Flax Program at the CDC

The Flax Program at the Crop Development Centre is actively involved with developing flax cultivars for Western Canadian producers. The Flax Program started in 1974 with Gordon Rowland. Dr. Rowland oversaw the development of eleven flax cultivars, most notably CDC Bethune and CDC Sorrel released in 1998 and 2005 respectively. Dr Booker has been the CDC Flax Breeder since 2009 and registered CDC Glas in 2012 and CDC Neela in 2013. CDC Plava (the first Northern adapted cultivar) in 2015. This year CDC Buryu and CDC Melyn (the first high linolenic acid yelllow seed coat cultivar) were registered. See our cultivars page for more information on these lines.

CDC Bethune is one of the most popular flax varieties grown in Western Canada thanks to a good combination of valuable traits (high consistent yield, medium time to maturity, medium oil content,  immunity to flax rust resistance, moderate resistance to flax wilt and good lodging resistance). CDC Bethune is also one of the best characterized flax varieties, being the subject of numerous studies. CDC Bethune garnered the Seed of the Year - West award in 2012.

In 2009, following Dr. Rowland's retirement, Helen Booker was appointed as the new CDC Flax Breeder. Dr. Booker has carried on the flax improvement work at the CDC and has introduced several new projects.

Lab Crew 2013

 CDC Flax Group, 2013

CDC Flax group 2015

Flax Breeding Program after harvest 2015

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