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Viterra Joins Winter Wheat Campaign

A program aiming for 100,000 new acres of winter cereals seeded across Western Canada this fall now has Viterra on board as its “premier delivery partner.”

Ducks Unlimited and Bayer CropScience in mid-January launched “Winter Cereals: Sustainability in Action,” a program to increase winter cereals acres across North America, to which Bayer pledged $20 million over five years. The program was promoted at several events including Manitoba Ag Days during January and February.

As a partner in the Canadian program, Viterra said in a release March 23 that it will play a “pivotal role” by providing product and program incentives to encourage farmers to seed winter wheat.

Viterra CEO Mayo Schmidt said the company to date has donated over $1 million in-kind for the program, but didn’t put a dollar figure on its involvement as a program delivery partner.

From a waterfowl conservation standpoint, DUC has said one of the key limiting factors for North American waterfowl populations is a lack of nesting cover on the U. S. Plains and Canadian Prairies. DUC said its research has shown the density of hatched nests in winter wheat fields to be 24 times greater than in spring wheat.

Next-Generation RR Soybeans Arrive

A farmer southwest of London, Ont. became the first in Canada to take delivery of soybeans with the Roundup Ready 2 Yield trait, Monsanto Canada said March 26. Grant Boyd, a corn and soybean grower at Dutton, Ont., bought the seed through his local DeKalb dealer.

Roundup Ready 2 Yield seed combines Roundup Ready crops’ genetically modified (GM) glyphosate tolerance with genetics that confer higher yield potential. Using gene mapping and insertion technology, the company developed soybeans that are predisposed to production of more beans per plant pod.

Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybeans are to be introduced as part of a “controlled” commercial release this year, mainly in southern Ontario, Monsanto said. In 2010, the trait is expected to be planted across Eastern Canada in a variety of maturity groups.

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