Select Seed Growers Program

Through Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) Variety Release Program (VRP), breeder seed varieties developed by the Crop Development Centre (CDC) are made available to eligible Select Status seed growers in Saskatchewan royalty-free

Variety Release Program

The Variety Release Program (VRP) is a seed distribution program managed by SPG where Select Seed Growers can access breeder seed of new broadly adapted varieties developed by plant breeders from the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. 

The program’s purpose is to increase growth of the pulse industry in Saskatchewan and Western Canada through the rapid uptake and acceptance of new and improved pulse varieties. Crops included as part of this program include pea, lentil, chickpea, bean, and faba bean. Any nationally recognized Select Seed Grower whose provincial pulse grower organization has an agreement with SPG is eligible to apply for breeder seed through this program.  

We hope to maintain the quality of the seed being released by utilizing the existing plot inspection system of the Canadian Seed Growers Association (CSGA). Select Status certification is conferred by CSGA and individuals are advised to contact CSGA directly for more details on this process. Proof of Select grower status must be received from CSGA before a grower is able to access breeder seed from the VRP.

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    • Year: CDC Spectrum (2016)

    A. Jay C. Fraser

    Crop: Pea
    Market Class: Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Spectrum


    • Year: CDC Leader (2012)

    Adam Wonnick

    Crop: Chickpea
    Market Class: Kabuli Chickpea
    Variety: CDC Leader


    Gentle Bend Farms Ltd.

    • Moose Jaw, SK
    • Phone: (306) 692-0112
    • Year: CDC Jasper (2017); CDC Spectrum (2017)

    Alan Ross Trawin

    Crop: Pea
    Market Class: Forage Pea, Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Spectrum, CDC Jasper


    • Year: CDC Marmot (2017); CDC Palmer (2017); CDC Spruce (2016); CDC Amarillo (2012); CDC Limerick (2012)

    Albert James Robertson

    Crop: Bean, Chickpea, Pea
    Market Class: Green Pea, Kabuli Chickpea, Pinto Bean, Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Spruce, CDC Amarillo, CDC Limerick, CDC Marmot, CDC Palmer


    Meadow Ridge Enterprises Ltd.

    • Year: CDC Forest (2017); CDC Greenwater (2015); CDC Inca (2015); CDC Proclaim CL (2014); CDC Raezer (2013); CDC Greenstar (2013)

    Albert Lutzer

    Crop: Lentil, Pea
    Market Class: Green Pea, Large Green Lentil, Small Red Lentil, Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Forest, CDC Proclaim CL, CDC Greenstar, CDC Greenwater, CDC Inca, CDC Raezer


    Lutzer-Latrace Seed Farm

    • Year: CDC Snowdrop (2013); CDC Meadow (2011)

    Andrew Kittle

    Crop: Faba Bean, Pea
    Market Class: Yellow Pea, Zero Tannin Faba Bean
    Variety: CDC Meadow, CDC Snowdrop


    Kittle Farms Ltd.

    • Year: CDC Proclaim CL (2016); CDC Spectrum (2016)

    Armella Kemper

    Crop: Lentil, Pea
    Market Class: Small Red Lentil, Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Spectrum, CDC Proclaim CL


    K & A Farms Ltd.

    • Year: CDC Amarillo (2013)

    Arthur P. Hundeby

    Crop: Pea
    Market Class: Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Amarillo


    Hundeby Seeds

    • Year: CDC Inca (2015); CDC Greenwater (2014); CDC Marble (2013); CDC Amarillo (2012); CDC Redcliff (2010)

    Arthur Yauck

    Crop: Lentil, Pea
    Market Class: French Green Lentil, Green Pea, Small Red Lentil, Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Amarillo, CDC Greenwater, CDC Inca, CDC Marble, CDC Redcliff


    Yauck Seed Farm

    • Year: CDC Inca (2015); CDC Amarillo (2013)

    Baine A. Fritzler

    Crop: Pea
    Market Class: Yellow Pea
    Variety: CDC Amarillo, CDC Inca


    Sundwall Seed Service