The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), and the Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association (MWBGA) committed a combined $17.9 million to 81 wheat research projects during the 2018/2019 crop year.
The Prairie wheat commissions – Alberta Wheat Commission, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, and Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association – are pleased to announce a combined investment of more than $1.9 million over four years in cutting edge research that will accelerate the future development of higher yielding, stress resistant wheat varieties for Canadian farmers.
First and foremost, focus your preparations on getting the timing right. The window is narrow, so be prepared to spray a lot of area in a short time. Have the product on-hand. Check forecast maps. Scout daily. Talk to an aerial applicator well in advance so you have a fallback.
Sask Wheat wrote a letter to The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, recommending that the interest free component of the APP be increased to $500,000 for all commodities, not only canola. Unequal treatment of commodities in the APP has the potential to distort markets and pressure producers into selling at inopportune times.
Through the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Program, the deadline for seeding crops for greenfeed has been extended from June 30 to July 15. Producers who have Crop Insurance will now be able to seed and insure any cereal greenfeed crop.
Fusarium head blight (FHB) is such a prevalent and destructive problem for Saskatchewan wheat producers that Sask Wheat has made it a research priority, investing millions of dollars into projects studying how to combat the fungus and minimize its damage. Two of those projects were recently completed. One project tested potential new sources of FHB resistance in spring wheat while another focused on improving FHB management in durum.
Dr. Vladimir Vujanovic, an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan who specializes in microbiology, launched a research project last March looking at the potential to use biological control agents (BCAs) to help control FHB in Saskatchewan.
Sask Wheat continues to be engaged in the ongoing value creation consultation led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Sask Wheat Chair, Laura Reiter, is participating on a producer panel that is providing feedback on the next steps of the consultation. For next steps, AAFC and the CFIA are planning an online survey for producers to provide feedback. Sask Wheat encourages all producers to participate in the online survey.
In spite of the current weather not seeming to favour the development of FHB, FHB cannot be ruled out and producers must be prepared to manage it in 2019. With many crops hitting the heading stage soon, it will be important for producers to have their management strategy in place to minimize FHB infection, with the frequent scouting of fields and consideration of applying fungicide during the optimal timeframe being key elements of an effective management strategy.