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Ward Middleton, an organic grain and oilseed farmer from Morinville, was one of the farmers who joined the participatory plant-breeding trials, selecting wheat grown on his farm for breeding.

Hands-on plant breeding: Farmers help select new plant lines

Since 2011, organic farmers from across Canada have been making their own breeding selections

You might call it DIY cereal breeding. Since 2011, plant-breeding researchers have collaborated with organic farmers in a breeding program in which the producers select lines from trials on their own farms. Normally, a breeder goes through a plot, and selects the best spikes, heads or plants according to their breeding goals. “The participatory plant-breeding […] Read more



U.S. grains: Soybeans up on yield uncertainty

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. soybean futures closed higher on Wednesday on technical buying and uncertainty about U.S. yield prospects, analysts said. Corn and wheat futures also firmed, steadying after the benchmark contracts for both grains dipped to three-month lows. Chicago Board of Trade November soybean futures settled up 4-3/4 cents at $8.73 per bushel […] Read more

Canada boosts 2019-20 wheat production estimate

MarketsFarm — Canadian wheat production in 2019-20 is forecast to come in at 500,000 tonnes above an earlier forecast, according to updated supply/demand tables released Wednesday from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Wheat ending stocks were also raised in the report, while adjustments to the canola tables led a slight reduction to the still record-large carryout […] Read more



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


USDA attache to Canada predicts larger wheat crop

MarketsFarm — A new report from the Ottawa-based attache to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has raised its estimate of total wheat production in Canada for 2019. The report Thursday from attache Phil Hayes increases FAS’s estimate of wheat production in Canada for 2019 to 32.65 million tonnes, compared to last […] Read more