The Seed Variety Use Agreement (SVUA) pilot program launched earlier this year now includes five varieties, as DL Seeds in Manitoba has announced the registration of two new field pea varieties that will be part of the project.
A Seed Variety Use Agreement allows plant breeders to set a royalty fee, referred to as a Seed Variety Use Fee (SVUF), on farm-saved seed.
Pea varieties DL Delicious and DL Goldeye join two wheat varieties — CS Daybreak (CWRS) and CS Accelerate (CPSR) — and a not yet named soybean line bred by North Dakota State University on the SVUA list.
DL Seeds, based at Morden, Man., says the new forage field pea varieties will be available through two companies: FP Genetics will distribute DL Delicious and Riddell Seed Co. will distribute DL Goldeye.
DL Goldeye will be available in very small commercial amounts for 2020, but will have seed production contracts and commercial seed available for planting in spring of 2021 under the SVUA pilot program, says Craig Riddell, owner-operator of Riddell Seed Co.
DL Delicious will be commercially available in the spring of 2021, says FP Genetics.
“There has been quite a bit of organization between the companies involved to launch and have these two new forage field pea varieties be part of the SVUA pilot project. The SVUA is very important tool that plant breeders can use to invest in more forage pea variety development,” says Kevin McCallum, DL Seeds general manager.