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Seed for the Future

The proof is in your field

Before we look at the future of seed innovation, let’s take a look back at how far the industry has come. Since 1960, yields of major field crops grown in Canada have increased by 60%. This achievement didn’t happen by accident – it’s the result of plant breeding, and its value can be seen in higher yielding varieties with better agronomic traits, pest resistance and more.

New traits mean better crops for you

Every innovation means another problem solved or a need met, such as:

  • improved disease and insect resistance
  • higher yield potential
  • drought tolerance
  • salinity tolerance
  • improved nitrogen use efficiency
  • traits for healthier foods such as omega-3 oils, reduced trans and saturated fats, increased antioxidants and increased beta glucan
  • traits for renewable resources such as biofuels and bioplastics

Impact on the bottom line

Plant breeding does more than add to your yields – it adds to your bottom line and to the Canadian economy. Consider this:

  • Canola came to Canada in 1974 – it now adds $15.4 billion annually to Canada’s economy.
  • Canada has become more globally competitive through increased access to better yielding, high quality varieties. For example, Canada’s farmers have the choice of over 700 corn, 500 soybean and 200 canola varieties.
  • But it’s not just choice, it’s dollars in your pocket:
    • One new wheat variety generated an increase of $562 million in farm gate receipts since its introduction.
    • One new feed barley variety generated additional farm revenue of over $35 million in 2007 alone.