Category: The Seedpod

The Seedpod — Ep 11: Two Tests for Aphanomyces

Aphanomyces is a soil-borne water mold thatcauses devastating root rots in pulses, especially pea and lentil crops. Unfortunately for farmers, the aphanomyces spores can live in the soil for 10 years, and thrive under wet conditions. That means, not only has this root rot advanced rapidly across many areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta, but it’s… Read more »

The SeedPod — Ep 10: Battling Fusarium and Ergot with a Colour Sorter and Gravity Table

The seed growing season doesn’t really end at harvest. Once a seed crop is harvested the grower needs to condition and clean the seed to get the lot sample up to a certified grade. Seed cleaning plants have many shapes and sizes, but the overall process is the same — taking the harvested crop and sifting out… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep 9: Collaboration Turns up the Volume on Seed Industry Messaging

Agriculture is big business, but a small industry, if you think about the number of people involved. Within each sector, that number shrinks significantly, and, at times, trying to communicate the needs of one sector can be tough when you’re few in number. The seed industry has faced that challenge for quite some time, and,… Read more »

Seedpod – EP 8 – 2017 Seed Quality – What Looks Good and What Doesn’t

As the calendar spins into 2017, we reflect that the 2016 harvest was one farmers will not soon forget. As spring gets closer, farmers need to consider ensuring they have the appropriate seed quality suitable for planting. Shaun Haney talks to Holly Gelech, Biovsion Seed Labs about the quality of the 2016 harvest from a… Read more »

Seedpod — Ep 7: Taking a Tour of the Global Seed Industry

In this episode, we wanted to take you on an exploration of the global seed industry and compare it back to Canada. Since everything starts with seed, gaining an understanding of how other countries function allows us to understand our own system better. See past SeedPod episodes In episode 7 of the SeedPod, I chat… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep 6: When Mergers and Acquisitions Come in Droves

According to data gathered by Thomson Reuters, 2015 was a banner year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A), generating $4.7 trillion in announced deals. It’s no surprise to those of us in agriculture, who witnessed a wave of mergers, including the surprising union of Dow AgroSciences and DuPont Pioneer. “You have to start by realizing M&A is constant,… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep 5: An Update from the Canadian Seed Trade Association

The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) was founded in 1923 to represent Canadian businesses with a vested interest in seed research, marketing and production. Today, the association is made up of roughly 125 members, ranging from large multi-nationals to single-family seed growers, and across a diverse range of market segments. According to Scott Horner, president of… Read more »

The Seedpod(cast) — Ep. 4: Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment

Are you flying blind when it comes to starting your crop? An untested seed lot is exactly that, untested — you don’t know what diseases may be lurking in the bin that could contribute to pathogen load in the field or choke off seedlings before they get a chance to grow. What’s more, variable seed… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep. 3: The Surprising Sophistication of Seed Testing & Seed Lot Sampling

Change happens fast in agriculture. Just a century ago, Canadian farmers were behind a horse and plow. Today, we talk about cab comfort, the potential for unmanned aerial vehicle spraying, smart phone apps and biotechnology. The seed industry is no different. The process of collecting and testing a sample of seed is continually evolving as well…. Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep. 2: Regulating On Ideals, and Is There More On the Chopping Block?

It’s no wonder that Western Canada is watching what’s unfolding in Ontario closely. That province’s government’s move to closely regulate neonicotinoid seed treatments, even after changes in corn and soybean planting showed significant reductions in bee health risk, has many in the agriculture industry wondering what this means for pesticide access moving forward. In this… Read more »

The Seedpod — Ep. 1: What UPOV ’91 Really Means For Farm-Saved Seed

Canada’s rules and regulations regarding plant breeder’s rights adhere to a convention that’s over 35 years old, even though there is a more modern, widely accepted convention that’s a mere 23 years old — UPOV ’91. Bill C-18, currently in the parliamentary process, will bring Canada in line with UPOV ’91, a move that has… Read more »