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Canada’s wheat yield gains compare well to world

In Manitoba from 2000 to 2012, wheat yield gains outpaced 
those for canola


There have been opinions expressed in the media claiming the rate of yield gain for wheat in Western Canada is low compared to that of the rest of the world. However, a survey of the data suggests that’s not the case. Rob Graf, a wheat breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Centre, says

Producers urged to take part in Growing Forward consultations

The province of Manitoba is asking farmers and farm organizations for input into Growing Forward II, which is currently being negotiated with the federal government. “The more input Manitoba industry stakeholders provide through the consultations, the more influence they will have on the future content and direction of the next generation of Growing Forward programs,”


Canada’s role in meeting humanity’s biggest challenge

In 40 years’ time the world will need to have increased global food production and supply by 100 per cent to provide adequate nutrition for its nine billion or more inhabitants. This implies an annual growth in agricultural productivity of 2.5 per cent, from the same or less land. Over the past three decades, despite

Cereal Research Centre axed

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Cereal Research Centre will be shuttered within two years, but a senior department official says much of its work will continue. Industry leaders are less confident in the wake of last week’s announcement to close the facility that earned Western Canada its breadbasket reputation as part of a five to 10

What’s the message here?

According to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, ending the wheat board monopoly will mean “the sky will be the limit” for wheat, prompting farmers to plant more acres. That presumably means a need for more and better varieties, so you might expect that the government would back up its claim by continuing support for public research,


New Hard White Spring Wheat Gains Interim Registration

Canada is inching closer to the kind of wheat quality that could give it an edge in the lucrative Asian noodle markets. The Wheat, Rye and Triticale Registration Recommending Committee granted approval for an interim registration Feb. 24 to a Hard White Spring wheat line developed by Gavin Humphreys, a wheat breeder with the federal

In Brief… – for Dec. 9, 2010

Winter wheat breeder heads south:Francois Marais, a visiting scientist at Winnipeg’s federal Cereal Research Centre, has picked up a new post at North Dakota State University’s plant sciences department as a winter wheat breeder and geneticist. Marais, who has a doctorate in cereal technology from NDSU and degrees in genetics from South Africa’s Universiteit Stellenbosch,

Manitoba’s Winter Hammered By Fusarium – for Sep. 2, 2010

Manitoba’s winter wheat crop has so much fusarium head blight damage this year the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) is hoping it can blend it with winter wheat from Saskatchewan and Alberta. To that end the CWB issued a notice to farmers last week asking them to submit winter wheat samples as soon as possible. “Samples


Rice Production Plan Could Be Controversial

“If you grew a quarter section of this stuff, on a hot day in July the area for miles would smell like a Polish sausage factory.” Scientists at the Cereal Research Centre in Winnipeg are refusing to comment on reports that they have developed a winter-hardy variety of rice suitable for production on the Canadian

Warburtons Adds AC Unity

Warburtons Foods, in conjunction with SeCan, has added AC Unity VB to the select variety list for Warburtons Foods IP Program. “Warburtons Foods has been testing AC Unity VB for a number of years and the quality is very good,” said Adam Dyck, program manager Warburtons Foods in a release. AC Unity VB was bred