Category Archives: Plant Breeding

Open Source Seed

A group of scientists, seed growers and breeders have launched a new campaign in an effort to keep seeds in the hands of farmers. The new website was launched with much fanfare, including an interview on CBC radio’s As It Happens. The … Continue reading

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North Dakota seed growers named farmers of the year

From the MOSES (Mid-west Organic and Sustainable Education Service) conference, the largest organic conference in the US (1300 people this year). More on the conference here This is a great talk about organic seed production, selecting varieties for Northern … Continue reading

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The Genesis of Organic Wheat

Organic growers heard the news about the recent registration of an organically bred variety of oat at the Organic Alberta conference last year in Olds. At this year’s conference in Barrhead, we heard another announcement: the registration of new organically … Continue reading

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12 Grain Crops for the Small Farmer – Part 1: Hulless Grains

Say you don’t have specialized grain-growing equipment, but you want to grow some grains one a relatively small scale. What kinds of crops could you grow, and how? This is a three-part series on grains for small farmers. Many small … Continue reading

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Oats of the Future

Oats are awesome. They are a delicious part of my Scottish ancestry. They are cheap and easy to cook. They are a key ingredient to my favourite desert (apple crumble). More and more research is telling us about the “heart … Continue reading

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The Canadian Gene Bank

Wouldn’t it be cool if Canada had a facility that collected seeds from all across the country and around the world and preserved them in a central facility? Well we have just that. Located on the campus of the University … Continue reading

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Carman, MB Field Day 2013

  The University of Manitoba Natural Systems Agriculture research laboratory/field site located in Carman Manitoba hosted a field day in late July. The tour, led by head researcher Dr. Martin Entz, packed a lot into a three hour “moonlight tour”, which … Continue reading

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Organic plant breeding

  We’ve teamed up with researchers at the University of Manitoba to expand organic breeding work in Canada. Here, Anne Kirk, a plant breeder working with organic guru and Professor Martin Entz, is growing wheat and oat plants that she … Continue reading

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Participatory wheat breeding

Our program is working on developing new organically-bred varieties through a participatory breeding program. Farmers, researchers and industry are working together to make crosses and select plants that are adapted to the unique growing conditions of organic farms. Here, Stuart … Continue reading

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Mustard diversity

Mustard is second only to wheat as the most important crop grown in Western Canada. Mustard can be eaten as a leafy green, or it can be grown for seed. Oil from mustard seed can be used for condiment mustard, … Continue reading

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