Bayer’s new $24 million wheat breeding facility near Pike Lake, Sask., was officially opened June 10. | Photo via Twitter @Bayer4CropsCA

Bayer facility hopes to develop hybrid wheat within 10 years

Bayer CropsScience’s new multimillion-dollar wheat breeding station in central Saskatchewan is expected to produce its first hybrid wheat varieties in about eight years. Company officials said new spring wheat hybrids developed at the station will likely be registered in the first half of the next decade and should be available to commercial growers before 2025. […] Read more

The Horsch wheat seed singulation manifold selects one seed at a time to send down the tube and places them precisely at the desired spacing, all at speeds up to 10 m.p.h.  | Ron Lyseng photo

Singulate wheat seeds to reap benefits

Farmers understand the advantages of seed singulation in corn. What if they could do the same with wheat seeds?

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Researchers long ago concluded that seed singulation and uniform spacing within a row of wheat plants promoted healthier higher-yielding stands that required fewer crop protection products. But is it possible? Michael Horsch says yes. The German industrialist and brains behind some of the most advanced air drills and planters in […] Read more

A research scientist with the National Research Council in Saskatoon discusses his research with visitors during a Canadian Wheat Alliance open house on March 16, 2016. | Brian Cross photo

Wheat research program hopes to build on momentum

An unprecedented wheat research program that will spend close to $100 million to improve knowledge and develop new plant breeding technologies is about to begin bearing fruit. The Canadian Wheat Alliance, launched in 2013, was initially billed as a five-year, $97 million research project involving scientists from Agriculture Canada, the National Research Council, the University […] Read more

Growing U.S. stocks pose wheat market’s biggest problem

Canada will likely export more wheat than the United States for the second consecutive year. That is just one development in a depressed wheat market fixated on large supplies. However, the supply, while large, is not necessarily as overwhelming as it appears on first glance. The difference between ample supply and shortage is fairly small, […] Read more

While the early harvested wheat was generally hitting No. 1 or 2 quality levels, the last half was hit by rain and a good portion of that will be No. 3 or below. | File photo

Tale of two wheat crops in Western Canada

WINNIPEG — Western Canadian farmers are in the final stages of harvesting the 2015 wheat crop, and while yields continue to beat earlier expectations, there is a distinct quality difference between the crops harvested early and those harvested late. “In our country, all of the grain was top grade, but anything that was left out […] Read more

All parts of the value chain must work together to find new uses and growth opportunities for Canadian wheat.  |  File photo

Branding wheat may expand markets

What do customers want when they buy Canadian wheat? Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute recently commissioned market research firm LMC International to answer this question. Farmers should care about the answer because it will impact their future bottom line, and their check-off dollars may be going to go to support the industry’s […] Read more

Russia may nix wheat export tax

MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) — Russia’s agriculture ministry may review its wheat export tax once it receives export data for February, says agriculture minister Nikolai Fyodorov. The government has been trying to cool domestic wheat prices with informal curbs on exports since December, to which it added an export tax from Feb. 1. Domestic wheat prices […] Read more

Few Canadian grain companies use the text book definition of basis when pricing wheat.   |  File photo

Basis confusing but tells story

Wacky wheat bids at prairie elevators will likely stick around, say two crop marketers who deal daily with multiple elevators. However, farmers shouldn’t get frustrated about basis levels that seem bizarre. Instead, they should learn to stand back and read the submerged but important signals. These signals vary company to company and don’t relate well […] Read more

U.S. farmers planted less winter wheat than expected, but it didn’t lift wheat futures. | File photo

Big stocks offset acreage cut

American winter wheat acres down five percent, but exports sluggish

U.S. farmers planted less winter wheat than expected, but it didn’t lift wheat futures. Producers seeded 40.45 million acres of the crop, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of more than 83,000 farmers in December. It is well below the average trade estimate of 42.57 million acres and last year’s crop of 42.4 […] Read more

Provincial weed expert Clark Brenzil with Saskatchewan Agriculture, kneeling, assesses herbicide damage in controlled plots during the Crop Diagnostics School at Agriculture Canada’s research farm at Scott, Sask.  |  Brian Cross photo

Midge, fusarium control all about timing

SCOTT, Sask. — Farmers who are still spraying fungicides on wheat to control fusarium head blight should be paying close attention to crop staging to ensure the best results. Lyndon Hicks, a regional crop specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, says early flowering is the perfect time for fusarium control in wheat. “Flowering will begin in the […] Read more