Simply put, Seed Synergy is described as a process, not an entity. Those familiar with the inner workings of the seed industry have heard about Seed Synergy for quite some time, but those further out — and those on the farm — likely haven’t heard much. As Dan Wright, president of Canadian Seed Trade Association, explains… Read More

Farming is evolving into such a precise business, it only makes sense that soil, seed, and tissue testing and analysis all happen under one roof. That’s the thinking behind SGS Biovision — a new company formed when SGS bought Biovision Seed Labs late in 2017. The lab offers farmers a one-stop-shop for testing and diagnostics…. Read More

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

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 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

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