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The research will use wild wheat relatives and industry-leading genomics to better understand wheat’s genetic potential.

Wild wheat research gets funding

Alberta Wheat and its Prairie counterparts are putting more than $1.9 million into development of higher-yielding, stress-resistant wheat varieties. The funding is part of a $11.2-million investment from Genome Canada, Ag Canada, the Western Grains Research Foundation and industry partners. The research will utilize wild wheat relatives and elite germplasm along with industry-leading genomic techniques […] Read more

Stanford, Konschuh new Alberta Wheat leaders

Magrath producer Gary Stanford is the new chair of the Alberta Wheat Commission and Hannah Konschuh is the new vice-chair. Stanford succeeds Kevin Bender who had served on the board since its inception in 2012 and has thus “termed out.” Region 3 director Terry Young also reached his term limit. He is being replaced by […] Read more


Five Alberta Wheat positions open

Deadline for nominations is Oct. 31

Alberta Wheat is accepting nominations for one director and three regional reps in Region 3, as well as the director-at-large position, which represents all five of its regions. Elections for the Region 3 positions, if required, will take place at the Next Level Farming meeting at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Nov. 13. Voting for […] Read more

Crop Commissions to fund wheat research

The Alberta Wheat Commission and its Saskatchewan counterpart will spend $1.6 million over three years on seven wheat research projects. These include stripe rust surveillance to improve resistance in regional wheat varieties, developing a reliable method of gene editing in wheat to simplify the breeding process, and improving nitrogen use efficiency. Other research will look […] Read more


A new 4-P program is aimed at creating improved CPSR wheat varieties.

Partnership launches first CPSR wheat variety

The Alberta Wheat Commission and Canterra Seeds have launched a new wheat variety. AAC Crossfield, which will be available in spring, is the first variety created under their public, private, producer partnership (4-P). The high-yielding variety has short, strong straw that is well suited for high inputs and/or under irrigation and has improved milling and […] Read more

FHB risk website has new features

The Alberta FHB risk website has been updated. The site has a Fusarium Disease Severity Value gauge and 10-day running risk evaluation tool to help producers decide on fungicide applications. A number of weather features have recently been added. They include weather station data; a prevailing wind map that can be updated hourly for a […] Read more


There’s a risk that Bill C-49 won’t become law as the House of Commons only sits until June 22 to leave for summer break.

Transport bill delays blasted

Delays in passing Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act, means farmers could see another crop year with no mechanisms in place to hold the railways accountable, say the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley. Read more: Grain groups rip lawmakers over derailed transport bill Political manoeuvring has stalled the legislation and there’s an increasing risk […] Read more

Sourdough method could reduce wheat sensitivity

The Alberta Wheat Commission, its sister organization in Saskatchewan, and the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotional Council are jointly funding research on whether the process used to produce sourdough bread could lead to a more easily digested food option for people with sensitivities to wheat. Alberta Wheat is providing nearly half of the $148,000 for […] Read more


Transport act delay could be costly

Alberta Wheat Commission is concerned grain transportation in Canada is being put at risk with the failure to pass Bill C-49, The Transportation Modernization Act, prior to Christmas. The delay in Senate approval of the legislation until the New Year could mean serious repercussions for farmers since they ultimately bear the cost of delayed shipments, […] Read more