Crop Development Centre
The Crop Development Centre (CDC) is a field crop research organization within the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. CDC scientists integrate basic research with genetic improvement of spring wheat, durum, canaryseed, barley, oat, flax, field pea, lentil, chickpea, fababean and dry bean.
Contact and mailing address:
Crop Development Centre
University of Saskatchewan
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
51 Campus Drive
Room 4D36 Agriculture Building
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
Ph. 306 966-5855
Fax 306 966-5015
Managing Director: Dr. Kofi Agblor
Breeder Seed Facility Manager: Mr. Dave Benallack
The CDC was created in 1971, and has released nearly 300 commercial crop varieties since its inception. The CDC is recognized nationally and internationally for basic and applied crop research and development and successful field crop breeding. CDC scientists work with many partners acress the public and private sector to achieve their objectives.
Unique to the CDC is its full integration into the Department of Plant Sciences and College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. This integration allows a powerful blend of scientific knowledge, training and skills from a number of disciplines to be applied to each research undertaking. The CDC also plays a strong and sustained role in training new scientists and technical personnel, serving the present and future needs of plant sciences and plant breeding.
The Crop Development Centre is a field crop research organization which seeks to improve economic returns for farmers and the agriculture industry of western Canada by improving existing crops, creating new uses for traditional crops, and developing new crops.
To be recognized by peers, partners, farmers and agri-industry as the premier field crop breeding organization in western Canada.
- Produce improved varieties for farmers and end users
- Develop germplasm for use and exchange with other plant breeders
- Conduct basic and applied plant pathology research
- Develop new crop kinds and management practices
- Develop new technologies which lead to efficiencies in plant breeding
- Conduct basic research on physical and intrinsic crop quality factors
- Work in partnership with public and private sector organizations on research and development opportunities
- Supervise and train undergraduate and graduate students to develop new scientists and technical personnel
- Provide leadership for agriculture in Saskatchewan, Canada and Internationally