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Gov of Sask: Reboot your flax seed in 2014

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Since 2009, the flax industry has been working hard to keep the European Union (EU) market open to Canadian flax. Over the last three years, the amount of Triffid contamination in Canadian flax seed stocks and commercial production has decreased dramatically. Significant and consistent decrease was seen in our pedigreed flax seed, which showed zero positive samples for Triffid in testing conducted for three years in a row. Farm grain and farm-saved seed are consistently showing about three per cent Triffid contamination. As the current tolerance limit to access the EU market is still effectively zero, planting ‘Triffid-free’ seed is still the key.

The flax breeders at the Crop Development Centre in Saskatoon reconstituted their two popular flax varieties—CDC Bethune and CDC Sorrel—and two new varieties, CDC Sanctuary and CDC Glas. Reconstitution of a variety is a very laborious process where the breeder tests each and every plant in the greenhouse for Triffid contamination and only seed from plants that have tested negative is pooled to make breeder’s seed for that variety. These reconstituted breeder seed lots were supplied to SeCan. This pedigreed seed was grown under a very stringent agreement in 2012 and 2013.

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