Flax Day will deliver important message about seed supply
December 31, 2012 (SASKATOON, SK) The flax industry has an important message for producers in 2013: it’s time to replace your supply of flax seed.
A special session at Flax Day, the flagship annual conference presented by the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SaskFlax), will discuss changes in the Canadian flaxseed supply. The flax industry has experienced a significant drop in exports and acreage over the past two years as a result of weather events and the fall 2009 detection of CDC Triffid flaxseed, a genetically modified variety, in shipments to the European Union, where regulations do not allow imports of such products.
The industry has been working diligently through the use of stringent testing and monitoring protocols to remove Triffid from the seed supply in Canada. “But the level will not move to zero unless a zero source seed is used across the industry,” says Dave Sefton, a flax producer who represents SaskFlax on the Board of the Flax Council of Canada. The Flax Council, along with the University of Saskatchewan and SeCan, is in the process of reconstituting new seed stocks of CDC flax varieties that will be ready for the 2014 planting season.
“While there are no guarantees, the industry believes this is the best path to remove CDC Triffid from the Canadian system and start to rebuild Canada as the global leader in flax production and export,” Sefton says.
The industry is urging growers to market all existing stocks of flax seed over the next 12 months. “We suggest that starting today, producers market their oldest production first and segregate flax grown using new certified seed from production of previous years. This way, we will have two years to clear the system of old inventory,” Sefton points out.
To learn more, producers are encouraged to attend the discussion forum at the Flax Day conference at the Saskatoon Inn on Monday, January 7, 2013. The annual conference will also feature several other topics of interest to growers, including the economics of flax, new research, provincial, national and international perspectives and the always-popular Market Outlook Session.
Flax Day takes place in Ballroom C at the Saskatoon Inn Hotel & Conference Centre (2002 Airport Drive, Saskatoon) starting at 8AM January 7, 2013. Registration is only $25 at the door. Click here for full program.
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Funding for this program was provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program. In Saskatchewan, this program is delivered by the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan.