(November 10, 2015) CWBA has reviewed all the candidates for the current Saskatchewan commodity commission elections. You will or should have received mail in ballots for the Sask. Wheat Development Commission, the Sask. Barley Development Commission and the Sask. Pulse Commission* if you have paid those levies.
We are asking farmers to support the following candidates mainly because they support public plant breeding and the principle that farmers must own what they have paid to develop. They also support the right of farmers to save and store their seed.
In short, the following candidates believe we should own what we pay for, not the private seed companies that want to use our check-off money to improve their profits.
Most farmers see this every spring when they compare the cost of buying certified canola seed owned by the agro-chemical-seed companies with the cost of buying certified wheat, barley, and pulse seed developed by public plant breeding and owned by farmers. We pay for it – we should own it.
* Electronic vote via internet (for Sask Pulse only) or ask for mail in ballot right away as ballots are out.
Help us keep control of the grain we raise. Call your neighbors and others you know and ask them to vote for the above candidates.
1981/82 to 1999/00:
• Average spring wheat yield increase = 1.25% per year.
• Average canola yield increase = 0.92% per year.
2000/01 to 2012/13:
• Average spring wheat yield increase = 2.94% per year.
• Average canola yield increase = 2.62% per year.
Plant breeding investment required to keep the current rate of yield increase
• Wheat: $25 Million per year (Public plant breeding)
• Canola: $80 Million per year (Private company plant breeding)
Public Plant Breeding costs less for better results
than private canola breedingFrom: Dr. R. Graf,“Crop Yield and Production Trends in Western Canada” – March, 2013 read more about public plant breeding here: Public Plant Breeding