Whose Duty is it?

Today producers in North America have a wide selection of seed options from which to choose. However,  the opportunity to grow some seed has come with a price.  Syngenta’s genetically modified (GM) corn Agrisure™ Viptera was commercially approved for production in 2010 in the United States (and later Agrisure DuradadeTM in 2012). …

Innovation and Farm Labour

[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15180628″]For as long as there has been innovation, it has displaced labour. Innovations often improve the efficiency of technology, reducing the cost of production and the labour required to produce the products. Agriculture is no different in this than any other industry sector. Following World War II was …

Robots in the Rhubarb

Technology Innovations are Transforming Farming Two weeks ago, I was in Melbourne, Australia participating in the Agricultural Bioscience International Conference. It was an excellent conference and I found one topic particularly interesting, the technical advancements in applying autonomous technology to farming. Did you know that every field in the United …

The Cost of Regulatory Delays on Agriculture Innovations

How Political Interference is Jeopardizing Agriculture Research in Developing Countries In Canada, the regulatory approval of all new crop varieties is done using science as a basis of comparison. New varieties have to be at least as good as existing varieties in terms of yield, disease resistance, and other agronomic …

Hybridization, breeding and hybrid cultivars

By: Graham Scoles, Ph.D., PAg Hybridization Hybridization refers to the natural or deliberate pollination between two plants.  It occurs all the time in the wild as many plants are cross-pollinated and when the pollen from one plant lands on the stigma of another plant, and if fertilization is successful in …