A new licensing system gives Alberta growers access to new CDC pulse varieties, but raises seed costs.
In early 2016, Alberta Pulse Growers pulled its research funding from the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre (CDC), prompting concerns from Alberta Seed Growers members about access to new varieties. However, they now have access again.
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers has licensed distribution rights for select CDC pulse varieties in provinces outside of Saskatchewan to SeCan and SeedNet for a 10-year period. With the added royalty, farmers will pay more for certified seed.
For more information on the varieties licensed to SeCan and SeedNet, visit the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers website.