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Terramax research and development :  Programs focus on the introduction of new varieties and new crop kinds to enhance the economic sustainability of agriculture.

Commodity Marketing:  A major element for Terramax, evolved out of the necessity to gather production into marketable quantities, to provide specialized processing, to identify buyers, and to sustain their awareness of our new products and their excellent quality. The primary goal of the Terramax marketing program is to maximize economic returns to the producers participating in specialty crop farming.

Private and Public Plant Breeding:  Organizations from many countries participate in the Terramax program. Terramax conducts a broad spectrum trial and evaluation of new varieties and crops at several locations throughout the prairie region of Canada. Successful candidates are put forward for licensing, seed increase, and introduced for commercial on-farm production.

Distribution and Seed Maintenance:  Seed distribution is achieved through a network of professional pedigreed seed growers. The required seed conditioning, cleaning, and scaling equipment assures quality seed production and good service to local communities.

Terramax’s Ongoing Programs:

Terramax   –   Research and Crop Development

X-59 ( Hemp-Nut ) Hemp registered 2012 .  A medium height  grain cultivar of industrial hemp with excellent yield potential, large tan seed, compact head with compartively excellent harvestability. The compact head resists shelling.  Fibre quality is excellent ( Stemia – 2013 CHTA proceedings).

Octane navy bean registered  2009  Offers good pod clearance and upright stature suitable for dryland and irrigated production. Later maturing than Skyline.

Skyline Navy bean registered  2009    Beautiful pearl white seeds.    Early , and intended  for solid seeding in southeast Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  It has good disease tolerance to anthracnose races 73 and 105.

Taboar low-tannin faba bean registered 2006.  Medium sized oval seed ,  ideally suited for  areas with good moisture .  Late maturing like soybeans.  Excellent nitrogen fixation.

Giessen Non-GMO  soybean registered 2004  Soybeans, historically unsuitable for most of the prairie region, have shown immense potential over the past few years and are well past the early development stages.

Vortex green pea registered 2004

Madoc yellow pea registered 2003.

Olvin green field pea registered 2000. Olivin green pea successfully closed the 10 – 15 bushel yield gap between yellow and green peas by yielding with the very best peas in the drought struck fields of the central and southern prairies.

Amit  (B-90)  chickpea registered  1999. High yielding, ascochyta resistant  7mm kabuli chickpeas were identified. The B-90 kabuli chickpea, well adapted to early planting into cold soil, has bought us sufficient growing time to greatly expand the growing area for this valuable crop.

FIN-314  (Finola) hemp – pedigreed seed production in 1999. Small seeded – Dwarf hemp variety , early maturing ,  can be swathed .

Millenium yellow field pea – registered in  1998.  Millenium green pea, have been licensed with higher yields and better regional adaptation.

Sirius maple peas –  introduced in 1989.   Terramax has achieved the licensing of several varieties and the introduction of new crops. In the mid-eighties, the Sirius pea was licensed and introduced to the southern prairies of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. This was a time when the characteristics of early maturity, drought tolerance, and adaptability to regions other than the northern growing regions of Saskatchewan were considered improbable. The transition period to 3 million acres of peas in the 1998 crop year carries a strong positive message.

Terramax is maintaining an ongoing program evaluating several new crops and many new varieties, with the belief that many new opportunities are yet to be discovered and developed.