Shatter tolerance, disease resistance, and plans for the future — a LIVE! with Eric Gregory and Rene Mabon


There’s still room for privately-owned, smaller players in the seed business, according to BrettYoung.

In this episode of RealAg LIVE!, BrettYoung’s Rene Mabon and Eric Gregory discuss how new ideas move variety offerings forward, how partnering on research and development with global players keeps the company on the leading edge, and what has changed for canola in Western Canada in the last 10 to 20 years.

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  • Small town feel, big time products — That’s BrettYoung
  • Philosophy of working with other family-run, smaller-scale, independent companies, but with big impact products
  • Work with several companies around the world. Germany, Argentina, and more. Partnered with DL Seeds, working on next level shatter tolerance
  • What has changed? Disease resistance in canola is key: blackleg and sclerotinia are the two big ones, but clubroot is increasing in its importance
  • What about herbicide tolerance platforms: TrueFlex (Roundup Ready genetics), Clearfield, LibertyLink
  • LibertyLink? DL has had a breeding program for a number of years, 2020 field scale trials of products
  • Winter survival for forage seed: alfalfa, perennial ryegrass, just starting to see the first real promising lines coming forward now.
  • Turnover on forage varieties is sl-oooo-w, but variety development can be relatively quick
  • Biologicals: pulse inoculant based, for sure, even with all the work done in that space, most growers today are still not using more biologicals than inoculants
  • Also work with Rizobacter based out of Argentina; again, a company with a similar philosophy
  • Looking forward: Clubroot tolerance will be in everything (canola), it just has to be
  • Pod shatter has broad appeal now, and that has been a big change in the last 10 years

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