WINNIPEG, May 22, 2014 /CNW/ - Winnipeg-based seed innovator CANTERRA
SEEDS today announced a major increase in its internal research and
product development (R&PD) program.
"We are set for some dramatic changes in our research program, in both
scope and depth. In 2014, we will be testing five times as many
potential varieties as in 2013, including a significant amount of
material from the very early stages of variety development," said
CANTERRA SEEDS Director of Research and Product Development, Dr. Erin
The increase in testing material has also stirred the company to run its
own variety registration trials for the first time this year, in
addition to entering key lines into the publicly coordinated trials.
"This provides us with additional capacity to evaluate the large number
of lines in our program that show strong potential," explained
"Agriculture has entered a whole new world of innovation, and CANTERRA
SEEDS is determined to stay ahead of the curve by providing farmers
with the best new varieties to grow their businesses."
Armstrong noted that cereals continue to make up the majority of the
varieties evaluated, especially spring and winter wheat.
Armstrong also paid tribute to the company's ongoing exclusive
agreement, signed in 2012, with Limagrain - the fourth largest seed
company in the world - to test and commercialize Limagrain products in
"The number of potential varieties we're testing each year has increased
by over 20 times since 2012. That's given us the opportunity to offer
Canadian farmers a phenomenal degree of new choice and opportunity,"
said Armstrong. "What makes this even more exciting is that Limagrain
is just one of several research partners we are working with."
Armstrong said that the first of these products could be seen by farmers
in the spring of 2016.
SOURCE: Canterra Seeds
For further information:
Sheena Pitura P. Ag, Director of Marketing, CANTERRA SEEDS, (204) 988-9765, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org