Adequate snow cover across much of Western Canada should bode well for the winter wheat crop.
However, there are concerns in some areas that the crop wasn’t far enough along before entering dormancy, Jake Davidson, executive director of Winter Cereals Canada, said at a recent growers’ meeting in Saskatoon.
“I don’t think we’re in as bad shape as many people think,” said Davidson, adding most areas have enough moisture to “kick-start anything that’s ready to go” in the spring.
However, there is a lack of snow cover in the southwestern corner of Saskatchewan.
The end of the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk allowed many winter wheat growers to sell last year’s crop early and have “cash in their pockets before their other crops even came off,” said Davidson. Much of that production was sold in the U.S.
Prairie farmers planted 1.135 million acres of winter wheat this fall, down from the 1.305 million acres planted the previous year.