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January 12th, 2012

It is the middle of summer in Chile and the parent seed plots are finishing flower and rogueing is wrapping up. Irrigation is the main action currently, as after a few wet years they are calling the summer of 2011/12 the worst drought in 30 years in Chile. In hybrid seed production male removal is ongoing and nearly complete, desiccation will begin in the next week which means harvest is just around the corner! Add to this that the growout readings are in full swing, field touring is at its seasonal high point, and the annual canola barbecue is next week, which make for a very busy January south of the equator.

In Canada the winter has been quite mild regarding temperature and snowfall, but the 6 weeks of wind weren’t much of a consolation. It looks like next week will bring snow and cold temperatures, so maybe winter is still on the horizon? One positive is that there is optimism that seeding will occur in a normal timeframe after wet springs the last few years have delayed the start of seeding well into May. Equipment maintenance, final seed cleaning, and preparation to treat parent seed is what is occurring day to day at the HyTech in Coaldale, and the new treater is being installed.

Next week members of HyTech’s seed production team will participate in the Agronomy Update in Red Deer. Staying up-to-date on current events, issues, and technology is essential for maximizing the performance of our fields and plots, and keeping up on agriculture in general is equally as important.