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Limagrain to launch plant-based protein food next year

Paris | Reuters — French agricultural co-operative Limagrain on Tuesday said it is launching a new legumes business that aims to deliver plant-based food products from next year, betting on the fast-growing plant protein sector and a trend towards eating less red meat. Many large agricultural companies, including Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill and France’s Roquette […] Read more

Brewing canary seed

Will Canary Seed Blonde set the stage for a new market 
for your canary seed?

We all know that canary seed is no longer just for the birds. But is it for the brewers? It was a question on Lauren Wensley’s mind when she was discussing a new malting barley with a “friend of a friend” who works with Rebellion Brewing in Regina. Rebellion is known for trying out small, […] Read more


New cereal varieties for 2017

New spring wheat, barley, durum and special wheat varieties to add to next year’s plans

While lists of new corn, canola and soybean varieties have been very long, there are only a handful of new cereal varieties on the market for 2017. Canterra Spring wheat: AAC Cameron VB is a very high yielding CWRS wheat with resistance to the orange blossom wheat midge. It has medium maturity and very good lodging resistance. AAC […] Read more

New canola varieties for 2016

With 16 new varieties ready for ordering, 
farmers have a lot of choices to make


Get out your pencils. (Or iPads. It’s going to be 2016.) There are 16 new canola varieties available for next spring. Add these new choices to the strong varieties that have come out in the past few years, and western Canadian farmers have some tough decisions to make. This list is a quick roundup of […] Read more


CPSR wheat breeding program adopts ‘4-P’ model

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s breeding program for Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat in Alberta is picking up new investment partners. AAFC, Canterra Seeds and the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) on Wednesday announced they would jointly contribute $3.4 million over five years to Dr. Harpinder Randhawa’s CPSR breeding program at AAFC’s Lethbridge Research Centre. The […] Read more

Canterra, Limagrain plan cereal breeding j.v.

Canada’s recent moves to tighten protections of plant breeders’ rights are getting the credit for encouraging a new private-sector joint venture in cereal seed development for the Prairie market. Canterra Seeds and French farmer co-operative Limagrain on Thursday announced they would further tie up their wheat variety commercialization work through a new joint seed breeding […] Read more



Wheat varieties AAC Brandon: Secan's new AAC Brandon has short strong straw and is moderately resistant to fusarium.

New cereal varieties for 2015

There are 14 new cereal varieties on the market this year, including some with fusarium resistance

Corrected, Nov. 24, 2014 — Farmers looking for a new cereal crop to slide into the rotation will have their pick of 14 new varieties, plus a winter wheat that is widely available for the first time this year. Researchers are doing interesting things with cereals these days. Dr. Jamie Larsen, rye breeder with Agriculture […] Read more