In 2015, there was approximately 3.0 million acres of wheat seeded in Manitoba, as reported by producers for AgriInsurance purposes (pedigree and organic production not included), up from 2.86 million acres in 2014.
The Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class remains the largest class of wheat grown in Manitoba. In 2015, 83% of provincial acreage devoted to wheat production is sown to CWRS varieties. This is up slightly from 2014 where 76% of wheat acres were seeded to CWRS wheat varieties.
Figure 1: Percent of Wheat Acres by Class/Category in Manitoba (2015)
Source: MASC 2015 Market Share Report for wheat production; does not include pedigreed & organic production.
The new interim wheat class, called Canada Western Interim Wheat (CWIW), is the second largest category of wheat in Manitoba at 7.8% of the total wheat acreage. The class includes three varieties: Faller, Prosper and Elgin ND.
Winter wheat, which includes varieties belonging to the Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) and Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) classes, is the third largest at 5.3% of total wheat acres, down from 13.6% in 2014. Keep in mind for winter wheat, the number of acres represents what was seeded in the fall of 2013 & 2014 and does not reflect the number of acres remaining after winter injury or winterkill resulted in termination of impacted acres.
Combined, CWRS, CWIW and winter wheat account for 96.2% of total wheat acres in Manitoba in 2015, which is very similar to 2014 (95%).
The remaining 3.8% of wheat acres in 2015 are comprised of the smaller classes of wheat, including Canada Western Hard White Spring (CWHWS), Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD), CWGP (spring varieties only), Canada Western Soft White Spring (CWSWS), Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) and unregistered spring wheat varieties.
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, MAFRD