At BASF, we demonstrate our commitment to grower success through ongoing investments in technology, a relentless pursuit of innovation, the highest quality control standards and unparalleled production practices. Every step along the way, our team of dedicated experts continues to push the boundaries of performance to ensure the success and long-term sustainability of Canadian growers.
In keeping with our commitment to sustainability, we’re pursuing innovative hybrid wheat technology to increase nutrient efficiency and optimize fertilizer inputs and soil conditions, while finding solutions for unpredictable climatic factors and pressure due to disease and insects. BASF hybrid wheat will help improve yield and quality performance and enhance the livelihoods of farming families and their communities.
Leveraging our expertise in plant genetics and a history of breeding success, the BASF wheat breeding station is dedicated to the research and development of spring wheat hybrids for Western Canada’s premium milling and baking classes – Canadian Western Red Spring (CWRS) & Canadian Prairie Spring (CPS). Growers can look forward to enhancing performance with resiliency in tough conditions due to disease, insects or changing weather, while capturing market opportunities and improving profitability. Performance will be demonstrated not only through yield potential and yield stability, but through protein and end-product functionality. BASF recognizes Canada’s brand equity with CWRS in global export markets, and its quality attributes are front and centre in our breeding efforts.
Growers may ask themselves why BASF has decided to pursue hybrid wheat versus the current inbred varieties? Hybrids have had a proven impact in creating more vigorous, high yielding and enhanced crops.
The hybrids are the first generation after the cross-pollination of two genetically diverse parents through a hybridization process, which enables the breeder to stack multiple traits that are resistant to diseases, insects and stress. The hybridization process itself does not involve genetic modification, and BASF has no plans to commercially release genetically modified wheat seed. Both the male and female parental lines are developed and selected for desired agronomic, disease and quality characteristics in addition to key hybrid enabling traits. The performance of parental lines and hybrids developed at both the Pike Lake wheat breeding facility and the Sabin, Minnesota wheat breeding facility are evaluated across Western Canada and the U.S. Northern Plains.
Bringing new genetic technologies to the marketplace is no small feat. Following the approval of our own research and development trials, the high standards of our seed production protocols and the rigorous field trial testing, every wheat hybrid produced by BASF is subject to review by the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye & Triticale (PRCWRT) and approval of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in regards to its suitability for registration.
Please note BASF plans to bring hybrid wheat seed to the commercial market in Canada by the mid-2020's.