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WILL AND JEAN VAN ROESSEL
BOX 490, BOW ISLAND, AB T0K 0G0
Office: (403) 545-6018 Cell: (403) 952-0913
Office Toll Free 1-866-545-6018
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Web site: www.specialtyseeds.ca

January 2008

Dear Friend:


Spraying fungicide on AC Strongfield

We hope you had a good crop this year so that you are able to sell your production for some exceptional prices this year. Our farm was hit with a major hail/wind storm on August 10 which took over half of the crop.


Corner system after wind storm

Irrigated AC Strongfield after hail

With some of the record prices available now for 2008 crop, it is important to produce the best crop possible. Good quality pedigreed seed is an excellent way to start your production program for this year. Here is some information that might help you make some of your seeding plans.

We have the following varieties of seed available at this time. If you are interested in other varieties, we can usually direct you to a supply or else bring some in to our yard for you to pick up here.

* WHEAT

SUPERB - This has proven to be the best yielding hard red spring wheat for both irrigation and dryland (assuming the sawflies didn't get it). On irrigation, it will likely dominate the production area for a few more years.

Superb Technical Bulletin Available here [PDF format]

AC ANDREW A very high yielding soft white spring wheat variety that has a good history of production for milling. It is now becoming the preferred variety for ethanol production.

AC ANDREW Technical Bulletin Available here [PDF format]

* DURUM

AC® STRONGFIELD Very good yields, good lodging resistance, large kernel size and very good shatter resistance make this an excellent durum variety.

AC® STRONGFIELD Technical Bulletin Available here [PDF format]

* PEAS

  • CDC GOLDEN YELLOW PEA This is a new pea variety that has everything going for it. It stands well, yields well, has powdery mildew resistance, medium size seed and strong seed coat. The seed is affordable because there are no royalties on seed sales.

  • CDC SAGE GREEN PEA This variety has the best rating for standability and is resistant to powdery mildew. It also has a good rating for seed coat breakage and resistance to bleaching. No royalties on this variety either!

* FORAGE SEEDS

We are dealers for Brett-Young Seeds, who sell all sorts of grasses and legumes including AURORA Timothy and HYBRIFORCE-400 hybrid alfalfa. They will custom blend any order to your needs.

* INOCULANTS: Becker Underwood, Philom Bios and EMD Crop BioScience

We sell nitrogen inoculants for all pulse crops and legumes as well as phosphate inoculants for almost every crop. If you order in January, we can get you some excellent prices, and you don't have to pay until May.



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