Seed World

Anne Kirk on How the PGDC Helps the MCVET Trials Succeed

Anne Kirk, cereals specialist for Manitoba Agriculture, sits down with Marc Zienkiewicz at the recent meeting of the Prairie Grain Development Committee (PGDC) in Banff, Alta., to talk about how what happens at the PGDC meeting helps the Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Trials succeed. Interview conducted March 1 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

“Putting together a seed guide involves gathering and analyzing data on various agronomic, disease, and quality characteristics of different seed varieties, with the goal of providing farmers with useful information to help them make informed decisions about which seeds to grow,” she says.

To do this effectively, it’s important to stay up-to-date on developments in the field, such as changes to disease resistance readings or new information about plant diseases, and to incorporate this information into the seed guide.

“The information collected from the PGDC including voting on disease or economic characteristics, can be particularly useful for accurately representing these values in the seed guide. Ultimately, the seed guide serves as a valuable resource for farmers, helping them to optimize their crop yields and overall success.”