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Scouring the fields: About 300 roguers who work in teams of 14–25 are hired every summer to weed canola crops in southern Alberta. The program has a 40% retention rate — many are repeat roguers from previous years.

Growing people & partnerships

For almost 20 years, young people in southern Alberta have been hired for canola roguing — walking through fields of purebred canola to pull out specific weeds and volunteer canola plants. These weeds contaminate high value seeds used to produce new seed varieties that farmers purchase for growing crops. The initiative is a partnership between several parent seed companies and Select People Solutions, an HR staffing company based out of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Roguing takes place every summer for a 4–8 week period from mid-June to late July or early August when canola is in bloom. …

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