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New CWRS wheat coming with less DON when hit by fusarium head blight

BW980 almost didn’t make it because in one year of testing, its gluten strength was lower 
than the check variety, prompting another year of testing


A new Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat that accumulates less deoxynivalenol (DON), the mycotoxin sometimes produced after a fusarium head blight infection, is being recommended for registration. It took an extra year of testing, but at its annual meeting in Winnipeg Mar. 2 the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) gave […] Read more


India is the wild card in global wheat production and consumption

Some estimates are calling for an increase of 15 per cent, to 100 million tonnes for the looming harvest

India will be the first major wheat-growing country to harvest the 2017-18 crop, and most of its wheat will be cut by the time the U.S. Department of Agriculture rolls out its first production estimate in May. Despite the early glimpse this should provide to the wheat market, the Indian government’s data could actually downplay […] Read more



NFU investigating farmers’ grain-grading complaints through survey

The Canadian Grain Commission says if farmers don’t like the grade being offered, ask the commission to grade it

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has launched a survey into grain-grading complaints from western farmers in the wake of what the farm group claims is “the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) reduced regulatory role.” “As a grassroots farm organization the NFU is starting to hear repeated stories of grain farmers being dissatisfied with their treatment by […] Read more


Just two wheat varieties subject of polling

One variety was tabled and three others withdrawn

A lack of data sidelined three potential wheat varieties at the recent meeting of the PRCWRT and another was tabled, leaving just two to face voting. They were BW5007 and GP202, intended for the Canada Western Red Spring wheat and Western Special Purpose (CWSP) classes, respectively. BW5007 and GP202 were supported for full and interim […] Read more



Wheat recommending committee reforms paying efficiency dividends

The process was sparked by a 2013 letter from then agriculture minister Gerry Ritz

Ordinarily voting over whether to recommend new wheat, rye or triticale varieties for registration can stretch on well into the afternoon. This year it was over before the morning coffee break at the annual meeting of the Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) in Winnipeg Mar. 2. Many participants said they thought […] Read more


Crop production could take hit in 2017

Dry and cold weather in Europe and flooding in Latin America are setting the stage for trouble

Don’t expect a fifth consecutive year of record world crops in 2017. That’s according to The Money Farm’s Mike Krueger, who adds that world demand has been keeping pace with massive production. “High prices didn’t kill demand at all, but high prices did bring us a lot more acres,” he said at the recent CropConnect […] Read more



Soybeans poised to beat out wheat, barley

Planting estimates for soybeans are running around two million acres for the coming season

It’ll take quite a lot to convince Manitoba farmers to hold off on expanding soybean acres in favour of growing more wheat and barley for milling and malt channels. Farmers packed a hall at the 2017 CropConnect conference to hear a soybean presentation, and there’s no doubt provincial growers are more gung-ho than ever to […] Read more


Baker Colony enters ranks of five-time corn yield competition winners

Its winning yield of 274.69 bushels an acre also broke the previous record set in 2013

Baker Colony, located near MacGregor, Man., has joined an elite group of five-time winners of the Manitoba Corn Growers Association’s yield competition. The win is their second in a row and sets a new record — breaking their own set during a previous win. In the 45-year history of the competition there are only two […] Read more



Opinion: Wheat growers support free trade

Since the end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s government monopoly control over the marketing of western Canadian wheat, there has been a great deal of change in the Canadian wheat industry and positive modernization of many regulations. One of the most significant changes to come from marketing freedom for wheat farmers has been the growth […] Read more


Genetic study may make ancient Inca’s quinoa a grain of the future

The findings could pave the way to breeding out the bitter saponins that must currently be washed off post-harvest

Quinoa, the sacred “mother grain” of the ancient Inca civilization suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source in the future thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study. Scientists on Feb. 7 said they have mapped the genome of quinoa and identified a gene that could be manipulated to get […] Read more