15 months ago, Jason Reinheimer flew with his family from Australia to Saskatoon to become the first employee and senior breeder for Limagrain Cereals Research Canada.
Limagrain Cereals Research Canada, established in 2015, is a wheat breeding partnership between France-based Limagrain and Western Canada-based Canterra Seeds.
In the video below, Reinheimer explains their breeding goals of developing wheat varieties that offers farmers the highest yield and highest overall profitability.
“So the part of the profitability of a variety for a grower is both the amount of grain they produce, but also providing quality that they get paid for that particular tonne of grain. We are looking at finding not only the high yielding varieties, but also all the ones that have the highest quality.”
In the specific field we talked to Reinheimer in, about 12 km from Bow Island, Alta., there are around 2,000 yield plots.
“We also have about three and a half thousand individual rows where we will look at for things such as disease resistance,” he adds.
Reinheimer says that when it comes to breeding, it’s important to get material in the field in the areas it is actually going to be grown.