Behind the seeds

Touring with Limagrain Cereal Seeds

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of attending Limagrain Cereal Seeds' (LCS) field day in Casselton, ND. Since our strategic partnership in 2012, I have greatly enjoyed getting to know and work with the LCS crew. It was my first time at one of their field days, and here are some of the highlights of what is going on with the company.


A group of approximately 100 people made up of LCS dealers, state extension people and other partners gathered at Howe Seed Farm to view the LCS material, and hear where the company is headed. LCS was started in 2010 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their program got its start with Dr. Bob Ronig of Trigen Seeds in Minnesota. Since taking on this program, LCS has consistently doubled and tripled in size. As an example, last year they had 17,000 pre-yield rows, this year there are 54,000. Last year there were just under 500 Y1 lines tested, this year that number has grown exponentially to over 2,000. Dr. Blake Cooper explained the program is now as big as it needs to be to be effective.

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It’s R-Rated!

By: Brent Derkatch in Products

Republished from September, 2013

CANTERRA SEEDS recently announced that much anticipated launch of AC™ Emerson will occur in the fall of 2014, when Certified seed supplies are sufficient for a broad-scale introduction. The CWRW milling wheat has quickly gained notoriety as the first wheat of any class to be rated resistant to fusarium head blight (FHB), and is expected to be a game changer product for areas with high FHB pressure.

Despite its ‘game changer’ label, it is imperative that growers understand that AC™ Emerson’s R rating does not equal immunity to FHB. If disease pressure is high, yield loss due to FHB can still occur.

To demonstrate this point, please look to the chart below.

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Culture Shock

By: Sheena Pitura in All About Us

Companies often talk about the great 'corporate culture' in their organizations. All too often this is simply part of their corporate messaging, and doesn't actually ring true. This is NOT the case here at CANTERRA SEEDS. I am privileged to work with a dynamic, intelligent, fun, respectful and hardworking team. This is a great company, in large part because of the great people we get to work with. 

Last week we had the pleasure of joining together for meetings in Winnipeg. Here are a few photos from the week.

 Kosie checking out the early growth of the Showcase site in Sperling, MB

 That's a good looking sales team!

 Edwin talking to us about the work of the Research team

 A good portion of our crew, just missing a few folks.

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How to Choose the VB

By: Brent Derkatch in Products

Do you know that the VB behind varieties such as AC™ Conquer VB and Goodeve VB stands for varietal blend? This indicates to a farmer the seed he is buying contains 10% of a blended variety, which is a susceptible midge refuge. The refuge is very important to make sure the midge have something else to feed off of, so there is no breakdown in the midge tolerance gene in the variety.

Midge tolerance is based on a single gene, and it took researchers over 15 years to move this gene into wheat. The refuge system could greatly extend the life of this source of midge tolerance. Everyone has a role to play to preserve midge tolerance. There is NO plan B!

Choosing the midge refuge in a variety takes time, effort and finesse. Here are the four things we consider when looking for the right refuge:

  1. Seed Size – The seed size of both varieties must be very similar. It would be very difficult for a seed cleaner to effectively clean the variety if there is a big difference in seed size.
  2. Maturity Rating – The maturity of both varieties must also be close, so the entire crop matures at a similar time.
  3. Plant Height – Probably less important than seed size and maturity, but still an important consideration.
  4. Availability – A variety might meet all three of the other factors, but if no seed growers are growing it anymore, there won’t be supply available for blending.

CANTERRA SEEDS’ two midge tolerant varieties are AC™ Conquer VB (refuge = 5701PR) and the new hard red spring variety BW485 (refuge = Carberry).

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