More About the CDC
The Crop Development Centre (CDC) was established in 1971 with a mandate 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.
Focusing on plant breeding and pathology, CDC scientists deploy the latest scientific advances to improve the agronomic and end-use performances of spring wheat, durum, canaryseed, barley oat, flax, pea, lentil, chickpea, dry bean, fababean and soybean. The CDC has released over 500 commercial varieties of crop kinds, a remarkable achievement in almost 50 years from a dedicated group of men and women with a strong commitment to the CDC mandate! The CDC is intimately linked to the successful diversification of crop production in Saskatchewan, and it is a recognized name on Saskatchewan farms.
The CDC is fully integrated into the Department of Plant Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, enabling unique access to the pertinent scientific and technical disciplines and resources required to develop crops for food and feed. CDC scientists also collaborate with several partners from public and private organizations in Canada and internationally, leveraging additional technical and financial resources to advance their research.
The CDC's research efforts and achievements have been made possible by the ongoing strategic and operational financial support from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture since 1971. The CDC is also grateful to the farmers of Saskatchewan for their ongoing financial support for the development of various crop kinds. Collaboration with private sector entities has also enabled the CDC to access proprietary technology and to develop crops with value-added traits. Private sector entities also market CDC varieties and provide royalties that are reinvested into the research programs.
The CDC mission is to “develop crop varieties that bring value to the agriculture sector, through the development and application of scientific knowledge and technologies, in partnership with stakeholders across the agriculture value chain”.
The CDC Values:
- The highest standards of competency, dedication, professionalism and respect
- Strong reputation for successful collaborations and integrity
- Commitment to mutually beneficial partnerships with the agricultural sector
- Respect for highly-trained and skilled staff and students
The CDC vision for 2040 is to be “a world-class crop improvement Centre that delivers crop genetics for society”.
- develop improved crop varieties for farmers and end users
- develop germplasm for use and exchange with breeding institutions
- develop new crop kinds and management practices
- pursue state-of-the-art scientific technologies to remain at the top of the game
- work in partnership with the public and private sectors
- supervise and train graduate students from around the globe
- provide leadership for agriculture in Saskatchewan
- work nationally and internationally to better Agriculture
Celebrating 50 Years (1971-2021)
Contacts and Mailing Address
Dr. Curtis Pozniak, Director
Fax: (306) 966-5015
Marissa Janssen, Manager
Fax: (306) 966-5015
Dave Benallack, Breeder Seed Facility Manager
Room 1, BSB
Fax: (306) 955-1338
Crop Development Centre
University of Saskatchewan
College of Agriculture and Bioresources
51 Campus Drive
Room 4D36, Agriculture Building
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8