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With winter cereal seeding season upon us, here’s the 2016 MCVET winter cereal yield data

In Manitoba, interest in fall rye is increasing, with 112,000 acres seeded the fall of 2015. Although winter wheat acres have declined in recent years, there are still very strong economic and agronomic arguments to be made for including winter wheat in rotation. There are a number of newer winter wheat and fall rye varieties,

2015 MCVET winter wheat, fall rye data released

Farmers can use this data to make head-to-head comparisons of varietal performance at specific sites

Since 2008, MCVET (Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Team) has been publishing winter cereal data collected from its trials shortly after harvest to help farmers and seed growers in Manitoba make variety decisions. In 2015, data is being released for five locations — Boissevain, Carman, Melita, Roblin and Winnipeg — for winter wheat and fall rye.


Winter wheat performance data in 2013 is R-rated!

Twenty years later in the making: improved genetic resistance to fusarium head blight in winter wheat

It has been 20 years since Manitoba experienced the most severe epidemic of fusarium head blight (FHB) on record. Since that time, significant progress has been made to mitigate the impact of FHB. In the past, winter wheat tended to ‘escape’ FHB infection as it flowered prior to environmental conditions that favoured infection. However, as

Manitoba winter wheat performance data for 2012

Farmers select winter wheat varieties based on yield potential, disease resistance, height, standability and maturity. But what is becoming increasingly important is selecting varieties on planned end-use or marketing considerations.   Is the harvested product for milling? For ethanol production? As an ingredient in feed rations? Knowing the answers to these questions will help farmers



Winter wheat can germinate in spring

There are reports circulating of agronomists telling producers to reseed winter wheat fields that have just germinated this spring. As I understand, it is related to the process of vernalization and whether it has occurred or not. Last fall I wrote a Crops eNews article titled “What Happens if My Winter Wheat Didn’t Emerge?” –

Winter Wheat Variety Selection Important As 2013 Approaches

Winter wheat variety evaluation will become increasingly important as 2013 approaches. Many Manitoba farmers will be affected by Canadian Grain Commission plans to move CDC Kestrel, CDC Clair, CDC Harrier, CDC Raptor and CDC Falcon from the Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) class to the Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) class as of August 1,

Manitoba releases 2011 winter wheat variety data

Winter wheat variety evaluation will become increasingly important as 2013 approaches. Many Manitoba farmers will be affected by Canadian Grain Commission plans to move CDC Kestrel, CDC Clair, CDC Harrier, CDC Raptor and CDC Falcon from the Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) class to the Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) class as of August 1,


The Trouble With Broadcast Seeding

With minimal acres seeded the first week of May 2011, the later-than-normal seeding is the talk of the coffee shop. But it’s too soon to panic. Data from the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation shows that from 2005 to 2010 more than 1.2 million acres of spring wheat and canola on average are seeded in the

2010 Winter Wheat Variety Performance Data Now Available – for Sep. 2, 2010

To assist Manitoba farmers with variety selections this fall, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) and MCVET (Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Team) is publishing the most recent variety descriptions and performance data for winter wheat. Farmers should consider a number of factors when selecting a winter wheat variety, including yield potential, agronomic and disease