They could give it to me for free and I’m still not growing it.Merimat2 BASF said you were too lake for this coming crop year and you will not be able to get canola seed till 2024. Their clever marketing scheme of shorting the market and jacking up the price 20% to create panic buying worked better than expected. Ha Ha
I call bs , they can grow as much seed as they please and even more in South America.I have no doubt basf certainly is profiteering like most companies are these days, and that is morally and ethically reprehensible, but I do know the shortage of seed compared to the demand is real. Production is down for all sorts of reasons including natural disasters like hail, and there are only so many areas in Western Canada where they are set up to do hybrid seed production (irrigation and leaf cutter bees required) and there's pretty stiff competition for those acres with other valuable crops. Also many acres are not eligible for seed production because of volunteer pressure and certain weeds. No one I know enjoys multiplying seed for canola, so when there are other crops that are similar in revenue, we do them!
I did not see anyone offer to sell their canola this last winter for $17 or $18 when the price was north of $20 because at $17-$18 they were making money so they didn't NEED to get more. I wonder how much of the increase in seed prices goes to the growers. Nobody is going to grow seed canola for the same price, or even close to the same price as commercial seed. Price of commercial canola goes over $20 for the first time in history, what do y'all think that will do to the price being paid to the seed growers??.Would any of you sell anything for less than you could actually get for it ?
Do you grow winter or spring varieties? I assume winter ones have an advantage over spring for crop competition against weeds. Winter varieties which could stand our winters would be the holy grail.Depending on your weed pressures I understand needing the traits, but has anyone looked at photosyntech or rubisco canola seeds? I know this spring there prices hadn’t changed much and the non gm varieties seem to be doing the best yields. Here anyway.