By Bruce Barker
Public and private plant breeders continue to bring new cereal varieties to market, with improved yield, disease resistance, and agronomic performance. Available in commercial quantities for the 2017 planting season, these new varieties continue to push yield boundaries.
Canada Western Red Spring
AAC Cameron VB is a very high-yielding Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) variety with resistance to wheat midge. It is significantly higher yielding than Unity VB with better lodging resistance. The variety is rated moderately resistant to leaf and stem rust and has an improved Fusarium head blight (FHB) rating. Available from Canterra Seeds retailers.
AAC Jatharia VB is a midge-tolerant CWRS wheat variety with grain yield potential of 113 per cent of AC Carberry. Maturity is two days earlier than AC Carberry. It is 16 centimetres taller than AC Carberry with an intermediate rating for FHB. AAC Jatharia is an excellent replacement for AC Unity VB. Available through SeCan members.
AAC Prevail VB is a hard red spring wheat variety with a yield potential of 101 per cent of Unity VB. AAC Prevail VB is the first midge-tolerant variety to come to market since AC Unity that offers producers top-end yield performance coupled with unsurpassed grade retention. With improvements to standability and disease resistance including Ug99 rust and FHB, producers can be confident they have their sights set on a premium product for premium markets. AAC Prevail VB is available through Parrish & Heimbecker, Paterson Grain, NorthWest Terminal, Alliance Seed Growers, and FCL.
CDC Bradwell is a CWRS wheat variety with grain yield potential of 101 per cent of AC Carberry. Maturity is two days earlier than AC Carberry. It grows seven cm taller than AC Carberry, and has very good lodging resistance and an intermediate rating for FHB. CDC Bradwell has an egg-laying deterrence against wheat midge. Available through SeCan members.
SY479 VB is a very high protein, wheat midge-tolerant CWRS variety with strong yield potential, yielding similar to AC Carberry, and has good standability. SY479 VB has a balanced disease resistance package with intermediate resistance to FHB, and resistance to leaf rust and bunt. Available through Parrish & Heimbecker, Paterson Grain, NorthWest Terminal, Alliance Seed Growers, and FCL. SY479 VB is a proprietary wheat variety developed by Syngenta and distributed by Alliance Seed under exclusive license.
Canada Northern Hard Red
AAC Concord is a solid stem milling wheat boasting significant yield and disease improvements over Lillian – 20 per cent higher yielding and with stronger FHB resistance. This Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) variety also has a high test and seed weight. Available from Canterra Seeds retailers.
AAC Tradition is a CNHR wheat variety with good yield potential. It has grain yield of 109 per cent of AC Carberry and maturity equal to AC Carberry. AAC Tradition was selected for improved yield under organic production systems. It is five cm taller than AC Carberry, has good lodging resistance, and an intermediate rating for FHB. Available through SeCan members.
Canada Western Special Purpose
SY087 is a high-yielding, high protein, special purpose variety from Syngenta that is particularly well-suited to darker soils. SY087 is a medium maturity variety with an excellent disease package, including a moderately resistant (MR) rating for FHB, and MR ratings for stem, stripe and leaf rust, and bunt. SY087 is being distributed by United Suppliers Canada.
Canada Prairie Spring Red
SY Rowyn is a Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat variety with a yield potential of 115 per cent of 5700PR. It has an MR rating for FHB. SY Rowyn has significantly higher protein and a semi dwarf stature. It offers CPSR growers the characteristics they desire to produce a high quality crop for high quality markets. Available through Parrish & Heimbecker, Paterson Grain, NorthWest Terminal, Alliance Seed Growers, and FCL. SY Rowyn is a proprietary wheat variety developed by Syngenta and distributed by Alliance Seed under exclusive license.
AAC Spitfire is a Canada Western Amber Durum wheat variety with high grain yield potential of 112 per cent of AC Strongfield. Maturity is equal to AC Strongfield. It is two cm shorter than AC Strongfield with improved lodging resistance. AAC Spitfire has a susceptible rating for FHB. It is an excellent replacement for AC Strongfield. Available through SeCan members.
CDC Carbide is the first midge-tolerant durum wheat variety from Proven Seed. It is mid-maturity with improved yield and agronomics over the existing midge-tolerant durum, and is notable for holding its seed colour and quality. CDC Carbide has an excellent disease package, including resistance to stem, leaf and stripe rust. Available only at CPS retails.
Canada Western Hard Red Winter Wheat
AAC Elevate is a Canada Western Hard Red Winter Wheat variety with grain yield potential of 107 per cent of CDC Buteo. It grows eight cm shorter than CDC Buteo with very good lodging resistance. AAC Elevate has good winter hardiness along with leaf and stem rust resistance. It is moderately susceptible to stripe rust. Available through SeCan members.
General purpose barley
Canmore is a new two-row general purpose barley with applications for the feed market, as well as the developing shochu market. It possesses very good yields and greatly improved lodging resistance over Xena. Canmore has a high per cent plump and test weight, and is rated MR to scald. Available from Canterra Seeds retailers.
CDC Ruffian is a white milling oat that exhibits superior yield potential (113 per cent of CDC Dancer) across the oat growing area of Western Canada. It has short straw and has good lodging resistance. CDC Ruffian has intermediate resistance to crown rust and resistance to smut. It has a high ratio of plump kernels. Available at select FP Genetics shareholders.