BASF Agricultural Solutions has committed $100,000 towards updates to the crop breeding facility at the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) at Saskatoon. The updates will reduce cycle time and increase early generation selection on new crop varieties, including pulses.
This funding is announced in conjunction with the 25-year anniversary of BASF and CDC working together.
“The partnership of CDC and BASF is one of the longest-standing public-private partnerships in Canadian agriculture. It has played a vital role in enabling CDC to deliver on its mandate to improve economic returns for farmers and the agriculture industry of Western Canada,” says CDC Director Curtis Pozniak. “BASF’s investments in CDC have enabled a range of new crop-breeding innovations, and with today’s announcement, our relationship is set to continue long into the future.”
Canadian farmers supply approximately 40 per cent of the world’s lentils, making pulse crops an important export for Canada. For 25 years, the partnership between BASF and CDC has helped bring new innovations to market and resulted in a system change for Canadian agriculture, including the introduction of imidazolinone (IMI)-tolerant pulse lines to improve weed control options for farmers.