Successful year for hybrid rye growers on the prairies

Hybrid rye acres may hit 25,000 to 30,000 acres this fall, which is about 10 percent of all rye acres in Western Canada. Statistics Canada says prairie farmers seeded 300,000 acres of rye last fall. Rain and wet soil conditions this fall probably cut into acreage, but hybrid rye acres are on the rise. “We […] Read more


The catch is in the rye

Once a popular prairie crop, rye has taken a backseat to more profitable crops in recent decades. But  factors are coming into play to put fall rye back in our vocabulary: KWS hybrid rye varieties are now available through a Regina-based farmer-owned company called FP Genetics. About 20,000 acres of those hybrids are growing on […] Read more


A guide to big rye

Hybrid rye variety yields 100 bushels per acre in bad conditions and double that number in Saskatchewan test plots

With a proven potential of 200 bushels per acre in prairie conditions, treating hybrid rye the same as conventional open rye varieties or winter wheat will guarantee you a disappointing harvest. “We’ve seen 200 bushels an acre in Western Canada. That was at Indian Head. It was just kissing 200 bushels in research plots,” says […] Read more



Farmers sing praises of hybrid rye

Morris, Man. — David Hamblin, an FP Genetics shareholder, has one Brasetto harvest under his belt. After getting hit with 25 percent hail damage in 2015, his 60-acre field still averaged 95 bushels per acre. “We would have been well over 100 (bushels) if we hadn’t gotten the hail. I wish we’d had 1,000 acres […] Read more


Canadian rye high in whiskey business

If award-winning Crown Royal doesn’t put the words ‘fall rye’ back in your mouth, potential yields of 200 bushels per acre might do the trick

Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye Whiskey from Seagram’s Gimli distillery grabbed Canada’s attention by winning the Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2016 World Whisky of the Year Award. The fact that Northern Harvest is distilled with 95 percent real rye no doubt drew the attention of some prairie farmers. After all, rye whiskey seems to be […] Read more