It takes a long time to develop a new variety from scratch. Dr. Bruce Coulman of the University of Saskatchewan recently recalled the start of his forage breeding career at McGill University. McGill had allowed its forage breeding program to collapse, and had no breeding lines under development when Coulman started. Starting from scratch in 1976, Coulman registered his first forage variety in 1993.
[Bruce Coulman is a former professor from the Department of Plant Science and served as Departmental Chair]