SaskOats, along with cohosts – canola, pulses, wheat, barley and flax commissions are moving Cropsphere to Saskatoon Prairie Land Exhibition Grounds for their 2017 program. Annual general meetings, plus a host of agronomy, research, and market information will be offered to Saskatchewan producers January 9-11, 2017. See you there!
Location: Prairieland Park, Hall A (as part of CropSphere), Saskatoon, SK.
Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Free admission to the AGM.
- Organic Oats: Information from the Inside. Dan Ward, President of Lacrosse Milling, one of the largest buyers of organic oats in Saskatchewan, will tell producers what's driving the growth, what's expected in the future and how this may impact the conventional oat market.
- Will integrated weed management or pre-harvest glyphosate affect your oat crop? Chris Willenborg, Assistant Professor, U of S.
SODC Annual General Meeting - Tuesday January 12, 2016
Seventy plus oat growers, industry stakeholders, researchers and academia convened at TCU place, for Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission’s annual general meeting. The meeting was in conjunction with CropSphere- a collaborative event of Saskatchewan’s oat, pulse, canola, flax, wheat and barley producer organizations.
Chair, William Zuchkan, brought the meeting to order and proceeded to report on Commission activities for the 2014-15 fiscal year. From an international market perspective, it was noted that the Mexican market for oats is making progress with the Mexican Diabetes Association recognizing that oats has an important role in the diabetic diets of Mexican people. Markets continue to grow as consumers understand oats’ contribution to healthy lifestyles.
The freight transportation portfolio was stable for this period with no major issues.
Research is a vital component of SODC’S annual program, and producers were kept apprised of research projects through the Oat Scoop newsletter and presentations at annual general meetings of the three prairie oat organizations and POGA. It was announced that Chris Willenborg, CDC continues to work on weed management and will be conducting some research specific to glyphosate use on oats for the Commission.
Regarding the Board, SODC said good byes and offered thanks for jobs well done to retiring directors, Willie Zuchkan and Dwayne Anderson. Elroy Trithardt, returning, and new directors Chris Rundel and Brad Goudy were acclaimed at this meeting.
The Commission’s financial statements were presented by Audit Chair, Elroy Trithardt, as well as being available in the annual report. He also presented to the registered producers the 2015/16 budget and it was accepted by the membership. A motion was also passed to retain the auditor utilized last year.
A Resolution regarding climate change and opportunity for grain and oilseed producers to work together to present a united voice to government was presented and passed.
After the formal business meeting concluded, Terry Tyson, Grain Procurement Manager, Grain Millers Canada, detailed their policy on pre-harvest Glyphosate application. In the spring of 2015, Grain Millers announced its pre-harvest glyphosate policy (which Tyson acknowledged, in hindsight, had some communication challenges and hence today’s conversation). The announcement came out shortly after the controversial release from WHO (much discredited) linking glyphosate to cancer, and thus became embroiled in that debate about food safety, residue levels, and the philosophical debate on farm chemical use in general, but Grain Millers reaffirmed this was not the basis for the decision.
Tyson stated “This policy is about functional performance” and went on to explain why they introduced the policy. An early glyphosate application does not allow the plant to mature; is virtually non-detectable by the human eye; contributes to fragile flakes (increased breakage) and lower quality oat flour.
As important, is the impact on the nutritional component Beta glucan. Beta glucan is one of the last nutritional components to form in the groat, and early glyphosate treated oats do not mature, potentially leaving levels too low for manufacturers to meet existing health claims, which have been integral to the growth of the market over the last decade.
In summary, Grain Millers strives to increase quality and maintain consistency of their oat products. There is no practical quick test for starch damage in the oat groat, nor any outwardly visible way to grade for glyphosate treatment. Grain Millers felt that these factors left little choice but to implement this policy and modify their buying habits.
Presentations from the 2015 AGM
The Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, January 13th in conjunction with the CropSphere event in Saskatoon, SK. The meeting kicked off with greetings and an update on the organizations current and future activities from SODC president Willie Zuchkan. Following that was a financial update by SODC audit chair, Elroy Trithardt.
Chris Willenborg, Associate Professor with the Department of Plant Science then gave a presentation on improving weed management in oat production, a project funded by SODC and in its third year of production.
Following are presentations made at the meeting:
- A Multi-tactic Approach to Improved Weed Management in Oat Production (PDF, 1.1MB)
Christian Willenborg, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
Jessica Weber, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
Eric Johnson, AAFC Scott, SK
Bill May, AAFC Indian Head, SK
Steve Shirtliffe, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan
Presentations from the 2013 AGM
The Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission's Annual Conference and AGM was held Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in Saskatoon.