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New Software Speeds Plant Breeding Efficiency

Two Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists have developed software that allows researchers to make genetic comparisons on varieties with the click of a mouse. Software developments and a gene-mapping database funded by the Western Grains Research Foundation Endowment Fund are expected to vastly decrease the amount of time spent sorting through data to make

Flea Beetles Don’t Like Hairy Legs

In the future, farmers may be eliminating one pesticide application on their canola. Researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Saskatoon Research Centre are developing “hairy” canola plants that prevent flea beetles from feeding on the leaf and stem surfaces of newly emerged canola seedlings. This physical barrier means flea beetle resistance will be built into

WGRF Investigates Fusarium In Oats

Disease resistance traits isolated from oat varieties in South America are assisting in the development of improved fusarium resistance in Canadian oats. The effects of fusarium head blight in wheat and barley have been well documented over the past two decades. Mycotoxins produced by the fungi responsible can make pigs sick and cause beer to

Top varieties supported through WGRF

“Farmers should give themselves a big pat on the back.” – Lanette Kuchenski The 2008 Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) survey results show varieties that have been farmer supported through Western Grains Research Foundation’s (WGRF) wheat and barley checkoffs top the list in almost all categories. Under the Canadian Western Red Spring class the top three