Winter Cereals Manitoba Inc. (WCMI) has announced an investment of $125,000 in 11 winter wheat-related research and development projects. They are part of an overall program with investment from all funding partners being $2.2 million over four years, including $1 million in matched funding from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) under the Growing Forward 2 program. The projects will focus on closing gaps in agronomic knowledge that will encourage Canadian farmers to access the untapped market potential of winter wheat.
The research studies will be conducted across winter wheat-growing regions of Western Canada, including Manitoba. These projects include pest control, input management, expanding the seeding window and the use of crop growth regulators.
Research will be led by Dr. Brian Beres at the AAFC Lethbridge Research Station in co-operation with Ducks Unlimited Canada.
“In recent years, winter wheat has consistently been one of the highest net income-producing crops in Prairie Canada,” said Paul Thoroughgood, regional agrologist of Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Agronomic research conducted in this study, including fertility, disease and weed management, stand establishment and lengthening the fall seeding window, will help more farmers realize the benefits of including winter wheat in their cropping system.”
Other major funding partners for this important program of research trials include Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission, the Alberta Wheat Commission and Western Grains Research Foundation, Koch Fertilizer Canada ULC, Agrium Inc., and Dow AgroSciences.