University Archives & Special Collections, A-2043. (Patrick Hayes)

Marquis Wheat

This image shows three heads of Marquis Wheat with a small square of kernels.

The field husbandry department of the university’s College of Agriculture distributed pedigreed Marquis Wheat seed for the first time during the 1927-28 academic year.

The seed was grown on the University Seed Farm and marketed primarily to Saskatchewan farmers.  

The seeds were “cleaned, recleaned, inspected twice and handpicked to bring them to the required purity standard.” Satisfaction was guaranteed, with a full refund if returned within 10 days.

According to the 1929 seed price list, “The object of this seed distribution is to furnish starting stock of good varieties with which Saskatchewan farmers can improve the yield and quality of their crops.”

A bushel of Marquis No. 1 grade spring wheat seed sold for $4 including freight to any point in Saskatchewan.

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