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Comment: Innovation through collaboration

Canada benefits from having a co-ordinated national approach to research

Innovation is a competitive advantage for Canadian farmers. It is through ongoing innovation that Canadian wheat exports will compete with the likes of the Black Sea. In the period of 2015-18, Canada has consistently been in the top 10 wheat-producing countries in the world and within the top five wheat-exporting countries in the world. Focusing

Even though a few GM wheat plants were found outside of a designated area for research, customers can have absolute confidence in Canadian wheat.

Wheat industry moving forward

I was very disappointed this paper chose to publish the opinion piece from Stewart Wells on GM Wheat Policy (Cereals Canada’s irresponsible GM wheat policy) but actually an attack on industry groups. I am proud of what I call Team Canada — namely Cereals Canada and what it has done for the Canadian wheat industry.


Take-all infection causing shiny black discolouration of lower stem area of wheat plant and poor root development. Note black colour and almost absence of feeder roots.

How wheat can root out the take-all fungus

A team of young researchers has now pinpointed a way of easing cereals’ risks from a deadly root pathogen

British researchers say the key to preventing the buildup of the take-all fungus is to foster beneficial fungus, which can help the plants to help themselves. Working out the right conditions to support those beneficial fungi and identifying the cereal varieties that are best suited to make the most of that help is the challenge

Walter Bushuk, one of Canada’s most celebrated cereal chemists, passed away in Winnipeg Oct. 14.

Celebrated Canadian cereal chemist Walter Bushuk passes away

The son of immigrant farmers was internationally recognized for his research into wheat quality

Walter Bushuk, one of Canada’s most celebrated cereal chemists, died in Winnipeg Oct. 18 at 88 years of age. When Bushuk started school in Garland, Manitoba in September 1939, he was 10 and only knew a few words of English. Seventeen years later, the son of Eastern European peasant farmers who came to Canada just

Editorial: Balancing wheat research

No Prairie farmer worth his or her salt would admit to not being good at growing wheat. Farmers have been growing wheat in these parts for more than 200 years and they’ve earned quite a reputation for themselves selling it to the world. But a former senior federal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


Cam Dahl

Getting our research priorities right

Investment in research is critical to the future of the industry

Saskatoon recently saw a meeting of some of the most important minds in Canadian wheat research. The workshop included public and private researchers from across Canada, farmers from coast to coast, and Canadian exporters. The goal was to move forward on the development of key priorities for Canadian wheat research. Why is this important? Federal

Farm groups announce funds for wheat genomics research

The project will foster development of improved cultivars that are resistant to disease, pests, heat and drought

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), and the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) are committing a combined total investment of $3,582,992 over four years for a world-leading research project on wheat genomics. The Saskatchewan-based research project is designed to improve productivity and profitability for wheat farmers. The $8.8-million project,

Cigi CEO JoAnne Buth speaks during a funding announcement.

New milling and sorting equipment for Cigi

The Canadian International Grains Institute still plans to expand, but isn’t looking for funding just yet

Some unique and cutting-edge technology is about to be installed at the Canadian International Grains Institute (Cigi), courtesy of $2 million in funding from the federal and provincial governments. “Agriculture is changing, we need to cater to the international markets and Cigi has always been known for the testing, developing work it does,” said Manitoba’s