The Western Winter Wheat Initiative is a collaboration between Bayer, Richardson International, and Ducks Unlimited Canada. The purpose for this initiative is to build awareness and credibility of winter wheat as a highly productive crop option for western Canadian farmers. Winter wheat is steadily growing in popularity because farm producers are realizing its excellent yield potential, profitability, and the flexibility in time management that it provides in the busy seasons. Each year new varieties with greater yield advantage, disease tolerance, and other important traits are introduced to the market. Each year more farmers are finding that winter wheat is an excellent agronomic and time management fit into crop rotations. Winter wheat is poised to become a significant cropping choice in Western Canada, and the Western Winter Wheat Initiative is designed to ensure that there is a significant support structure in agronomy, products, and grain marketing to ensure this crop is a sustainable and profitable option for farmers for decades to come.
Winter wheat is often overlooked by many farmers because of the extra time it can take, the risk due to winter weather, and various other factors, many of which are misconceptions. But there are many reasons why including a winter wheat crop in a rotation can be beneficial.
Winter cereals can be a good option for producers with livestock pasture because they can produce it and use it in the same year. Seed is readily available for winter cereals and the crop is easy to establish. Winter wheat can be fall seeded and fall grazed, or overwintered and grazed in the spring. It can also be seeded in the spring and used in the year of seeding.