Watching wheat grow. From planting to drone shots this weekend, below is how Grow18 is turning out. If you like the video please share it!
You may have noticed that we took last week off to enjoy some vacation time. Our week off included some HOT weather, which was great for swimming lessons but was stressful on crops. The forecast is calling for more hot weather, and we are praying for rain.
We enjoyed a Sunday crop tour to end our vacation week and here is a look at how our sunflowers, fall rye, canola and wheat are developing.
Calyxt became a publicly traded company in the United States in late 2017, and is based in New Brighton, MN. They consider themselves a disruptor in the space, by using gene editing technology they are able to shorten the time to develop a new seed trait by at least 7 years and at a lesser cost. A key differentiator currently is the lack or regulatory studies required, which to date gene edited crops do not require.
In their April 1st shareholders meeting they shared their expectations for 2018:
- As of March 13, 60 growers are signed on to grow high oleic soybeans in the 2018 season
- ~12 small to large food companies have engaged across food service and food ingredient applications
- 3 projects are currently in Phase II
- High Oleic / Low Lin soybean
- Cold Storable Potato
- Powdery Mildew Resistent Wheat
- 5 additional gene edited seeds are in Phase I
- High Fibre Wheat
- Improved Oil Composition Canola
- Reduced Browning Potato
- Herbicide Tolerant Wheat
- Improved Quality Alfalfa
The Global Economy is alive and well in agriculture. Canadians are blessed with a huge land base and rich natural resources. This means that Canada has a great supply of agricultural products, not only for Canadian markets, but also to export. To celebrate Valentine's Day, we are highlighting the love for Canadian agriculture around the world.
Canadian producers play a key role in the global food economy
- Canada exports $56 billion a year in agriculture and agri-food products.
- Approximately half of everything that Canadian farmers produce is exported as either primary commodities or processed food and beverage products.
- Canadian farmers are the world's largest exporters of flax seed, canola, pulses and durum wheat.
Canadian agriculture exports are diversified.
- Canadian pulse crops (peas, lentils, beans, chickpeas) are exported to over 120 countries.
- Canadian wheat exports were worth $7.9 billion in 2014.
- Since 2010 the value of Canadian soybean exports has grown by approximately 80%.
Canadian farmers know that they help people all over the country ‘eat local’ but they also know the important role that they play in helping to feed the world. Canadian producers have a balance of cooperative spirit and a competitive nature, which serves them at home and abroad.
Share some love with your favorite Canadian farmer this Valentines day.
We are looking forward to presenting at the Global Big Data Conference on Artificial Intelligence on Wednesday, in Santa Clara, California!
This week we'll share the videos we have made for the presentation. If you like them, please share them on your Facebook or Twitter accounts, we'd love to see how many people we can reach and we'd love your help!