Raising royalty rates on improved wheat varieties will be the topic of a farm meeting in staged in Saskatoon on Tuesday.
At this time, farm organizations have expressed varying degrees of support to a federal proposal, which would raise rates for plant breeders to get better wheat, oats and barley varieties.
Currently, the President of APAS Todd Lewis said two different proposals have been tabled.
“There has been lots of good trades in our wheat and barley varieties and that’s been done under a public breeding system.”
Lewis feels farmers just might be willing to pay for new varieties, but want to see major improvements., further noting a key issue for them is the ability they have to save their own seed for re-planting.
“It’s just not as simple as paying more than we’re guaranteed to get better variety seed,” he said. “I think we’ve done a good job in wheat breeding, there’s been lots of improvement over the year.”