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Plant breeder and researcher Doug Cattani was recently recognized by the province 
for innovation in sustainability.

Kernza plant breeder recognized

Faces of Ag: Doug Cattani has spent his career working on perennial grasses

And to think, he could have been an accountant. Plant breeder and researcher Doug Cattani received provincial recognition in October for his work in developing perennial grains. Since 2010, Cattani has worked with Kernza, the trade name for organically produced intermediate wheatgrass, which is being developed for grain production. As a perennial grain, Kernza causes



Sixty-five per cent of all farmers surveyed rejected both proposed seed royalty models and 25 per cent said they need more information.

Survey says: Farmers reject proposed seed royalty models

Farmer skepticism on end point and trailing royalties proposals came through loud and clear in a recent survey

Proponents of royalties proposals to fund cereals variety development need to either head back to the drawing board or do a better job of making their case. A recent survey from the three Prairie general farm organizations conducted to gauge farmer response to the two proposals for end point or trailing royalties found a deep

Time to re-engage on seed royalty discussion

SeCan’s Todd Hyra says more resources are needed

If plant breeders are going to develop the next AAC Brandon, they need the resources to do it, says Todd Hyra, SeCan’s business manager for Western Canada. Last fall consultations led by the federal government on two new options — trailing and end point royalties — met with some stiff push-back from farmers. Both options


Ron DePauw, creator of AAC Brandon, at a field day where the variety was introduced to growers by SeCan in 2015.

AAC Brandon No. 1 wheat in Manitoba four years running

MASC’s 2019 Variety Market Share Information lists crop acreages and the percentage of plantings by variety

AAC Brandon remains Manitoba’s ‘Wheat King.’ For the fourth year running AAC Brandon was the most planted red spring wheat insured in Manitoba. The variety, developed at Swift Current by former Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada wheat breeder Ron DePauw, and distributed by SeCan, was planted on 1.8 million insured red spring wheat acres, accounting for

The farm groups involved have remained open minded about options for a new system.

Oct. 15 deadline to comment on proposed cereal royalties

The online survey will allow farm groups 
to best represent grower interests

Farmers have until Oct. 15 to comment on proposed changes to cereal seed royalties at seedroyaltysurvey.com. Survey results will be presented to the federal agriculture minister after the Oct. 21 federal election. The online survey was launched in July by the Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA), the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) and Manitoba’s

Two royalty options have been proposed to collect more money from farmers to help private and public cereal plant breeders develop improved varieties.

Change is coming in the seed royalty debate, and it could cost farmers

Farmers have a chance to influence seed royalty options, but need to get more involved, says Lynn Jacobson

Farmers can still shape their future contributions to cereal variety development, including possibly a new seed royalty system — but they must participate in the consultation process. That’s the message Lynn Jacobson, president of the Alberta Federation of Agriculture (AFA) is trying to spread. “This is coming and it’s going to cost you money,” Jacobson


Organic wheat varieties waiting in the registration gate

Registration trials will have to wait for farm-developed organic wheat varieties while changes are made to the proposed trial design

The University of Manitoba’s farm-based organic wheat-breeding program is ready to start towards commercialization, but the body responsible for recommending new genetics to the CFIA says there is still work to be done. Jamie Larsen, chair of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT), says a proposed trial plan submitted this year

Committee chair Jamie Larsen addresses the agronomy committee during the Prairie Grain Development Committee annual meeting Feb. 25-28 in Saskatoon.

Record-breaking cultivar list clears the PRCWRT

The PRCWRT has sent a record number of varieties up the chain for hopeful registration this year

There are a record number of new varieties on their way up to seek registration with the CFIA after the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale recently met in Saskatoon. The body responsible for recommending new varieties for registration had 41 cultivars under the microscope this year, with 37 earning the green light.