Seed Interactive — A New Online Variety Info Source

It has all the data found inSeed Manitobaand more

Farmers making last-minute seeding changes have a new web-based tool to get the skinny on crop var iet ies cal led Seed Interactive (www.seedinterac tive.ca).

The browser-based Internet site has all the variety information, including yield and agronomic and disease data, gathered through the Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation (MCVET) trials and published annually in November inSeed Manitoba, but it can be customized with a couple of clicks to meet the user needs.

“The farmer has the ability to tailor it to what they want,” Pam de Rocquigny, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives’ (MAFRI) provincial cereals specialist said in an interview May 20.

“It allows you to dig a little deeper than what we can presently do in the book.”

For example, the 2011 edition of SeedManitobahas average yields from trials in 2010 compared to AC Barrie, the check variety. With Seed Interactive, the user can select any variety to be the check. Users can also select yield data from specific trial sites. If you farm around Miami, you can pull up the yields from nearby Rosebank or Thornhill.

The book only has yields from the most recent growing season available. With Seed Interactive users can pull up yield information from previous years. They can also compare yields by year, location or both.

Once a farmer picks a variety he or she can get a list of seed growers who produce that variety by clicking on the variety’s name.

Seed Interactive has information not found inSeed Manitobasuch as the date a variety was registered, the breeder and distributor’s name and the variety’s pedigree.

Seed Interactive has information on cereal crops, flax and peas. Starting this fall soybean, edible bean and sunflower data will be added, de Rocquigny said.

Seed Interactive, likeSeed Manitoba,is a joint venture involving MAFRI, the Manitoba Seed Growers Association and theManitoba Co-operator.

Seed Manitobais also available digitally online at www.seedmb.ca. As well, this web-site includes information that isn’t available at the timeSeed Manitobais published in the fall. [email protected]

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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