Wednesday August 20, 2014




Winter wheat initiative

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Bayer CropScience, Ducks Unlimited Canada and new partner Richardson International Limited have founded the Western Winter Wheat Initiative.

The Western Winter Wheat Initiative is an organization formed to promote the production of winter wheat in Western Canada. Winter wheat is a highly profitable crop that has many benefits for growers. The Western Winter Wheat Initiative is founded on the belief that winter wheat is a valuable crop for Western Canada, and its goal is to be a support system for farmers who want to grow winter wheat.

“This new initiative builds on our previous partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada by supporting and expanding winter wheat production across Western Canada,” says Paul Thiel, vice-president of innovation and public affairs with Bayer CropScience. “We are excited to have Richardson International now on board in support of this new winter wheat initiative as they bring extensive knowledge of the ag sector with their agronomy, sales, and grain merchandising units,” he adds.

Funding from the Richardson Foundation as part of their Healthy Prairie Landscapes initiative allows Richardson International to be a key player in the promotion of winter wheat across the Prairies.

“There is tremendous potential in increasing winter wheat production across Western Canada as the crop offers many benefits to producers,” says Peter Entz, assistant vice-president of seed and traits for Richardson International. “The Western Winter Wheat Initiative will focus on performance tracking trials across the three Prairie provinces in 2014 and we are proud to say Richardson International’s Kelburn Farm will be one of these important sites.”

“We have been an advocate for the crop for many years,” says Paul Thoroughgood, regional agrologist for Ducks Unlimited Canada. “Winter wheat is a great fit in cropping rotations and with the new varieties that are available, along with improved agronomic practices, it is one of the highest performing and highest returning crops on the Prairies right now.”

One of the Western Winter Wheat Initiatives first support tactics is a new interactive and comprehensive website that encompasses statistics on the benefits of growing winter wheat, guidelines to winter wheat management, and tools to support winter wheat production. Visit www.growwinterwheat.ca to learn more.

The Western Winter Wheat Initiative is using the Western Canadian Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, SK this week as its official kick off. Be sure to visit our booth (B 31-32) at this show as well as at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon, MB (Jan. 21-23) and FarmTech in Edmonton, AB (Jan. 28-30) to learn more about this new partnership or to talk to one of our winter wheat agronomists about this must grow crop.


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