Now is the time to start exploring new, potential winter wheat varieties for the 2015 season. Pencil in crop walks and tours at your local research station, seed company or seed grower event to observe how the new varieties perform in your local region.
There are many traits to consider when selecting a winter wheat variety as yield is generally the first factor producers consider; however, farmers should also compare standability, end-use qualities, disease resistance and other agronomic factors.
New for the 2015 season is AAC Gateway, a hard red winter developed out of Dr. Rob Graf’s program at the Lethbridge Research Station. This variety demonstrates good yield and protein potential as well as good survival compared to provincial checks. AAC Gateway has adequate resistant to leaf, stem and stripe rust; in addition, it has reasonable tolerance to fusarium head blight. This variety is suitable for the eastern Prairies and Parkland regions of Saskatchewan and Alberta.
If you would like to compare AAC Gateway with varieties in your area and don’t have time to take in a crop walk this summer, then consulting your provincial seed grower guide is a great management tool to assist with decisions.