Licensing Distribution of Pulse Varieties Outside Saskatchewan

Pulse Growers enter into licensing agreements with SeCan and SeedNet

by SPG Staff

In early November, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) announced that they had licensed distribution rights for select Crop Development Centre (CDC) pulse varieties in provinces outside of Saskatchewan to SeCan and SeedNet for a 10-year period.

The change comes after Alberta Pulse Growers (APG) discontinued their agreement with SPG that provided Alberta farmers with royalty-free access to CDC pulse crop varieties. For a number of years APG and Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers had been making financial contributions towards the CDC’s pulse breeding program that provided growers in Alberta and Manitoba access to CDC varieties royalty-free. After APG expressed interest in moving away from that arrangement, SPG began looking for alternative ways that Alberta growers could pay for access to varieties in a different way.

“Saskatchewan pulse producers contribute significant upfront funding towards the development of CDC varieties,” says Carl Potts, Executive Director of SPG. “These contributions are made through SPG’s investment of pulse levy towards the CDC pulse breeding program. In exchange for this investment, SPG ensures that Saskatchewan growers are provided with royalty-free access to CDC developed varieties.”

By licensing the distribution of these varieties for sale in provinces outside of Saskatchewan, SPG is ensuring that growers in other provinces are paying for access to varieties developed by the CDC. “By working together with SeCan and SeedNet, we are
creating a mechanism for growers in Alberta and Manitoba, or other regions of Canada, to pay for access to CDC varieties through a seed-royalty system,” says Potts.

Royalties paid by growers accessing licensed varieties outside Saskatchewan will flow back to SPG. “SPG will utilize the revenue generated from these licensing agreements to invest into projects and program areas that are in alignment with SPG’s strategic key result areas,” explains Potts. Those key results areas include work to improve yield potential for existing pulse crops, and to develop a pulse crop option for every acre of arable land in the province.

SeedNet will have distribution rights for the varieties they have been awarded for all of Canada (excluding Saskatchewan). SeCan will have distribution rights for the varieties they have been awarded across Canada (excluding Saskatchewan).

“SeCan members have grown CDC varieties in the past and we felt it was critical to ensure that our members continued to have access to the varieties,” says Todd Hyra, Business Manager for Western Canada with SeCan. “With more than 500  independent member companies in Western Canada, SeCan is ideally suited to ensure that the CDC varieties are broadly available across all areas of adaptation.”

“SeedNet wants to provide growers with the best genetics to satisfy the increasing demand for pulse crops in Canada,” says Elizabeth Tokariuk, General Manager for SeedNet. “Each farm is unique, so SeedNet means to provide a range of varieties from
the many excellent Canadian breeders, which certainly include those at CDC in Saskatoon.”

For seed growers outside Saskatchewan that are interested in accessing the varieties that have been licensed for distribution outside Saskatchewan, they can contact SeCan and SeedNet for more information.

Varieties with Licensed Distribution Rights

SeedNet (Canada, outside Saskatchewan)

  • CDC Inca (yellow pea)
  • CDC Proclaim CL (small red lentil)
  • CDC Palmer (Kabuli chickpea)

SeCan (Canada, outside Saskatchewan)

  • CDC Spruce (green pea)
  • CDC Forest (green pea)
  • CDC Spectrum (yellow pea)
  • CDC Athabasca (yellow pea)
  • CDC Canary (yellow pea)
  • CDC Jasper (forage pea)
  • CDC Blazer (maple pea)
  • CDC Kermit (small green lentil)
  • CDC Roxy (extra small red lentil)
  • CDC Impulse CL (small red lentil)
  • CDC Redmoon (small red lentil)
  • CDC 3674-15 (small red lentil)
  • CDC 4371-4 (small red lentil)