In 2014, there was approximately 2.86 million acres of wheat seeded in Manitoba, as reported by producers for AgriInsurance purposes (pedigree and organic production not included), down from 3.40 million acres in 2013.
The Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class remains the largest class of wheat grown in Manitoba. In 2014, 76.1% of provincial acreage devoted to wheat production is sown to CWRS varieties. This is similar to 2013 where 77.1% of wheat acres were seeded to CWRS wheat varieties.
Winter wheat, which includes varieties belonging to the Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) and Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) classes, is the second largest acreage at 13.6% of total wheat acres, down from 2013. Keep in mind for winter wheat, the number of acres presented in the attached table below represents what was seeded in the fall of 2012 & 2013 and does not reflect the number of acres remaining after winter injury resulted in termination of impacted acres. Combined, CWRS and winter wheat account for 89.7% of total wheat acres in Manitoba in 2014, down from 95% in 2013.
The remaining 10.3% of wheat acres in 2014 are comprised of the smaller classes of wheat, including Canada Western Hard White Spring (CWHWS), CWGP (spring varieties only), Canada Western Soft White Spring (CWSWS), Canada Prairie Spring – White & Red (CPSW & CPSR) and ‘feed wheat’ varieties (as insurable by MASC and excluding the CWSWS and CWGP varieties). The largest increases were seen in the CWGP class and feed wheat varieties.
See the attached table illustrating the breakdown of the various wheat classes grown in Manitoba in 2014 and comparisons to 2013:
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, MAFRD Cereal Crops Specialist