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Seed growers get access to CDC pulses

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 […] Read more

Prairie barley growers have been supporting barley variety development for 
more than two decades.

Barley groups pledge $2.4 million for barley breeding

Thanks in part to producer funding, the Crop Development Centre has released more than 70 barley varieties

Alberta Barley, its Saskatchewan and Manitoba counterparts, and the Western Grains Research Foundation will provide more than $2.4 million over five years to the barley variety development program at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. Since 1995, producers have invested almost $15 million into barley variety development through the research foundation. “This funding provides […] Read more


Major funding for wheat genomics project

The Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, and Western Grains Research Foundation are providing $3.6 million in funding over four years for a research project on wheat genomics. The goal of the Canadian Triticum Applied Genomics project, which will cost $8.8 million in total, is to develop a “breeder-friendly” genotyping platform to allow whole […] Read more