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Cereals getting shortchanged

How much of your rotation is still in cereals? If it’s less than 50 per cent, you may be short

When it comes to getting cereals into the ground Manitoba seems to be coming up short. Provincial specialists say at least half a farm’s arable acres should be planted to these crops, but that’s rarely the case these days. According to MASC data, less than 40 per cent of crop acres in Manitoba were planted […] Read more


Academics say GM wheat possible subversion

No one has offered an explanation for wheat to appear after 17 years, and far from its original plot

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency needs to keep investigating the still-unknown variety of genetically modified wheat found in Alberta last year, says the Canadian co-author of an article that speculates on who could have planted it. Rob Wager of Vancouver Island University, who specializes in biochemistry and molecular biology, is the co-author of ‘The Mystery […] Read more



Fusarium head blight risk maps for 2018

[UPDATED: JULY 16, 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




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