GFM Network News


New malt varieties are being developed that nearly match the yields of feed and that will create new interest in barley, says breeder Aaron Beattie.

Wheat research coalition inks first major agreement

THE CWRC has committed over $9.6 million to the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan

The Canadian Wheat Research Coalition (CWRC) has committed more than $9.6 million over five years to a ‘core breeding agreement’ with the Crop Development Centre (CDC) at the University of Saskatchewan. The funding will support the development of new spring wheat cultivars. The research dollars will increase field-based breeding activities, the disease nursery and disease

Ancient wheat varieties, like this spelt crop seen here in the field, have garnered plenty of consumer attention recently. The CDC has just released breeder seed for four new hulled varieties.

Go to hull

The latest releases from the Crop Development Centre at the U of S bring back something long gone from most wheat varieties

When most of us think of a wheat kernel, we think of the familiar smooth seed with an indentation on one side. But this is actually a relatively recent development, coinciding with the introduction of high-yielding bread and durum varieties that we’re all familiar with, roughly in the early 1900s. The earliest wheats were hulled,


Some Prairie pulses’ limited releases under review

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers wants your opinion on how they release pulse varieties through exclusive tenders. The grower group contributes levy funds to the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre pulse breeding program. In return, Sask Pulse holds exclusive commercial rights to varieties developed in the program. Most new varieties are released royalty-free to seed growers

Alberta Wheat Commission general manager Tom Steve says the provincial wheat commissions are increasingly collaborating on wheat research projects.

Provincial wheat groups say they want to co-operate on wheat research

Collaboration is growing as the groups become more established and form alliances and relationships

Tom Steve didn’t take offence with Steven Morgan Jones’ calls for a more co-ordinated approach to wheat research at the Canadian Global Crops Symposium in Winnipeg April 13. In fact, Steve, general manager of the Alberta Wheat Commission, praised the former researcher, for identifying the current gaps in wheat research. “When Stephen Morgan Jones did

Saskatchewan researchers help crack the wheat genome

The development could unlock untapped yield and quality potential

University of Saskatchewan researchers are part of an international team who published the first chromosome-based draft sequence of the wheat genome, a development that promises wheat breeders powerful new tools in developing varieties to meet the challenges of world population growth and climate change. “The release of the chromosomal draft of the wheat genome sequence will accelerate gene


Where is AAFC’s wheat-breeding program headed?

After closing Winnipeg’s Cereal Research Centre, the federal government has
invested $85 million in a new wheat research program in Saskatoon

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has led Canadian wheat breeding for more than 100 years, but recent actions by the federal government have some wondering about its future role. A year ago, Ottawa announced it will close AAFC’s venerable Cereal Research Centre on the University of Manitoba’s Winnipeg campus because it would cost too much

First fusarium-resistant spring wheat in pipeline

Launching two new Canadian Prairie Spring red (CPS) wheats, including the first fusarium head blight-resistant spring wheat bred for western Canadian farmers, is a great way to cap a 40-year-long career in planting breeding, says Doug Brown. Ten years in the making, HY1615, which is resistant to the yield-crippling fusarium, and HY1610, which is 10

New wheats in the Prairie pipeline

The recent Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) meeting marked the first time a feed wheat developed by the Western Feed Grain Development Co-op was recommended for registration. The variety, WFT603, is a Canada Western General Purpose wheat. “The unique thing about this is any farmer in Western Canada can be a


New varieties aim to push CDC Falcon from its perch

As of Aug. 1, 2014, CDC Falcon moves to the Canada Western General 
Purpose class from Canada Western Red Winter

Winter wheat growers in Manitoba have some new options to consider after their overwhelming favourite, CDC Falcon, moves to the Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) class Aug. 1, 2014. That class is usually composed of feed and ethanol feedstock wheats, which don’t fetch the premiums paid for milling and baking wheats in the Canada Western

A model worth considering

Saskatchewan Pulse Growers took an unusual step in the late 1990s. They took control of the research and development into new varieties suited to Saskatchewan’s growing conditions. How? They decided to pay for it themselves, drawing on a one per cent of gross sales checkoff collected from growers. In 1997, the SPG initiated an agreement