2011 Finalists Backgrounder
June 13, 2011
AC Rigoden combines very large kernel size with outstanding test weight, low hull percentage, overall very good agronomics, good overall disease tolerance with better than average BYDV resistance, and broad adaptation. The amount of certified seed produced annually has been, and still remains high enough to potentially cover the total needs of the province of Quebec. AC Rigoden is also a natural choice for those who wish to grow organic crops, since it needs less fertilizer, is adapted to all soil types, and tolerates a certain amount of disease (rust, leaf spots, virus) without noticeable impact on grain quality. AC Rigoden has well surpassed the average longevity of most cereal cultivars.
Plant Breeder(s): Dr. J.P. Dubuc (retired from AAFC, Quebec City)
AC Gehl Hulless Oat
AC Gehl is the first bald-seeded hulless oat produced in Canada, and possibly internationally. It represents a new class of hulless oat and the fact that the seed is almost free of surface borne hairs makes it more acceptable by producers and handlers. The reduction in number of trichomes results in groats that are smooth resulting in very high test weights so larger tonnages of grain can be deposited in storage bins, rail cars and ships holds. The successful breeding and development of AC Gehl has stimulated small entrepreneurs in the business world to use the crop to develop new markets for new products.
Plant Breeder(s): Dr. Vernon Burrows and Dr. Bill Collins
Dividend VL Orchard Grass
Dividend VL is the latest maturing orchard grass variety ever introduced. Slow maturity progression allows Dividend VL to have a better match with alfalfa maturity at harvest. Dividend VL was developed by Stephen Bowley and Donna Hancock at the University of Guelph. This orchard grass species is recognized for its valuable use in stored feed and pasture production. It also has great attributes such as regrowth yield for multiple harvest forage systems, and provides a more consistent legume to grass ratio among first through third cuts. Dividend VL is marketed broadly for forage production, with end uses including pasture, dry hay, and haylage.
Plant Breeder(s): Stephen Bowley and Donna Hancock
Ex Rico 23 Navy Bean
Ex Rico 23 is a navy bean cultivar, registered in Canada on Decemberr 8, 1980. It has historically been one of the most important commercial navy bean varieties in Ontario and has been used as a parent in many bean breeding programs across Canada and therefore contributes significantly in the parentage of many bean varieties. The original line which started in Columbia was developed by Luis Camacho, Silvio Hugo Orozco, Gilberto Bastidas, and Londono. Over the years, Wally Beversdorf, Ken Hough, Tom Michaels, and Tom Smith have been involved in the testing. Ex Rico 23 has had a successful impact on the Canadian Bean Industry over time and has led to the development of other varieties in Canada.
Plant Breeder(s): Luis Camacho, Silvio Hugo Orozco, Gilberto Bastidas, and Londono
OAC Bayfield Soybean
OAC Bayfield is one of a kind variety that has contributed to Ontario agriculture in many different ways. It was developed by a group of researchers from the University of Guelph led by Professors Wallace Beversdorf and Jack Tanner. OAC Bayfield also has slightly higher protein content than average, stands up well in the field and is easy grow. Because of the good seed quality, OAC Bayfield was grown by a number of growers in contract production destined for food grade markets, especially in Europe. There can hardly be better evidence for impact of a variety than the number of years that it has been grown successfully and contributions to the genetics of newer varieties in which OAC Bayfield has done both.
Plant Breeder(s): Wallace Beversdorf and Jack Tanner
Yukon Gold is a medium- to high-yielding variety of attractive appearance; excellent storability; long dormancy period; and high specific gravity. Yukon gold was the first Canadian-bred potato variety to be promotes, packaged and marketed with its name on the pack. Thirty years ago, Yukon Gold tapped into a new market and responded to agricultural and consumer demands for an enhanced, disease-resistant gold variety potato easily grown in North America. Today it still remains one of the only varieties marketed by name and has become a household name in many regions of Canada and the U.S.
Plant Breeder(s): The late Garnet (Gary) Johnston, Research Scientist (BSA’49, MSA’51)