentof8milliontoleadanorganicscienceclusterthatwillhelpthesectorrespondtomarketdemandandcapturenewopportunitiesaccordingtoanannouncementbyAgricultureMinisterGerryRitzandMemberoftheParliamentScottArmstrong.TheCanadianorganicsectorcontin-uestogrowatanimpressiveratesaysRitz.Investmentslikethisinresearchanddevelopmentspantheentirevaluechainfromproductionthroughtotheconsumerandsupportthecompeti-tivenessgrowthandprosperityoftheorganicsectorandouroveralleconomy.Theclusterbringsthebestandbrightesttogetherfromacademiagovernmentandindustrytofocusoncutting-edgeresearchanddevelopmentthatwillimprovetheorganicsectorscompeti-tivenessmarketpotentialadaptabilityandsustainability.Thiswillbeaccom-plishedthroughaseriesofactivitiesfocusedonexpandingorganicproduc-tioninresponsetomarketdemandforhopssproutsornamentalpottedplantsandpoultry.Twohundredcollaboratingscientistswillworkonseveralprioritiesincludingcropbreedingforimprovedcultivarsdevel-opingnewreducedtillagesystemsfororganiccropsimprovingsoilhealthanddevelopingnewapproachestobettermanagecroppestsdiseasesandlive-stockparasites.Thisinvestmentismadethroughtheindustry-ledresearchanddevelopmentstreamofAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadasAgriInnovationProgramafive-yearupto698millioninitiativeunderGrowingForward2. SEPTEMBER201439NATIONALCARINATAPROGRAMGETSPATENTUPDATEAgrisomaBiosciencesInc.announcedatechnicalandpatentupdateonitsdevelopmentprogramforResonanceCarinata.SpecicallyAgrisomahasapplieditshighefciencydouble-haploidtechnologytocreateanumberofnewvarietalcandidates.Thebreedingprogramalsoevaluatesnewplantvarietiesthatdeliverenhancedproductioncharacteristics.CGCCANCELSFLAXSEEDVARIETYTheCanadianGrainCommissionnotiedproducersandindustrystakeholdersthattheregistrationforaxseedvarietyCDCValourwillbecancelledAug.12015.AtthattimeitwillonlybeeligibleforthegradeFlaxseed3CanadaWesternCanadaEastern.AlsoregistrationforvarietieswhichincludeCDCArrasFlandersandSommewillbecancelledAug.12017.ADOPTIONOFORGANICRULESENCOURAGEDNewBrunswickhasadoptedneworganicregulationstoensureproductssoldasorganicintheprovincemeetstrictnationalstandards.NewBrunswickjoinsQubecandManitobaastheonlyprovincesthathaveadoptedCanadasnationalorganicregime.In2009theCanadiangovernmentputthenationalorganicregulationsinplacewhichismandatoryforallimportedproductsandthosecrossingprovinciallines.CSGAGOESDIGITALTheCanadiangovernmentwillfundmorethan836000totheCanadianSeedGrowersAssociationtodeveloparapiddatamanagementsystemforseedcropcertication.ThenewsystemdevelopedincollaborationwiththeCanadianFoodInspectionAgencywillreplacethethree-partpaperforms.Itallowslicensedseedcropinspectorstosubmitreportselectronicallysometimesstraightfromtheeldsavingtimeandmoney.SCEPTREANDPLENTYSETTOBECANCELLEDThevarietyregistrationforSceptreaCanadawesternamberdurumvarietywillbecancelledOct.242014.SceptrewillremainontheCanadianGrainCommissionsvarietydesignationlistandwillbeeligibleforallgradesofamberdurumuntilAug.12015.AlsothevarietyregistrationforPlentyanotherCanadawesternamberdurumvarietywillbecancelledAug.12015andremovedfromthevarietydesignationlist.MILLIONSCOMMITTEDTOGENOMICSTheCanadiangovernmentwillcommit99.5milliontotheGenomicsResearchandDevelopmentInitiativeduringthenextveyearstocontinueresearchinagricultureenvironmentsheriesforestryandhealth.GRDIcoordinateseightfederalsciencedepartmentsandagenciesintheeldofgenomicsresearchafewofwhichincludeAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadaFisheriesandOceansCanadaFoodInspectionAgencyEnvironmentCanadaandNaturalResourcesCanada.REGULATORYROUNDUPKeepingyouinformedoflegislativeandregulatorychangesattheprovincialnationalandinternationallevelsfromlawsuitstoapprovalstootherregulatoryissuesaffectingyourbusiness.INTERNATIONALNEWASSOCIATIONFOCUSESONBIOTECHAninternationalconfederationofbiotechnologytradeassociationshascreatedtheInternationalCouncilofBiotechnologyAssociationwiththepurposeofadvocatingforpublicpoliciesthatsupportthegrowthofthebiotechnologyindustryworldwide.JimGreenwoodBiotechnologyIndustryOrganizationpresidentandCEOwaselectedchairmanofInternationalCouncilofBiotechnologyAssociationandNathalieMollsecretarygeneralofEuropaBiowaselectedvice-chair.Eachwillserveatwo-yearterm.ThenewassociationwillmeetannuallyattheBIOInternationalConvention.NAGOYAPROTOCOLCOMPLETESREQUIREDNUMBEROFSIGNATORIESTOENTERFORCETheNagoyaProtocolonAccesstoGeneticRsourcesandtheFairandEquitableSharingofBenetsArisingfromtheirUtilizationhasbeenratiedby51partiestotheConventiononBiologicalDiversityandthuswillbeimplementedOct.122014.TheNagoyaProtocolaimstocreatenewincentivestoconservebiodiversitysustainableuseofitscomponentsandimprovethetheroleofbiodiversityinsustainabledevelopmentandhumanwell-being. 40CSTABEEHEALTHREMAINSAPRIORITYWEALLHAVEavestedinterestinthehealthandwell-beingopollinatorsastheyarecriticalortheproductionomanycropsandtheoverallsuccessandhealthotheCanadianagriculturalindustry.MitigatingrisktopollinatorsisakeypriorityortheCanadianSeedTradeAssociationandourvalue-chainpartners.Itsimportanttonotethatalototrulygoodworkhasbeenaccomplishedinashortamountotime.Newtechnologieshavebeenintroducedandimplementednewplantingtechniqueshavebeenadoptedandcommunicationeducationandtrainingprogramshavebeenmounted.InrecognitionotheimportanceopollinatorsandtheroleoaunitedindustryCSTAacilitatedthecreationoaSeedAppliedInsecticideandPollinatorHealthValueChainCoalition.Theindustry-ledcoalitionbringstogethergrowergroupsdevelopersapplicatorsmarketersandusersoseedtreatmentsandtreatedseedwhoarecommittedtomitigatingrisktopollinatorsthroughsaeandresponsiblepracticesincludingtheuseoseedtreatments.Thecoalitiondevelopedfvekeycommitmentswhichwerecommunicatedtotheederalandprovincialgovernmentslastsummerandhavesincebeenputintopractice.Theyare1.Promotionofbestmanagementpractices.Mandatorybestmanagementpracticesorplantingtreatedseedweredevelopedandbroadlycommunicatedandsignifcanttimewasspenttrainingstaandgrowers.2.Additionallabelling.NewlabellingwasaddednotonlyonseedtagsbutalsoonpalletIDsbulkcontainersandinsomecasesinvoices.3.Improvedtechnology.Anewmandatorydust-reducingFluencyAgentwasintroduceddistributedandwidelyadoptedinamatteromonths.4.Lifecyclestewardship.Standardshavebeendevelopedandwillbeenorcedbytheindustryaroundthehandlingstorageanduseoseedtreatmentsandtreatedseedromdevelopmenttodisposaloseedandseedbags.5.Givingfarmerschoice.Seedcompaniescontinuetoensurethatarmershaveaccesstoarangeoseedtreatmentoptionsincludinguntreatedandungicide-onlytreatedseed.Thisvalue-chainapproachhasbeensuccessulandsignifcantproactivemeasureshavebeenadoptedduringthepastyearalongthevaluechain.Thelevelocooperationcollaborationandstewardshipisunprecedented.InthespiritostewardshipCSTAcompaniessoldorthefrsttimethemandatoryFluencyAgentthatreducesdustgeneratedduringtheplantingotreatedseed.EnoughFluencyAgentwaspurchasedtocoverapproximately7.4millionacreswhichexceedsthetotalnumberocornandsoybeanacres.ThelargeadoptionothisnewproductbyCanadiangrowersspeakstotheconcertedeortmadetopromotegoodstewardshippractices.CSTAcontinuestoworkcloselywithprovincialgovernmentsandinparticularthePestManagementRegulatoryAgencyoHealthCanadaduringitsongoingre-evaluationoneonicotinoids.TheassociationalsocontinuestoactasaacilitatorbetweenPMRAandtheseedindustryhelpingtodevelopadditionalseedlabelling.CSTAcontinuestofnanciallyandlogisticallysupporttheCleanFARMSpilotprogramorthesaecollectionanddisposaloemptypesticideandseedbagswhichisnowinitssecondyearooperationinOntarioandQubec.Concertedeortsareyieldingpositiveresults.AtthetimethisissuewenttoprintPMRAwasreportingthatthenumberobee-relatedincidentsin2014weredownbyone-thirdrom2013andtheincidentsthathavebeenreportedshowewerbeemortalitiesthaninpreviousyears.Howeveritisimportanttorecognizethatbeehealthisacomplexmulti-acetedissuethatisaectedbyvarroamitesgeneticdiversitynutritionandover-winteringlossesaswellasinsecticides.Aholisticapproachisthekeytoaddressinglong-termpollinatorhealth.ThenewlyormedNationalBeeHealthForumco-chairedbytheCanadianHoneyCouncilandAgricultureandAgri-oodCanadabringstogetherallrelevantstakeholderstodiscusspollinatorhealthandencouragecollaborationbetweenbeekeepersandagriculture.ItsimportanttonotethatalothasbeenaccomplishedbutthereisstillmuchmoretodoandtherearealreadypromisingsignsthattherewillsoonbeanincreasednumberostewardshiptoolsavailabletoCanadiangrowers. IntroducingthelatestcropswithstrongerhealthierrootsinaworldwidejourneytobettercropproductivityInoculateduntreatedInoculatedVIBRANCESourceSyngentaSwitzerlandCornRiceSourceSyngentaGermanySourceSyngentaSwitzerlandSourceSyngentaCanadaCerealsSoybeanCanolaVisitusattheESAAnnualMeetingCorinthiaHotellevel1CheckCheckCheckVIBRANCEVIBRANCEVIBRANCEAllrootsshowprotectionagainstRhizoctoniaDIGGING-INROOTHEALTHTOAdvertorialWWW.SYNGENTA.COM2014Syngenta.ImportantUseseedtreatmentproductssafely.Alwaysreadthelabelandproductinformationbeforeuse.Labelscontainimportantconditionsofsaleincludinglimitationsofwarrantyandremedy.Thereerencedproductisregisteredoruseincertaincountriesandnationallabelinstructionshavetobereadandollowedpleasecheckwithyourlocalregulatoryauthorityorurtherinormation.VIBRANCERootingPowerTMtheSeedcareIcontheSYNGENTALogoandtheSYNGENTAWordmarkaretrademarksoaSyngentaGroupCompany.AtSyngentawecallthelinkbetweenhealthyrootsandhigheryieldRootingPowerHeaiermorerousroosysemscanbetteruptakewaterandnutrientsdevelopstrongerplantswithimprovedstresstoleranceprovidelong-lastingprotectionagainstyield-robbingseed-andsoilbornediseasesplant-parasiticnematodesandundergroundinsectsenablehigherandmoreconsistentyieldsVIBRANCEanovelseedtreatmentungicideisthefrstSyngentamoleculedevelopedspecifcallyorseedtreat-ment.ItoersuniqueRootingPowerthatresultsinstrongerhealthierrootsrightromthestart.Worldwidefeldtrialsshowhigherandmoreconsistentyieldsorallmajorcrops.SourceSyngentaDominicanRepublic 42CSGAPRESERVINGTHEBENEFITSOFINNOVATIONADOPTIONOFADDITIONALCertificationRequirementsknownasACRsmeansmoregrowerswillbenefitfromtheseedcertificationsystemandthelatestinnovationsinvarietydevelopment.Canadaisrespectedaroundtheworldasaleaderintheseedindustryinlargepartbecauseofitsseedcertifica-tionsystem.Butasnewgeneticbreakthroughsimproveseedtraitstoincreaseyieldsandprotectagainststressorsvarietaldeveloperscanalsospecifyadditionaltestsandqualitycontrolsfortheirseedtomakesurevaluabletraitsorcharacteristicsarepreserved.TheAssociationofOfficialSeedCertifyingAgenciesAOSCArecentlyadoptedtheACRoptionwhichwasdevelopedforCanadianseedcropcertificationandissettingthebarforglobalseedstandards.FirstintroducedforCanadianseedcropsin2007theACRoptioncametofruitionbecausemidge-tolerantwheatdevelopersanddistributorswantedtocreateavarietalblendtoensurethat10percentofarefugevarietywasplanted.Howevertherewasntawaytomanagethisbecauseatthetimeregulationsonlypermittedcertificationofcropsofasingleuniformvarietalidentity.Thesystemneededtobereviewedbecauseanincreasingnumberofuniqueandvaluablebutnotalwaysvisibletraitswerebeingdevelopedinvarieties.Thetraditionalcertificationprocessinvolvestheminimumrequirementstoverifycompliancewithadevelopersvarietyproductdescriptionwhichmostlyreliesonvisuallydistinguishablecharacteristics.ButforthosenewcharacteristicsthatarenotvisuallydistinguishabletheACRoptionwasrequired.ACRswerealsoasignificantcomponentfortheCanadianflaxindustryanditscurrentreconstitutedseedprogramasitwasrecoveringfromthe2009Triffidincident.ThankstocertifiedseedandACRsborderstoGMO-aversemar-ketswerereopenedafterclosingin2009.BecauseofACRssuccessinhelpingmaintainthehighestqualitystandardsforpedigreedseedinCanadaitsnosurprisethatAOSCAoneoftheworldstwointerna-tionalseedcertifyingorganizationshasencourageditsmemberagenciestoprovidetheACRoptiontovarietaldevelopers.AOSCAandtheFrance-basedOrganisationforEconomicCo-operationandDevelopmentSeedSchemesarethetwointernationalorganizationswithminimumseedcertificationstandardsthatsupportproductioniden-tificationdistributionandpromotionofcertifiedseed.AOSCAhas50memberagenciesthroughoutAustraliaCanadaNewZealandSouthAfricaSouthAmericaandtheUnitedStates.ThefactthatAOSCAismakingaprovisionforadditionalcertificationrequirementsisarealizationthatscienceandtechnologycontinuetogrowanddevelop.ACRsgivedevelopersmoreoptionsallowingthemtousethelatesttechnologiesasadd-onswhileleaningonthestrengthofthemostcost-effectiveconventionalseedcertificationsystem.ACRsprovidedeveloperstheabilitytodesignateadditionaltestsisolationorlandhistoryandotherrequirementsthattheyfeelwillpreserveandprotecttheirvarietiesvaluabletraits.TheoptionofanACRmeansthattestsareonlyrequiredonvarietieswithtraitsrequiringthird-partyverificationtosatisfyboththevarietaldeveloperandtheend-userbuyer.ACRsareanimportanttoolthatgivesvarietaldevelopersachoiceinqualitycontrolfortheirproduct.Theabilitytospecifyincreasedstandardsforagronomicpracticestestingorlandusehistoryassuresvarietaldevelopersthatthetraitsintheirnewvarietieswillbepassedalongtotheend-user.WithAOSCAsadoptionofACRsmoreoftheworldsseedproductionwillbenefitfromthisimportantqualitycontroloptiondevelopedfortheCanadianseedsector.ThefactthatAOSCAismakingaprovisionforadditionalcertificationrequirementsisarealizationthatscienceandtechnologycontinuetogrowanddevelop. CAFACanadianAssociationofFarmAdvisorsContactLizRobertsonCAFAsExecutiveDirectorLearnabouthowCAFAconnectionscanhelpyourbusiness.1-877-474-2871infocafanet.comwww.cafanet.comOurmissionistocontinuallyimprovethequalityofadvicegiventofarmfamiliesandbusinesses.CAFAchaptermeetingsandannualre-gionalconferencesoffertimelyinforma-tionaboutnewprogramspoliciestrendsandissuesaswellasauniqueforumforin-personnetworkingwithmanyoftheBeaPartoftheNationalNetworkprofessionalsworkingwithinagriculture.CAFAmembersunderstandthebusinessoffarming.Localregionalandnationalnetworksoffercountlesspossibilitiestoincreaseskillsandknowledgeaswellasaprofes-sionalprofle. 44SEEDLABSUNDERGORIGOROUSAUDITSCSAACSINCETHECANADIANSeedInstituteCSIfrststartedprovidingauditservicestotheseedindustryin1997accreditedseedlaboratorieshavecontinuouslybeenthesubjectsoathird-partymonitoringprogram.AllnewlaboratoriesundergoaninitialaccreditationauditbytheCanadianFoodInspectionAgencyCFIAandater-wardsareplacedonathree-yearauditcycle.LabsarenotifedbyCSIintheiraudityearthattheyaredueortheirre-accreditationaudit.EachlabhasachoiceoanyothequalifedCSIlabauditorswhotravelacrossCanada.CSIauditorsmustsuccessullycompleteaive-dayInternationalStandardsOrganizationISOleadauditorcourse.Additionallylabauditorsarerequiredtodemon-stratetechnicalcompetencyinauditinglabsbysuccess-ullycompletingaCSIlabtechnicalexpertexam.ManyCSIlabauditorsareseedanalyststhemselves.AlllabsinCanadaconducttheirseedtestinginaccordancewiththeCanadianMethodsandProceduresorTestingSeedMPandeachlabmusthaveanestablishedqualitymanagementsystemthatmeetstherequirementsotheCFIASeedLaboratoryAccreditationandAuditProtocol.ThisstandardisbasedontheISO17025standardorlabo-ratoryaccreditation.Itincorporatesmanyamiliaraspectsoqualitymanagementsuchasmanagementreviewdoc-umentcontrolcorrectiveandpreventiveactionshandlingcomplaintsstatrainingandcontinuingeducationaswellasequipmentcalibrationsamplingqualitycontrolandreportingtestresults.Inadditiontotheauditthelabora-toryissubjecttoamulti-acetedmonitoringprogram.AspartotheaudittheCSIauditorcollectsdocumenta-tionsuchasreportsoanalysisandthecorrespondingworksheetsor10samplestestedaccordingtotheMPormonitoringbyCFIA.IthereareissuesthatariseromthedocumentationreviewCFIAissuesnon-conormancestothelaboratoryasrequired.Eachlabisrequiredtoperormannualinternalauditsbasedonapredeterminedschedule.Labsmustalsoimplementaninternalprofciencymonitoringprogramwhereeachanalystworkinginthelabissubjecttoamonitoringpro-tocoleitherbetweenanalystsinthesamelaborinpart-nershipwithanotheraccreditedlaboratorye.g.sampleexchangesimultaneoustestingsharingphotosorevalua-tionetc..FinallyeveryyearalllaboratoriesparticipateinaprofciencymonitoringprogramadministeredbyCFIA.CFIAissuestwopanelsoprofciencytestsampleseachyearromdierentcropgroups.Eachlabconductsatleastoneprofciencysampleayear.TheresultsromalltheparticipatinglabsarestatisticallyanalyzedandCFIAissuesnon-conormanceswhenanyproblemsarenoted.Alabo-ratorysscopeoaccreditationmightbereduceddepend-ingontheresultsotheirprofciencypanels.AgreatdealotimeandeortisputinbytheaccreditedlaboratoriesCFIAandCSItoensurethatseedtestinginCanadaisconductedtothehighestdegreeoquality.CSAACmemberstreattheseauditsveryseriouslyandusetheguidelinesandknowledgegainedromthemtobenefttheirclients.SeedgrowerstradersandretailersshouldhaveeveryconfdenceintheseedtestingresultstheyreceiveromaccreditedCanadianlabsgiventherigorousmonitoringenvironmentinwhichlabsoperate.SeedtestinglaboratoriesmustfollowtheparameterssetforthbytheCanadianMethodsandProceduresforTestingSeed. SEPTEMBER201445INDUSTRYNEWSDesignedforseedprofessionalsIndustryNewsdeliverspeopleindustrybusinessandproductnewsyouneedtoknow.Submissionsarewelcome.Emailusatnewsissuesink.com.PEOPLENEWSDuringtheCanadianSeedTradeAssociations91stAnnualMeetingmemberselectedDaveBauteownerandpresidentofMaizexSeedsinTilburyOnt.toserveasthe2014-15president.CSTAdelegateselectedits2014-15boardofdirectorsandalsohonouredretiringboardmembersStephenDenysofPrideSeedsandDaveHarwoodofDuPontPioneer.ToddHyraofSeCanwasre-electedforasecondterm.NewdirectorsincludeEllenSparryofCMSeedsandWayneGaleofStokesSeeds.ArystaLifeScienceNorthAmericaaddedtwomemberstoitsCanadiansalesteamJustinDaymondastechnicalsalesmanagerandKatieSpeirasterritorysalesmanager.DaymondwillprovideagronomicsupporttoretailersandgrowersintheYorktonwesternManitobaregionwhileSpeirwillworkwithcustomersinwestcentralSaskatchewan.AllianceSeedCorporationaPrairies-basedcerealseedcompanyappointedChrisChurkoasgeneralmanager.PriortojoiningAllianceSeedChurkospentthepastseveralyearsatViterraInc.wherehewasproductmanagerofcerealsandbulkseed.Churkowillberesponsibleforexecutingthestrategicplanwhilegrowingthecompanyssales.SyngentaappointedPonsiTrivisvavetasaregiondirectorforNorthAmericaandpresidentofSyngentaSeedsInc.ShereplacesDavidMorganwhowasrecentlynamedglobalheadofvegetablesforSyngentaandisbasedinBaselSwitzerland.TrivisvavetbasedinMinnetonkaMinn.willshareresponsibilityfortheSyngentaNorthAmericanbusinesswithVernHawkinsregiondirectorNorthAmerica.PreviouslyTrivisvavetwasheadofSyngentasSoutheastAsiaterritorywheresheledagriculturalbusinessoperationsinIndonesiaMalaysiaPhilippinesThailandandVietnam.NealGuttersonjoinedDuPontPioneerasvice-presidentofagriculturalbiotechnology.PreviouslythepresidentandCEOofMendelBiotechnologyGuttersonhasmorethan30yearsofexperienceinplantbiotechnologyandisanamedinventoronmorethanthreedozenpatentsandpatent-pendingapplications.PRODUCTNEWSCanterraSeedshaslauncheditsnewACEmersonwinterwheat.Certiedseedofthenewvarietywillbeavailableforthersttimethisfall.DevelopedbyRobGrafofAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadaitstherstwheatvarietytoreceivetheresistantratingtofusariumheadblightFHB.TheRratingtoFHBisahugeachievementinplantbreedingsaysBrentDerkatchCanterraSeedsdirectorofoperationsandbusinessdevelopment.CanterraSeedsholdstheexclusivemarketingrightsforthevariety.FPGeneticshaspartneredwithPatersonGraininademonstrationprogramforBrasettohybridfallryewhichwasrecentlyregistered.FPGeneticsbreedingpartnerGerman-basedKWShasprovidedFPGeneticswiththerstviablecerealhybridregisteredinCanada.Thisexceptionalhybriddemonstrates20to25percenthigheryieldthanthecheckvarietyandhaswinterhardinessthatisbetterthanotherfallcerealssuchaswinterwheatsaysRodMerryweatherCEOofFPGenetics.Thenewpartnershipwillseeseveralhybridryeeldsplantedthisfall.BUSINESSNEWSSyngentaandAnheuser-BuschInBevABInBevpartnertosourcehigh-qualitymaltingbarleythekeyrawmaterialforthebeerindustry.UndertheagreementgrowerswillhaveaccesstothebestSyngentamaltingbarleyvarietiesandatailoredgrowingapproachwhichincludestrainingandadviceonagronomyandsustainablefarmingpractices.ByfollowingtheprotocolgrowerswillachievesuperioryieldswhencomparedwithcurrentmarketstandardsenablingthemtosupplyABInBevwithconsistentlyhigh-qualitygraintomeettheexactingstandardsforbeerproduction.WewishtokeepbarleyrelevantandinterestingforgrowersbyhelpingthemdeveloptheirbusinessinaqualitativesustainableandprotablewaysaysTonyMilikinchiefprocurementofcerofABInBev.Asweworkwithmorethan15000growersthroughlong-standingbarleyprogramsintheUnitedStatesCanadaMexicoBrazilUruguayArgentinaChinaandRussiawelookforwardtoturningthisnewprojectintoasharedsuccessthatwecanscale.FPGeneticsandDecisiveFarmingwillpromotetheirnewcombinationservicetofarmsthatwantsignicantimprovementsinyieldsandprotability.DecisiveFarmingsvariable-rateseedOptimizeRX-Susespatent-pendingtechnologytoenhanceprotsthroughimprovedplacementofseedwhichoptimizesthepotentialofeachareawithinthecustomerselds.WearesosurewewilldelivergreaterreturnswewillpaythecostofOptimizeRX-SforallgrowerswhousetheservicealongwithourleadingvarietiessaysRodMerryweatherCEOofFPGenetics.TheCanadiangovernmentannouncedaninvestmentofupto535000toPrairieTideChemicalsInc.whichaimstoimprovethevalueofax.PrairieTideChemicalsInc.willpartnerwithBioriginalandtheUniversityofSaskatchewantodevelopmethodsforcommercial-scalerecoveryofsweetaxoilandaxorbitideswhichwillbestudiedandtestedtodeterminehowtheycanbeusedcommerciallyinfoodandcosmeticproducts.Monsantohasenteredintoasingle-seasonnon-exclusiveagencyagreementwithAgriumtooffertheuseofMonsantosClimateProplatformtoCropProductionServicesgrower 46customers.TheClimateProtechnologywillcomplementCPSsexistingcomprehensiveprecisionagricultureproductsandservicesofferingknownasEchelon.AgriumwillprovideadditionaldetailsonthegrowthstrategyforEchelonprecisionagricultureinthesecondhalfof2014.JohnDeereandBASFplantojointlydevelopintegratedprecisionfarmingsolutionstoenhancearablefarmingproductivity.DevelopedincollaborationwithgrowersthenewtoolswillcombineBASFsagronomicandcropprotectionexpertisewithJohnDeeresapplicationandfarmdatamanagementknow-howtoprovidecustomerswithenhancedagronomicdecisionsupport.Therstintegratedtoolsareexpectedtobeavailablein2015.Asweincludecustomerexperienceandexpertisefromaroundtheglobeandfromdifferentcropproductionsystemsintothedevelopmentofournewsolutionsgrowersshouldexpecthigh-qualityandtargetedbenetsthroughouttheentireproductioncyclefromseedingtoharvestingsaysHans-JrgenLutzvice-presidentofbusinessdevelopmentofBASFsCropProtectiondivision.INDUSTRYNEWSTheInternationalWheatGenomeSequencingConsortiumIWGSCpublishedadraftsequenceofthebreadwheatgenomeinthejournalScience.Thedraftsequenceprovidesnewinsightintothestructureorganizationandevolutionoftheworldsmostwidely-growncerealcrop.Theconsortiumhasestablishedtherstreferencesequenceforthelargestchromosome3Bwhichcouldserveasatemplateforsequencingtheremainingchromosomes.Withthedraftgenesequenceforeachofthebreadwheatchromosomesandtherstreferencesequenceofchromosome3BwehavereachedamilestoneinourroadmapsaysCatherineFeuilletIWGSCco-chair.Withachromosome-basedfullsequenceinhandplantbreedersnowhavehigh-qualitytoolstospeedupbreedingprogramsandidentifyhowgenescontrolcomplextraits.ResearchhasconrmedthepresenceofadifferentclubrootpathotypeintheEdmontonAlta.regionthatcanovercomecurrentformsofclubrootresistance.EarlierthisyearStephenStrelkovattheUniversityofAlbertainvestigatedsamplescollectedfromseveraleldsandveriedhigherlevelsofinfectionthanexpectedinsomeclubroot-resistantvarieties.Herecentlycompletedhissecondphaseoftestingonthesepathogenpopulations.Thisisadifferentpathotypethatnoneofthecommerciallyavailableclubroot-resistantvarietiesinWesternCanadaareeffectiveatmanagingStrelkovsays.TobetterunderstandthepathogensprevalenceanddistributiontheEdmontonregionwillbesurveyed.AhoneybeehealthsurveillancestudywillbecompletedtodocumentthehealthofCanadianhoneybees.TheAlbertaBeekeepersCommissionrepresenting60percentofCanadashoneycropsubmittedagrantproposaltoconductaCanada-widehoneybeehealthsurveillancestudywhichhasbeenapprovedbyAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanada.Thestudywillbuildonthesurveillancethatsbeencompletedataregionallevelandwillprovidecrucialinformationtocontinuetolookatallthefactorsaffectinghoneybeehealth.LedbyCarlosCastilloandhisteamattheNationalBeeDiagnosticCentreinBeaverlodgeAlta.thestudywillbecompletedoverfouryears.Restrictingtheuseofneonicotinoidscouldreducerevenuesfromcornandsoybeanproductionbymorethan630millionperyearinOntarioandtheprovincesgrossdomesticproductwouldbecutbynearly440millionifneonicotinoidswerenotavailableforuseaccordingtoanewreportfromtheConferenceBoardofCanada.ThereportSeedsforSuccessTheValueofSeedTreatmentsforOntarioGrowersprovidesanewperspectiveonthecostsofahypotheticalregulatoryrestrictiononexistingbusinessesandoperators.ForanysignicantchangeinregulationsitsimportantforgovernmentstoconsidertheeffectsonindividualfarmingbusinessesaswellasthebroadercostsandbenetssaysVijayGilldirectorofpolicyresearchwiththeConferenceBoardofCanada.ToimprovethemarketabilityofwinterwheattheAlbertaWheatCommissionwillinvest75000duringthreeyearstohelpfundatechnicalspecialistpositionattheCanadianInternationalGrainsInstituteinWinnipegMan.Thepositionisco-fundedbyWinterCerealsManitobaandtheSaskatchewanWinterCerealsDevelopmentCommissionwithatotalinvestmentof225000.ThisnewpositionwillberesponsibleformarketdevelopmentstrategiesthatpromotewinterwheatandprovideabetterreturnoninvestmentforCanadaswinterwheatgrowers.TheCanadianfederalgovernmentandtheManitobaprovincialgovernmentannouncedacombinedinvestmentofmorethan1.8milliontotheNationalSunowerAssociationofCanadatodevelopnewseedvarietiesandboostsunoweracreageinWesternCanada.NSACwillreceivemorethan1.2millionfromthefederalAgriInnovationProgramand320000fromthecost-sharedGrowingInnovationAgri-FoodResearchandDevelopmentInitiativetosupportthedevelopmentofadaptablediseaseresistantandherbicidetolerantconfectionsunowerhybridsthatmeettheneedsofinternationalmarketsanddemandsfromgrowers.TheCanadiangovernmentannounceda5millioninvestmenttotheCanadianInternationalGrainsInstitutetofundinnovativeapplicationsforeldcrops.ThroughsupportfromAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadasAgriInnovationProgramtheinstitutewillworktoensureindustrydeliversthehighestqualityfoodproductsandincreasesitscompetitiveposition.Theresearchwillfocusoncreatinginnovativeapplicationsandmarket-readyproductsdevelopedfromeldcropsincludingwheatandpulses. SEPTEMBER201447TheteamofHarvardUniversityresearchersthatcreatedRoboBeesaredevelopingtheseroboticinsectswiththeabilitytopollinatecrops.TheRoboBeesrstintroducedin2013arebee-sizedrobotsthathavetheabilitytohoverinmid-airwhenconnectedtoapowersource.Atthetimetheteamfounditimpossibletoaddmoreweighttothetinybodyoftherobotwithoutsacricingitsabilitytoy.KevinMaHarvardgraduatestudentandmechanicalengineersaysthattheteamisontheeveofthenextbigdevelopmentforRoboBeesastherobotsarenowabletotakeonmoreweightwhileinight.Theteambelievesthatin10yearsRoboBeeswillbereadytocarryoutarticialpollinationonfoodcrops.ResearchcarriedoutbyseedphysiologistsfromWageningenURandseedexpertsfromtheCentreforGeneticResourcesintheNetherlandsshowedthatwhenseedswerestoredwithoutoxygen98percentofthemgerminatedafterthreeweeks.IntheirscienticarticleWageningenresearchersproposethatgenebankspackageseedsinoxygen-poorconditionsimmediatelyafterharvestanddryingwhichwillslowthelossofantioxidants.Thismeansthattheseedscanbestoredforlongerperiodsoftimereducingregenerationcosts.TheCentreforGeneticResourcesisaDutchgenebankwhichispartofWageningenUR.WHEREONTHEWEBClearpointAdvancedanewweb-basedfarmmanagementtoolexclusivetoBASFcustomersallowsgrowerstomanagealltheirfarmdata.ThenewtoolgivesgrowerstheabilitytoperformcropbudgetingcropplanningequipmentdataintegrationandGISmappingaswellasmanagegraincontractsandfarmgraininventories.Itcomeswithacompletefarmaccountingplatformandallowsgrowerstogeneratereportsontheirfarmdatainrealtime.ClearpointAdvancedwillbeavailabletogrowersthisfall.EncircaYieldserviceslaunchedbyDuPontPioneerisdesignedtohelpgrowersimprovetimingplacementandmanagementofinputstoenhancetheoverallproductivityandprotabilityofeveryacre.TheEncircaYieldservicesplatformprovidesanewwayforourcustomerstoassesstheircropsperformanceinrealtimeandmakemanagementdecisionsthatwillultimatelyimprovetheiroperationsbottomlinesaysSteveRenoDuPontPioneervice-presidentregionalbusinessdirectorforU.S.andCanada.TheEncircaYieldplatformreliesonseveralinnovativeenablingtechnologiesthatmimiccropproductionthroughoutthegrowingseason.PioneerhelpsgrowerswiththisanalysisthroughinsightsprovidedbyalocalEncirca-certiedservicesagent. 48Iwashonouredtoacceptthepresidentsgavelatthe91stAnnualMeetingotheCanadianSeedTradeAssociation.Ilookor-wardtoworkingwithatrulyexceptionalboardodirectorsandacommittedandengagedmembershiptomoveourassociationthroughits92ndyear.AsaarmerseedproducerandpresidentoCSTAIbelievethatseedisthedriverotheinnovationthatCanadaandtheworldneedstoeedclotheanduelagrowingpopulationwhileprotectingandenhancingtheenvironmentandpreciousnaturalresources.Unortunatelytherearethosewhodonothavethesamebelies.Ourindustryisenteringachallengingandpotentiallythreateningnewera.Theabundanceoanassuredinexpensivesupplyosaeanddeliciousoodhaslulledmanyconsumersintoindierenceabouttheiroodandhowitisproduced.FearsThreatenScienceMostrecentlythatindierenceisbeingreplacedwithdoubtandearperpetuatedbyorganizationsandindividualswhoreapfnancialrewardsromthatearanddoubt.Whatthepublicdoesntseemtoknoworcaretoknowandwhatsomenon-governmentorganizationsdontwantthepublictoknowishowhardoursectorworkstoproducehighqualitysaeandinexpensiveood.Farmersarestewardsothelandanditsarolethatwedonottakelightly.AsaarmerIknowthatmylivelihooddependsonthehealthotheenvironmentinwhichIoperate.AsaseedproducerandaproviderotechnologycarriedinandontheseedIknowthatitismyjobtoensurethatarmershaveaccesstoproductsandprocessesthatwillhelpthemcontinuetoimprovethehealthothesoilmakebetteruseonaturalresourcessuchaswaterprotecttheenvironmentandstayfnanciallyviable.Takethecurrentbeehealthissueasanexample.Itwasntthatlongagowhenarmerswereacingsubstantiallossestoearlyinsectpressure.Upto30percentocropsinsomeareashadtobere-plantedbecauseinsectsdestroyedtheplantsbeoretheywereevenestablished.InanattempttoprotectgerminatingseedsromtheravagesoinsectsarmersusedproductssuchasDiazononLindanesprinkledintheseedbox.Theyusedorganophosphateorpyrethroidinsecticidesintheurroworresortedtoover-the-topsprayapplicationsothesamecompounds.Thesewerenotveryselectiveorcontrolledapproachestomanaginginsectpressure.Modernseedtreatmentsnowoerawiderangeoprotectioninarelativelylowdosecoatingtheoutsideotheseed.Theamountoactiveingredientputonthelandis10percentothatcontributedbyin-urrowtreatmentsandonlyonepercentothatappliedwitholiarsprays.Farmershavewidelyadoptedthetechnologybecauseitacilitatesano-tillprecisionagriculturaloperationthatprotectsragilesoilreduceserosionandhelpstoensurethateveryseedplantedcangrow.Whendustromplantingotreatedseedwassuspectohavinganegativeimpactonbeesourindustrymovedswitlytoimplementnewpracticesandadoptnewtechnologiestosubstantiallyreducedust.Theseedindustryalsooeredarmersgreaterchoiceonon-insecticidetreatedseed.TheresultdespiteourverylongandharshwinterthenumberobeedeathincidentsreportedtothePestManagementRegulatoryAgencythisspringwasone-thirdotheincidentsreportedin2013.Andthenumberoaectedbeesperincidentwas10timeslowerthanin2013.Buttheissuesweacegobeyondtheimmediatebeehealthchallenges.Thepublicisspeakingoutagainsttechnologythatitdoesntunderstandwithanemotionalandalmostearulcry.Weneedtolistenandtheentireagricultureindustryneedstocometogethertosupportmodernagricultureasastewardohealthsaetyandtheenvironment.IamuporthechallengeandIlookorwardtoworkingwithCSTAsmembersindustrypartnersandourcommittedarmercustomerstoaddressit.DaveBaute2014-15presidentotheCanadianSeedTradeAssociationandMaizexSeedsInc.presidentAnIndustryUnderPressure PlatinumPromodelshown2014MeridianManufacturingInc.RegisteredTrademarksUsedUnderLicense.IntroducingMeridianslatestinnovationtheMeridianFuelExpressFuelTrailer.BuiltwiththesamequalitythatMeridianproductsareknownforourFuelExpressisconstructedwithmaximumdurabilityinmindsoyoucanbecondentitisruggedenoughforanything.Forsuperioron-farmstorageandhandlingsolutionsMeridianisthebestchoice.TolearnmorevisityourlocalMeridianDealerorwww.meridianmfg.comwww.meridianmfg.comNewNewNewNewNewNew