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Fusarium head blight risk maps for 2018

[UPDATED: JULY 13, 2018] Fusarium head blight (FHB) risk maps are posted daily courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture. During the winter wheat flowering period up to the end of the flowering period for spring wheat, these risk maps will be provided for you here. Warm, humid conditions occurring when the crop is susceptible to infection (during flowering) are favourable to […] Read more

CFIA certain Canadian wheat is GM free

It’s based on extensive testing of saved export and harvest samples collected by the Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Food Inspect­ion Agency (CFIA) is confident, based on extensive testing, none of the GM wheat it discovered in southern Alberta last summer has entered Canada’s commercial grain-handling or seed system. Canada’s wheat registration system played a role in reaching that conclusion. As of late June, CFIA didn’t know the name of that GM […] Read more

GM wheat field tests continue in Canada

Monsanto shelved Roundup Ready wheat in 2004, but other companies continue open-air experiments with GM wheat

There might not be any commercial GM wheat in production in Canada — but most years there are at least some field trials. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), which is charged with regulating confined Plant Novel Trait field trials, has confirmed this fact. ‘Confined’ PNT field trials must be approved by CFIA and come […] Read more

Cereals Canada’s irresponsible GM wheat policy

The discovery of genetically modified (GM) spring wheat plants growing in Alberta is disappointing and damaging to Canadian farmers. And so is the reaction by Cereals Canada — an industry-dominated group that falsely claims to represent farmers. An article published in 2014 quotes Cereals Canada president Cam Dahl saying, “Cereals Canada’s support for GM wheat […] Read more

Prairie wheat bids down as trade tensions weigh

Wheat bids in Western Canada continued their downward spiral for the week ended June 22, as ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China weighed on U.S. futures. Depending on the location, average Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS, 13.5 per cent protein) wheat prices were down $8-$11 per tonne across the Prairie provinces, according to […] Read more

Heads-up for fusarium head blight

With so many things in farming timing is everything

Early flowering is the time to apply a fungicide to suppress fusarium head blight in winter and spring wheat. But there are things to consider, including if weather conditions are right for the disease (moist and warm), and if the crop is worth investing in, says Manitoba Agriculture’s field crop pathologist Holly Derksen. Last week […] Read more

GM wheat mystery in Alberta

The discovery of genetically modified wheat in Alberta is a head scratcher

The mystery over how seven plants of GMO wheat wound up growing next to an Alberta field access road will take some time to unravel. This high-tech whodunit has regulators scratching their heads to figure out how a known glyphosate-resistance gene from Monsanto got into an unknown variety of wheat hundreds of kilometres from the […] Read more

Wheat sector moves to reassure customers after GM wheat discovery

Industry groups and regulators all say the commercial channels remain GM free

The race is on to reassure Canadian wheat customers following the revelation genetically modified wheat was found last summer in Alberta. Already Japan and South Korea have shut the door to shipments from Canada in the wake of the finding, a move that echoes their reaction to similar past discoveries in the U.S. There were […] Read more

Rice’s nutritional value decreases in higher CO2 concentrations

Researchers examine how climate change can impact dietary quality of crops

Rice grown at higher carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, like those possible later this century, has lower nutritional value, according to a recent study. Notably, some varieties of rice seemed to react differently to increased levels of CO2, say the study’s authors, showing relatively smaller decreases in nutritional value. The finding that rice’s nutritional quality can […] Read more

GM wheat in Alberta raises questions

CFIA stresses what’s most important is Canada’s commercial wheat and seed system are GM-free

Regulators are scratching their heads after seven genetically modified wheat plants were found in Alberta. No country, including Canada, allows genetically modified (GM) wheat to be produced commercially, so the discovery raises questions, including some the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) can’t answer, like how it got there and the variety of wheat involved. However, […] Read more