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More from Top Crop Manager | Seed/Chemical | Machinery December 12, 2013
Agricultural Growth Act to spark innovation
Among the key changes being proposed in this bill are amendments to the Plant Breeders' Rights Act (PBR Act) to align with the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV '91) which would update Canada's legislation from the outdated UPOV '78 framework. The amendments would include Farmer's Privilege, which allows farmers to use seeds from the crops they grow.
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New soybean and specialty oilseed varieties for 2014
The choices in soybeans continue to expand through earlier varieties and better agronomic packages. Flax breeders are still working hard to rid the flax industry of the Triffid gene, and 2014 will see the launch of the re-constituted varieties from the Crop Development Centre. On the sunflower front, the first Clearfield-tolerant, high oleic oilseed hybrid was released in Canada this year.
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CCC announces Ultimate Canola Challenge results
The Canola Council of Canada ran the Ultimate Canola Challenge (UCC) across the Prairies in 2013. UCC plots in Alberta and Saskatchewan compared either six or 13 treatments, with nine sites producing useable results. Four sites had the six-treatment trial and five sites had the full 13 treatments.
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Understanding soil variability
The interest and adoption of variable rate fertilizer technology (VRFT) has increased dramatically in recent years. Industry agronomists and farmers have been and will continue to be on a steady learning curve to understand when and how to best utilize this technology.
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