Manitoba Wheat and Barely Growers Association have begun to build research relationships and commit to funding, managing and monitoring research projects that will advance the interests and potential profitability of Manitoba growers.

Wheat and Barley Variety Development

MWBGA are working with the Wheat Advisory and Barley Advisory committees of the Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) to shape long term core agreements with Canada’s public plant breeding programs at Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, the Crop Development Centre of the University of Saskatchewan, the Plant Science Department of the University of Manitoba & the University of Alberta.

As each of the prairie commissions build their organizational capacity, we fully expect to collaborate with cereal commissions in Alberta and Saskatchewan to build Western Canadian initiatives that can more efficiently serve all of our interests.

Research Priorities 2017 – 2018

Fusarium management – from varietal improvement to in-crop control measures

Nitrogen and Protein – maximize profitability for protein and seek better nitrogen use efficiency

Excess Moisture – there is currently significant national and international research focused on drought issues for cereals but in much of Manitoba our wheat and barley crops are more at risk of yield loss due to excess moisture than drought

Rotation considerations – with a special focus on pulse – cereal rotations. What lessons can be learned where the management practice of one crop improves the prospects of the other?

Other – We are always open to suggestions from producers, researchers and industry that may demonstrate a benefit to Manitoba growers.

  • Lodging is a major crop production issue, especially in high yielding environments. Yield losses can range from 5 to 40%, with the greatest losses when lodging occurs ten days to two weeks following head emergence. Lodging can be managed through variety selection and agronomics. Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are another management tool that may be used to reduce lodging. Trials were conducted at the crop diversification centers in Portage, Melita, and Arborg in 2015, and in Melita and Arborg in 2016 looking at variety x PGR application interactions on plant height and yield.
  • FINAL REPORT – Plant Growth Regulators in Spring Wheat (PDF -166 KB)
  • View Amy Mangin’s research poster on ‘Agronomic Management to Reduce Lodging Risk for Spring Wheat in Western Canada’ here – CWS Poster_final

For more information on any of these projects and research strategies please contact the MWBGA office.