When it comes to seed innovation, Bayer Crop Science wants to be at the forefront.
The company hosted a one-day trade show in Ponoka on Thursday for groups in the industry dealing with seed crop science.
It is a way to work closely with seed growers and processors, but also equipment suppliers who deal with the seeds, explained Nathan Klassen, the company’s acting seed growth manager for Western Canada.
“It’s more of an education opportunity…How to get the most out of your seed treatment, seed treatment application tips,” said Klassen.
There were presenters speaking on polymers and biologics used for seed coating and more. For Bayer, it’s about finding ways to increase the profitability of the seed.
When asked about some of the benefits of these innovations, Klassen said there is a growing world population and producers are having to grow more on fewer acres. Seed development is about trying to maximize yield potentials, while minimizing disease.
Much of this is relatively new. Klassen pointed out that Bayer Crop Science is a development that’s only five years in. The reason that the seed growth team was created was because the company understood the work is more than just seed treatment. There is also a need to ensure seeds work well with equipment.
Clients are looking for expertise in knowing how to properly do the work, said Klassen.
“We have very good relationships with the people who are commercially applying seed. The seed growers and the seed planters here in Alberta,” said Klassen.
He feels there is strong growth potential for seed quality and protection.
“Most producers, they’re looking for every little bit to try and squeeze a few bushels or to be as productive as they can.”