Seed supplies are strong, no delivery problems expected

But order seed by phone or online, and keep your distance during delivery

Alberta farmers shouldn’t face any challenges finding seed as the pandemic plays out over the next few weeks — but stick to phone calls and online orders when working with your seed supplier.

“To my knowledge, there shouldn’t be a lot of problems (with seed supply),” said Kelly Chambers, executive director of Alberta Seed Growers. “But you’re not going to get your spring work done if you’re not healthy, so follow the provincial recommendations as well as possible.”

In an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, health authorities recommend staying home as much as possible, avoiding crowds, and keeping a distance of one to two meters between yourself and others.

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That means “making a lot more phone calls rather than just dropping in. That’s not necessarily the best for your seed grower or yourself,” said Chambers.

“A phone call can get you the information you need as a farmer to make your variety selections.”

Another online resource is the Alberta Seed Guide’s seed finder site, said Chambers.

“Regional variety trial information, grower listings, and seed plant listings can all be found on the seed finder website,” she said. “It’s an excellent resource, in these times especially.”

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Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is a Red Deer-based reporter with a post-secondary education in professional writing and nearly 10 years of experience in corporate communications, policy development, and journalism. She's spent half of her career telling stories about an industry she loves for an audience she admires--the farmers who work every day to build a better agriculture industry in Alberta.

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