On Monday, RealAg Radio is on location at the Canadian Seed Trade Association’s semi-annual meeting in Ottawa, Ont.  Today’s show sponsor is Fortenza seed treatment that’s powered by Syngenta. Guests include: Todd Hyra, President of the Canadian Seed Trade Association speaks about the proposed value creation models suggested by the industry Scott Ewert with Syngenta… Read More

SeCan’s annual Grow A Leader program has raised $52,716 to support 4-H Canada in 2018. Over its five-year history, the program has contributed more than $250,000 to support 4-H across the country. “4-H is all about developing rural leaders and that’s what we’re doing when we support this program,” says SeCan communications manager Brenda Trask. “We… Read More

More than $140,000 over the past three years. That’s the latest tally for SeCan’s ongoing ‘Grow a Leader’ program that sees the seed company contribute $1 for every unit of soybean seed purchased by grower customers during its ‘early order’ week in October. SeCan communications manager Brenda Trask explains that the program is based on… Read More

Canada’s largest distributor of certified seed is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Likely ahead of its time in bringing together industry, universities, government and producer partners, the not-for-profit member association known as SeCan was started in 1976. “The roots are tied very closely to the Canadian Seed Growers Association — seed growers, seed trade,… Read More

A pair of major wheat research announcements coincided with the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission’s annual general meeting in Saskatoon on Wednesday. Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart announced $1.5 million for six projects through the Canadian Wheat Alliance. Industry and government partners from across the prairies are also contributing $1.7 million to the genetic and agronomic… Read More

After a 41 year career with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canad, and building his reputation as a world-class wheat breeder, Dr. Ron DePauw has joined SeCan in the position of Science Advisor. DePauw recently retired from AAFC, a career marked by the successful breeding of prairie-farm-staple AC Barrie. DePauw was also a co-developer of AC Lillian,… Read More

The number of acres committed to identity-preserved (IP) soybean production in Ontario has dwindled in recent years, but 2014 will likely reverse that trend, as lower commodity prices make the IP premium more attractive. But where will IP soybean acres end up? How big of a jump could Ontario see? What’s seed supply and contract… Read More

Public breeding (for plants, that is) is not something you’d imagine the public yelling into a telephone about, telling their elected officials support for public plant breeding must absolutely be part of the next federal or provincial budget, or else. But stranger things have happened. For example, who would have thought people would get so… Read More