New AAC Bravo flax available for 2015
By News release
Oct. 20, 2014 — FP Genetics is pleased to announce that flax growers will have a promising new variety to plant in 2015.
AAC Bravo was developed at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at the Morden Research Station in Manitoba. With relatively good prices for flax in the market, it's expected that demand will be brisk for the new certified seed. Thankfully, FP Genetics shareholders have done a terrific job of ramping up supply over the last three years so there should be enough for growers.
AAC Bravo brings a number of improved characteristics that will benefit producers. It matures early and has excellent straw strength, which are both attractive when harvest occurs. In addition, it's a high yielding variety with disease resistance to powdery mildew and Fusarium wilt.
Finally, the large seed size will be a tremendous benefit because it's preferred by the food industry, and since it generally results in higher oil content, it will also be attractive for industrial purposes.
"In seed multiplication we have found the variety to be excellent for yield and its plump seeds make cleaning and processes much easier," says Rod Merryweather, CEO of FP Genetics. "The flax market is making a big comeback after the problems we have faced, especially in the European market. AAC Bravo will be a welcome addition to that market and we expect excellent seed sales as growers upgrade to take advantage of the potential this variety offers."