Sep 2017

New varieties rescue wheat crop

From The Western Producer:

Somewhere between $300 and $325 million — that’s how much the latest spring wheat varieties with superior water use efficiency may have added to Saskatchewan’s production this year.

Farmers in many parts of Saskatchewan have been surprised this year by their crop yields, including spring wheat yields, because soil conditions have been exceptionally dry for months.

A fair number of growers have said on Twitter and in anecdotal reports that spring wheat yields are exceeding expectations.

“Though we are hardly harvesting a bumper crop, I think it is safe to say that our crops are yielding better than we had anticipated,” said Bill Gehl, chair of the Saskatchewan Wheat Commission chair and a farmer near Regina, which received 1.8 millimetres of rain in July, the second lowest amount on record.

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