Recently, Issues Ink went on a field trip in and around Winnipeg to hear what various parts of the industry is up to. We hit the road packed with coffee, cameras and our enthusiasm.

Our first stop of the day was at BrettYoung where, vice-president, Darrel Dziver gave us a tour of the seed processing facility and we learned more about the company. It was interesting to walk through the process of where the seed begins in the facility through the various stations where it eventually is shipped to the customer.

On our second stop was at Haplotech, where we were welcomed by president Rale Gjuric who, along with operations manager, Jill Lockery, guided us through the greenhouse and growth rooms. They explained to us the services they provide to their global customers and the work they are doing in plant breeding. At their laboratory located at the University of Manitoba, we got to experience some hands-on activities. For me, it was interesting to hear about the double-hapoloid techniques and rescuing the wheat embryos.

For our last stop of the day, we travelled to Monsanto’s Breeding Facility in Carman, Man. to learn more about the company, what they do, and how they do it. We had an opportunity to have some insightful discussion with the Monsanto team on GMOs and were able tour some of the canola plots. Due to the weather, it was too wet in the fields to see all the crops, but an educational time was still had.

The highlight of the day for me was learning more about the science and plant breeding aspect of the industry at Haplotech. As a graphic designer, I’m usually behind the scenes designing projects for the industry, so it was great to see the lab in person and having the opportunity to do some hands-on activities.