Tag: Biovision

Under the Microscope: Evaluating Seeds Born of the 2015 Crop

Dry summer conditions and a fall with off-and-on-again moisture have seed samples showing less disease than the past few years, overall, but perhaps a few extra issues with germination. “What (late season moisture) is causing is pre-sprouting,” says Holly Gelech with BioVision Seed Labs. “One of the critical factors that growers should be considering is… Read more »

Under the Microscope, Ep. 5: Specialized Seed Testing

Sometimes you just need more than germ and vigour seed testing. There are a variety of reasons why you may need a variety test, for example, or perhaps you need to know the parts per million of vomitoxin levels in fusarium damaged grain. Whatever the question or problem, there’s a seed test for it. In… Read more »

Under the Microscope — What’s Downgrading Wheat?

The 2012 wheat crop looks quite good overall but tests so far have flagged some early problems in the crop: wheat midge damage, albeit at very low levels, is being found in samples from many areas of Manitoba not used to seeing the pest. Light bushel weights, a result of low moisture and high heat… Read more »

Early Seed Test Results: Good Quality But High Disease Levels for Many Crops

Many of the typical downgrading threats at harvest were a non-issue this year. There were no early frosts and very little rain to stain and sprout kernels. As such, much of the 2012 crop is testing very well with high germination rates and low weathering. The news is not all good, however, as extremely hot… Read more »

Under the Microscope: The Importance of Proper Sampling

Harvest is a great time to grab a sample of grain and have it tested for germination and disease levels. Harvest is also the easiest (and warmest) time to get a representative sample, as you can sample as you fill bins. The sooner you know some basic quality parameters the better, as poor germ or… Read more »

Under the Microscope – Seed Lab Grading and Testing As Effective Marketing Tools

Establishing a seed grade can be a frustrating process at times, especially at point of sale. If a seed lot is on the edge, there is a lot riding on what grade it ends up making. If the crop is graded on site, there can be a lot of areas where doubt can arise as… Read more »

Under the Microscope – Putting Germination Tests In Perspective

Germination tests are standard when it comes to any seed lot. A lot of seed for sale has to tested for germination so that the farmer or seed company can decide whether the seed lot will be suitable for sale.  Farmers that are saving seed also need to make sure that their saved seed will… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Dealing with Triffid Flax Two Years Later

When CDC Triffid flax was discovered in export shipments to Europe in 2009, the result was devastating to Canadian producers and shippers.  Canada’s flax industry exports to the EU were suspended and even after strict testing policies came into place, are still not at pre 2009 levels.  At the time the news broke, the industry… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Ergot on the Rise in Harvest Samples Across the West

This years harvest samples show an alarming rise in ergot infection in wheat crops. The information comes from a Canadian Grain Commission report that shows upwards of 20 percent of western Canadian wheat crops have some degree of ergot infection. Ergot tolerances are very tight due to the toxic qualities of the ergot body that… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Two Things Farmers Need To Look Out For

For farmers in the West finished harvest, there is a tendency to sit back and breathe a big sigh of relief and rightly so. However, as any farmer who’s had a bin full of grain go bad can tell you, it’s not a time to sit back and forget about that crop. Monitoring and conditioning… Read more »

Under the Microscope – Harvest Samples Show a Few Surprises in 2011

RealAgriculture.com is happy to present a new feature segment we call “Under the Microscope”. We have partnered with BioVision Seed Labs to educate and inform producers with respect to what goes on inside the seed lab and hopefully take some of the mystery out of the process. In the first episode we talk to Holly… Read more »

A Look at Seed Quality for the 2010 Harvest – Trevor Nysetvold, Biovision

Luckily most farmers were able to complete harvest in Western Canada prior this very quick shift to cold and snow.  As is the case with every year this is the time when farmers and seed producers begin to send in samples to seed labs. Who better to talk about the quality of seed in Western… Read more »

Early Results of Seed Quality From Fall 2009 – Trevor Nysetvold

Trevor Nysetvold from BioVision Seed Lab, talks about some of the early seed quality results from the fall 2009 harvest.  Obviously harvest is dragging on for many producers but Trevor says that the early results are interesting.  Trevor talks about germination and fusarium results so far. Trevor recommends sampling procedures for farmers to get the… Read more »