Pedigreed seed acres increase

Canada’s pedigreed seed acreage was up sharply this year, according to figures compiled by the Canadian Seed Growers Association.

The country’s seed growers dedicated nearly 1.34 million acres to pedigreed seed production, up from 1.17 million acres last year.

This year’s production was the industry’s highest since 2001.

Manitoba seed growers registered the largest year-over-year increase with acreage up nearly 69,000 acres to 380,000 last year.

Saskatchewan’s acreage was up 57,000 acres to 333,000.

As usual, wheat was the most widely grown pedigreed seed crop among association members. They grew 399,009 acres of pedigreed wheat varieties this year, up from 320,000 last year.

Soybeans were the association’s second largest crop at 339,000 acres, followed by barley at 111,000 acres and peas at 71,000.

The association released the 2015 production numbers at its Nov. 4 annual interprovincial seed growers meeting in Saskatoon.

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