UniSeeds Inc.http://www.uniseeds.ca/Mon, 11 Jun 2018 1:35:44 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Research & Development]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/research-and-development/http://www.uniseeds.ca/research-and-development/Mon, 11 Jun 2018 1:35:44 -0700<![CDATA[About Us]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/Mon, 11 Jun 2018 1:34:21 -0700Who We Are

UniSeeds Inc. is a professional seed business that develops and distributes high-quality industrial hemp seed. We are farmers serving farmers, with a goal to improve life through plant genetics by working collaboratively with our peers to serve the agricultural market, increase hemp production and generate agronomic knowledge that maximizes productivity. By combining conventional and new breeding and research techniques, UniSeeds aims to help meet the needs of a growing population whose demand for high-quality agricultural seeds and products continues to increase.

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<![CDATA[Home]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/http://www.uniseeds.ca/Mon, 11 Jun 2018 1:31:19 -0700We’re here to help you navigate the industrial hemp sector with our wrap-around support, shared vision and stellar genetics.

If you are a farmer wishing to know more about growing hemp on your farm and how it can add value to your crop rotation, go to the “I’m a Farmer” section. You can access our seed variety catalogue and review regulatory and agronomic information about cultivating industrial hemp on your farm.

If you are a hemp food processor or product manufacturer looking for information on ingredients or products with specific characteristics to improve your product line, visit the “I’m a Manufacturer” section. You can find details on our available grades of hemp grain, oil, meal and fiber suitable for a wide array of end products.

Please note that for orders received after January 31, 2018, availability of inventory cannot be guaranteed.

Order Your Seed For 2018 Today!
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<![CDATA[What is Industrial Hemp]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/what-is-industrial-hemp/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/what-is-industrial-hemp/Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:55:41 -0700In the Industrial Hemp Regulations, industrial hemp includes Cannabis plants and plant parts, of any variety, that contains 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or less in the leaves and flowering heads.

Industrial hemp also includes the derivatives of industrial hemp plants and plant parts. These do not include the flowering parts or the leaves.

Examples of derivatives that are considered industrial hemp include: hemp seed oil (oil derived from seed or grain) and hemp flour.

Industrial hemp does not include:

Non-viable Cannabis seeds, except for their derivatives. While the derivatives of non-viable Cannabis seeds are considered to be industrial hemp, the non-viable seeds themselves are not industrial hemp; Mature Cannabis stalks, when those stalks are stripped of their leaves, flowers, seeds, and branches; Fiber derived from such mature Cannabis stalks. Most activities with non-viable cannabis seeds, with bare mature cannabis stalks (without leaves, flowers, seeds, and branches), and with fiber derived from bare mature cannabis stalks, are not controlled under the CDSA. As such, they do not require authorization.

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<![CDATA[UniSeeds Variety Catalogue]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/uniseeds-variety-catalogue/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/uniseeds-variety-catalogue/Wed, 17 Jan 2018 9:21:31 -0700<![CDATA[Commercial Hemp Production]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/commercial-hemp-production/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/commercial-hemp-production/Wed, 17 Jan 2018 9:07:21 -0700*Growers will find this information useful; however, keep in mind that the following are only suggestions…
 

Before you plant…

Licensing

In Canada, Hemp is classified as a Controlled Substance, which means you must apply to Health Canada for a License to Cultivate Industrial Hemp. The process is straightforward, and UniSeeds can help with any questions you may have. Just remember, you will need to include maps with GPS coordinates marking the main corners/points of your field(s), and you must submit a current Criminal Reference Check from your local police detachment.

Crop Production Contract

Grain production contracts may be available for Industrial Hemp growers cultivating a minimum of 50 acres with their own combine, drying and storage capacity. Production contracts are normally required if you intend to apply for crop insurance.

Crop Production Insurance

Production insurance for Industrial Hemp is available in Ontario through Agricorp. Notify Agricorp of your intent to grow hemp or initiate a new customer application for production insurance by calling Agricorp Head Office at 1.888.247.4999.

For those located outside of Ontario, production insurance for Industrial Hemp may be available in your province. Contact your appropriate crop insurance program provider to inquire.

Rotation/Field Preparation

Hemp is a heavy nutrient feeder so following a legume can work well but watch out for white mold carryover as hemp is susceptible and can lead to quality concerns.

Hemp is quite sensitive to residual herbicides so ground should be free of chemical residues (e.g. Pursuit). For conventional production, glyphosate application to control weeds pre-plant is a good option.

In most situations hemp responds better under conventional tillage conditions. No-till systems are very challenging with hemp, but success can be had in light sandy soil.

Planting...

Seeding

For Grain production, we recommend seeding 20 to 25 pounds of seed per acre at a depth of between 0.5” to 1.0″, between May 15-30, when ground temperatures have risen above 8 to 10°C.

Calibration of all seeding equipment is essential. If using an air seeder, use minimum fan speed as seed damage is possible.

Fertility

Hemp responds well to N, P, K and S when soil nutrients are low. Soil testing is suggested to determine optimal fertilizing rates.

Total Plant (Kg.ha)

Grain (Kg/ha)

Uptake

*Suggested Rates

Nutrient

Hemp

Canola

Hemp

Canola

Hemp/day

Hemp

N

200

120

40

65

6.7

70 to 90lb (Actual N)

P

47

50

19

35

1.56

35 to 40lb

K

211

75

10

17

6

As req’d per soil test

S

14

20

3

12

As req’d per soil test

Weed Control

Assure II herbicide is registered for hemp to control grass weeds. There are no registered products for broadleaf weed control; registration is in process for two additional herbicides.

For organic production, good tillage or intercropping may be viable weed control options.

Under good growing conditions and proper fertility, hemp should not require in-season chemical weed control.

Before harvest…

THC Testing

In November 2016, Health Canada announced that THC testing of commercial hemp production fields was no longer required for any varieties on the List of Approved Cultivars. THC testing is still required for pedigreed seed production.

Harvest...

Combine preparation

We recommend using at least a Class 6 combine with draper head to harvest industrial hemp. Most newer machines can manage industrial hemp harvest with no modifications. In some older machines it may be advantageous to replace feeder house chains with belts or narrow the feeder house by placing plates on each side of feeder to minimize wrapping of fibre, in addition to replacing knives and guards. More modifications may be required on different makes of combines. Use caution. Observe all places any wrapping could occur and address the problem promptly. A soft underbelly of the machine with exposed shafts may pull stubble from the ground.

Combining

Crop should be taken off for grain when seeds begin to become exposed outside the protective bract. A field moisture level of 15% – 25% is ideal, usually between 100 to 120 days from planting. Straight cut the crop as high as is required to harvest seed from stalk. Combine settings will depend on conditions and type of combine. In general, setting the thresher for soybeans and setting the cleaning pans for oats is a good starting point.

Fibre Harvest (Optional)

Discbine and sickle mowers tend to work well. For self-propelled swathers, keep swath between 16ft-18ft.  Cut fibres as close to the ground as possible, within three days of grain harvest, in a path opposite to combine travel. You may be required to allow fibres to dry and ret in field depending on delivery specifications. Retting enables bast and shiv materials to be separated more easily after baling. Soft-core and hard core balers have both proven to be successful in the past. Bales should be at 14% or lower moisture and kept dry, preferably stored under cover.

After Harvest...

Drying

After harvest, the #1 priority is to dry the hemp to less than 9%. Dry within 4 hours or sooner using a batch grain dryer or aeration bin with full floor and large fan, with grain about 4-5 feet deep. Dry slow, at low temperatures, to avoid roasting/toasting the hemp.

***New growers are more likely to spoil a crop due to poor management at the drying stage than at any other time in the hemp production process. Any corn or wheat dryer will work but hemp cannot sit waiting to dry in a wagon, truck or bin without air. Heating can begin in less than 4 hours and spoilage can occur in less than 12 hrs. A crop can be a total write-off within 24 hours if poorly managed immediately after harvest.

Storage & Handling

Minimize damage to seed and grain by operating augers at full capacity and slowest possible speeds, similar to handling peas, beans, etc. Try to handle the grain as little as possible to prevent cracking or shelling of seed.

For long-term storage, cold and dry grain is essential. Hemp is susceptible to bacteria and mold growth. Prevent spoilage by watching for heating in the bin and monitoring moisture levels.  Higher moisture + Higher temperatures = conditions conducive for development of bacteria and molds.

Prevent other possible contamination by cleaning harvest and handling equipment, cleaning out bins and eliminating opportunities for rodents, birds, and other pests to get into stored grain prior to starting harvest and storage activities.

Residue Management

It is recommended to work any unharvested fibre back into the ground within one week of grain harvest for optimal results. Fibre can be rolled or disced into the soil. Wet soil conditions and dry fibre are a bad combination. The more frost the fibre gets, the more the bast fibre becomes tensile, which can be very problematic for equipment.

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<![CDATA[Industrial Hemp Licensing and Regulations]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/industrial-hemp-licensing-and-regulations/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/industrial-hemp-licensing-and-regulations/Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:05:55 -0700What is "production" of industrial hemp?

Cultivating, propagating and/or harvesting industrial hemp are included in production.

Industrial hemp production includes obtaining industrial hemp - e.g. viable grain or seed or their derivatives - by any method or process, including manufacturing or using any means to change the chemical or physical properties of industrial hemp and including also cultivating, propagating or harvesting industrial hemp.

Industrial hemp production is an activity that is authorized by a licence issued under the IHR, subject to the terms of the licence and to the regulations.

However, it is important to note that the production of derivatives or products made from whole industrial hemp plants, including sprouts, or the leaves, flowers or bracts of those plants, cannot be authorized by a licence issued under the IHR. Most activities with whole industrial hemp plants, including sprouts, or with the leaves, flowers or bracts of the plant, fall outside of the application of the IHR. These activities are controlled under the CDSA and are not authorized under the IHR.

What is the Industrial Hemp Regulation Program?

The Industrial Hemp Regulation Program permits Canadian farmers to grow low-TCH cannabis for industrial use, under controlled circumstances. This program administers the regulatory approval process for the commercial production of industrial hemp. It is comprised of a system of licences, permits and authorizations for all persons in Canada engaged in the cultivation, distribution, importation, exportation, and processing of industrial hemp. The program started on March 12, 1998, when the Industrial Hemp Regulations came into effect.

How do I get a license?

For cultivators, it is recommended that you submit your application for a cultivation licence 5 to 6 months prior to the growing season. You may apply for a licence as early as mid-November for the next growing season. You can obtain license applications by submitting a request to the Industrial Hemp Regulation Program at hemp@hc-sc.gc.ca.

Your completed application can either be emailed to hemp@hc-sc.gc.ca or mailed to:

Office of Controlled Substances
Industrial Hemp Regulations Program
161 Goldenrod Drwy
AL 0300B
Ottawa ON K1A 0K9
 

Licenses are valid for the calendar year for which they are issued and continue to be valid until March 31 of the following year.


What documents do I need to include with my application?

To help ensure that applications are processed in a timely manner, please ensure that all of the required information is provided. You must include the following documents and information:

  • Original police criminal record check(s)

  • Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates (for those cultivating)

  • Original signatures on all documents

  • Appropriate schedules with the industrial hemp licence application

  • All supporting documents (from the Canadian Seed Growers' Association or Canadian Food Inspection Agency if required).

What is the relationship between the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and the Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR)?

The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) prohibits certain activities with controlled substances. Regulations under the CDSA, such as the Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR), authorize certain activities with specific controlled substances.

More specifically, Cannabis is a controlled substance under the CDSA. Possession, trafficking, import, export and production of all varieties of Cannabis regardless of the tetrahydrocannabinol (tetrahydro-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-1-ol) content are prohibited unless authorized according to regulations or an exemption. The Industrial Hemp Regulations enable persons/companies to cultivate and process industrial hemp for commercial purposes through a licensing system.

Can I only cultivate industrial hemp from pedigreed status seeds?

Yes. Since 2000, Section 14 (3) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations states: "On and after January 1, 2000, an approved cultivar referred to in subsection (1) must be of a pedigreed status, as defined in subsection 2(2) of the Seeds Regulations."

Pedigreed status means seed that is of foundation status, registered status, or certified status that is approved by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association (CSGA) and was produced in Canada or elsewhere. Seed that is not produced in Canada must meet the standards for varietal purity established by an official certifying agency and be approved by the CSGA.

The Seeds Act states that imported seed must be recognized by the Canadian Seed Growers Association as being of pedigreed status. CSGA does recognize the status of seed originating from the OECD seed scheme. The classification of pedigreed status under the OECD scheme is different (Pre-Basic, Basic, Certified), but equivalent.

For more information on the Industrial Hemp Regulation Program, please visit:

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<![CDATA[International Public Research]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/research-and-development/international-public-research/http://www.uniseeds.ca/research-and-development/international-public-research/Tue, 28 Nov 2017 9:56:25 -0700Links: ]]><![CDATA[Industrial Hemp Uses]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-uses/http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-uses/Mon, 27 Nov 2017 2:05:13 -0700<![CDATA[Industrial Hemp Fiber]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-fiber/http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-fiber/Mon, 27 Nov 2017 2:01:12 -0700<![CDATA[Industrial Hemp Derivatives]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-derivatives/http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-derivatives/Mon, 27 Nov 2017 2:00:17 -0700<![CDATA[Industrial Hemp Grain]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-grain/http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/industrial-hemp-grain/Mon, 27 Nov 2017 1:59:17 -0700<![CDATA[Manufacturer]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/http://www.uniseeds.ca/manufacturer/Mon, 27 Nov 2017 1:58:15 -0700<![CDATA[UniSeeds Breeding Program]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/research-and-development/uniseeds-breeding-program/http://www.uniseeds.ca/research-and-development/uniseeds-breeding-program/Thu, 23 Nov 2017 7:33:21 -0700Developing new varieties with key characteristics is a long term investment that entails years of work and research. Supporting the work of plant breeders and researchers to develop varieties allows for improved crops that are more successful in terms of yield, purity and sales. Only hemp grown from Certified Seed ensures that those key traits are maintained in the end product.

It’s important to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) in crop technology – just like patents protect the design of your combine. By respecting intellectual property rights, you get new varieties that:

  • Increase resistance to stress conditions
  • Improve agronomic performance
  • Meet industrial needs
  • Provide value-added products
  • Improve competitiveness

Here at UniSeeds, we strive to develop top yielding monoecious varieties that have excellent plant uniformity and disease resistance.

Historically Industrial hemp is dioecious, this means that there are both male and female plants in the field. At UniSeeds we breed monoecious varieties, meaning that both the male and female flowers are found on the same plant. In Eastern Canada monoecious varieties are typically higher yielding and these varieties are generally easier to harvest.

Cultivars in Development

Altair

Brightest star in the constellation of Aquila.

Altair is our newest industrial hemp cultivar with promising grain yields.

  1. Large seed size
  2. Shorter season than Anka
  3. Height 150-170 cm

Available in 2019

Rigel

Blue supergiant, the brightest star in the constellation of Orion

Rigel, a new hemp cultivar with “supergiant” fibre stalks

  1. High Fibre yields
  2. Height 200-250 cm  
  3. Strong grain yields

Available 2020

Many more varieties in-development that will be available in 2020-2022

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<![CDATA[Ordering Seed]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:27:48 -0700<![CDATA[Seed Pre-Order Form]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/seed-pre-order-form/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/seed-pre-order-form/Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:35:12 -0700

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<![CDATA[Values]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/values/http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/values/Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:24:00 -0700Honesty, Transparency and Integrity

UniSeeds prides itself on being honest and transparent in our business relationships, fostering open communication with our partners and customers, and being accountable to tomorrow’s producers for the choices we make today. UniSeeds endeavours to offer our partners the best possible relationship in the industry by ourselves being knowledgeable and professional in our chosen field; we adhere to strict ethics in our production and sales practices; and we expect no less from our partners and customers.


Respect and Accountability

UniSeeds is built on respect, for each other as peers in agriculture; for the seed business and its essential place in the global food production process; for our partners whose support and expertise enable us to continue to develop top notch products; for our customers who hold us to meet their high quality standard expectations; and for future generations who must be able to continue to grow food for the world for decades to come.


Innovation and Growth

UniSeeds builds strategic partnerships to encourage hemp cultivation in Canada and grow the worldwide market. We are committed to providing premier hemp genetics by combining conventional and new breeding and research techniques to build out a diverse germplasm bank with the ability to cater to priority markets. We foster wider industry innovation by participating in the advancement of hemp research, including seed research to develop an internal understanding of hemp genetics and agronomy and other hemp research developing innovative product offerings, whether using grain or fiber.  We enable others to enter and grow the industry by providing a high quality solution for their seed needs, cultivating grower and public awareness and assisting where necessary with technology and know-how.

Excellence

UniSeeds strives for excellence in all aspects of the company. We aim to be efficient and proactive, following applicable regulations, policies and procedures and setting new standards for the industry. We focus our plans to bring value both to the current and future state of the industry and effectively implement those plans. We are committed to distributing the highest quality products possible and are continually seeking out new techniques, technology and information to further improve our offerings.  We are open-minded, continually exploring new possibilities and keen to cultivate new partnerships to build success for our business and create value for the industry as a whole.

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<![CDATA[Vision]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/vision/http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/vision/Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:20:28 -0700We aim to be the best at identifying the market opportunities, developing premium hemp genetics to serve those opportunities and using both to create more value for our customers in order to become the number one hemp seed company, in Canada, in North America, worldwide.

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<![CDATA[Contact]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/contact/http://www.uniseeds.ca/contact/Wed, 15 Nov 2017 9:26:32 -0700

18374 Hwy 17
Whitewater Region
RR#3 Cobden, Ontario
K0J 1K0
Canada

Office phone: (613) 646-9737
Office fax: (613) 646-7362

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<![CDATA[Farmer]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/Wed, 15 Nov 2017 9:24:26 -0700<![CDATA[Mission]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/mission/http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/mission/Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:48:46 -0700We work collaboratively with agricultural producers to serve the agricultural market and improve life through plant genetics.

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<![CDATA[What is Certified Seed]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/what-is-certified-seed/http://www.uniseeds.ca/farmer/ordering-seed/what-is-certified-seed/Mon, 13 Nov 2017 9:56:06 -0700Certified seed is the product of a production process designed to deliver specific plant breeding achievements to farmers and the food industry. In other words, it is true-to-type. True-to-type means all the benefits developed by the plant breeder are retained as the seed is multiplied over a specific number of generations (to the Certified seed stage) from the small amount of seed developed by the plant breeder.

Certified seed has been inspected by an officially recognized third-party agency, has been produced by dedicated seed growers according to stringent requirements, has undergone a carefully monitored production process, has passed the quality assurance requirements of varietal purity, germination and freedom from impurities, and is ready for commercial use.

Canada’s seed system is recognized and respected around the globe because it ensures germination and mechanical purity, while providing an third-party verified audit trail of varietal identity.  It’s a system that has given Canada its worldwide reputation as a supplier of quality agricultural products, a reputation you can use to guarantee the quality of your own products. Certified seed grown, processed and inspected under this Q&A system is labelled with a blue CFIA Certified seed tag – proof of the product’s integrity and soundness.

The Certified Advantage

Using Certified seed is one of the best management tools for your farm. It gives you better quality seed, new marketing opportunities for your crop and access to new varieties that are bred for your growing conditions. Certified means certainty.

All sectors of the agricultural industry are moving toward a value chain model – a model based on quality assurances.  It means establishing clear lines of production from raw product to end-use.  Customers know what they’re buying and, when necessary, have third-party assurance the product was grown to their specifications.

Whether you are in the business of multiplying seed stock, supplying grain and oilseed products for specific end-use, or buying ingredients made from grains and oilseed to use in food products, that shift in consumer demand is important.

Your reputation depends on delivering consistent quality to your customers.  It means knowing where, how and from what progeny your seed or food ingredients were produced.  Complete crop knowledge from start to finish. In other words having a quality assurance system or identity preservation program that you can rely on.

The Value of Certified Seed

Certified Seed is the basis of food, fuel and fibre value chains and variety-specific, identity-preserved programs.
Certified seed captures the full benefits of a plant breeding program. It’s the only reliable way to access the traits you need.

Certified seed isn’t just your first chance to get a new variety – it’s the way to get the best of that variety every year.
Seed variety developers and distributors stand behind their Certified seed.

Isolation in Certified seed production means you are getting the variety you purchased. In an era of herbicide and insect tolerant crops and specialty traits, can you afford to get anything less than the highest possible varietal purity?
Certified seed is the starting point of traceability programs, and using grains and oilseeds grown from Certified seed can open doors and build consumer confidence when you’re a supplier to the food chain.

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<![CDATA[Our Team]]>http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/our-team/http://www.uniseeds.ca/about-us/our-team/Mon, 13 Nov 2017 7:55:46 -0700Board of Directors
  • President, Marc Bercier
  • Secretary, Dominique Lanoie
  • Treasurer, Reuben Stone

Management Team

  • Administrator, Keanan Stone
  • Accounts Administrator, Tara Tennant

Seed Production Team

  • Associate Breeder, Annie Archambault
  • Research Technician, Alexandre Desautels
  • Seed Production & Research Technician, Hannah Windatt
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