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Syngenta’s Canadian wheat breeder Francis Kirigwi inspecting plots at Syngenta’s Elm River Farm in Manitoba in 2013. Syngenta has announced it’s ending its Canadian cereal-breeding program at the end of the year.

Syngenta pulling out of cereal crop breeding Canada

The decision comes as royalty discussions start to heat up

Syngenta’s decision to scrap its Canadian wheat-breeding program is a wake-up call, industry officials warn. Canada needs an improved royalty system to reward wheat breeders for new varieties or more private breeders could pull out, according to some, while others say it’s critical public breeders are well funded in case they do. But a recent






Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers seeks director nominees

The Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) is seeking farmers for its board. There are four seats to be filled on the board of directors, for four-year terms. Nominations open Nov. 1, and close Nov. 30. All nominees must be members in good standing of the organization, and have the support of five members


Feed weekly outlook: Feed grain prices a mixed bag

MarketsFarm – Feed grain prices reflected the mixed bag of harvest conditions across the Prairies, which produced feed grains of varying quality. In particular, for feed wheat that came off the fields dry and in good condition, prices were around C$5.50 per bushel. However, there’s about a 50-cent discount for tough feed wheat, and moisture


Ron DePauw, creator of AAC Brandon, at a field day where the variety was introduced to growers by SeCan in 2015.

AAC Brandon No. 1 wheat in Manitoba four years running

MASC’s 2019 Variety Market Share Information lists crop acreages and the percentage of plantings by variety

AAC Brandon remains Manitoba’s ‘Wheat King.’ For the fourth year running AAC Brandon was the most planted red spring wheat insured in Manitoba. The variety, developed at Swift Current by former Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada wheat breeder Ron DePauw, and distributed by SeCan, was planted on 1.8 million insured red spring wheat acres, accounting for

Western Canadian wheat bids mostly lower

Wheat bids in Western Canada were mostly lower for the week ended October 24. Losses were observed in Canadian Western Red Spring Wheat (CWRS) and Canadian Red Spring (CPSR), with Canadian Western Amber Durum (CWAD) staying steady to slightly lower. Average CWRS (13.5 per cent) wheat prices were down by C$7 to C$8 per tonne,