The jury is still out on how quality problems with the 2010 crop will impact the 2011 seed supply.

"It will vary greatly, depending on the region. In some areas where the crop did not get planted or there were extremely tough conditions, there may be limitations," says Todd Hyra, business manager with SeCan.

"A lot of seed growers are just doing their preliminary germination tests right now. In some areas we are seeing some dormancy. Whether that will result in lower germs in the end, we're not certain," he says.

"It's still early, but one of the nice things is seed growers typically grow more than is used on an annual basis."

He says the newest varieties - those where seed production was only occurring on a small number of farms - will likely be impacted the most.

~ Friday, November 12, 2010 ~