February 1, 2021, four seed industry groups amalgamated to form Seeds Canada with the vision to become the leading voice of the Canadian seed sector, helping members succeed and grow in Canada, and around the world. RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney was recently joined by Seeds Canada’s Barry Senft, executive director, and Ellen Sparry, the group’s inaugural… Read More

Longtime CEO of the Grain Farmers of Ontario Barry Senft has accepted the position of executive director of Seeds Canada. Senft will join Seeds Canada June 1. “We look forward to welcoming Barry to our organization. His national experience in the grain sector, understanding of agriculture issues and extensive experience in strategic development and leadership will be an asset,”… Read More

Should growers broadcast or band fertilizer at soybean planting? That’s a question Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) soybean specialist Horst Bohner has been hearing a lot lately. Earlier this week at a virtual Ridgetown/Simcoe agribusiness breakfast meeting, Bohner recommended growers broadcast and incorporate fertilizer at planting rather than banding. “Putting fertilizer… Read More

The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) has released their latest strategic plan, the first since the organization’s decision in late 2020 to not join Seeds Canada. The business plan, developed by six working groups and led by the board of directors, identifies three main priorities for CSGA. These priorities are: Assuming additional responsibility in delivering… Read More

The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) has announced that Doug Miller will take on the position of executive director and CEO of CSGA, effective April 1. Miller arrived at CSGA in 2011, and since then has managed CSGA’s core certification business and technology infrastructure. As a recognized industry thought leader and innovator, Miller has been… Read More

Alliance Seed and SeCan say they’ve agreed to a cash settlement worth over seven hundred thousand dollars with a large farm in southern Alberta that made unauthorized sales of barley and wheat varieties protected by plant breeders’ rights (PBR) legislation. Alliance, SeCan, and one unnamed seed distributor will receive $737,597 in compensation for royalties, as… Read More

Resistance to Bt corn rootworm hybrids has developed in Ontario and growers are asking: what’s the best strategy to control the yield-robbing pest if in-seed technology fails? Resistance has been confirmed in several fields in Huron, Perth and Durham Counties in Ontario and the problem is likely even more widespread, says Tracey Baute, Ontario Ministry… Read More

Selecting the right hybrids can make or break the profitability of a corn crop. There are a multitude of factors that combine to produce high-yielding, profitable harvests, but if growers make the wrong hybrid choices they’ll need some luck and good fortune to produce a successful crop, says University of Guelph associate professor Dr. David… Read More