In 2012, there was approximately 2.9 million acres of wheat seeded in Manitoba, as reported by producers for AgriInsurance purposes.
The Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) class remains the largest class of wheat grown in Manitoba. In 2012, 77.2% of provincial acreage devoted to wheat production is sown to CWRS varieties (see attached figure). Compare to 2011 where 90.2% of wheat acres were seeded with CWRS wheats.
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 20.7% of total wheat acres. This is a large increase from 2011 where 9.8% of wheat acres were sown to winter wheat.
Combined, CWRS and winter wheat account for 97.9% of total wheat acres in Manitoba in 2012. In 2011, CWRS and winter wheat accounted for 98.6% of total wheat acres.
The remaining 2.1% of wheat acres in 2012 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), Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD), and Canada Western Extra Strong (CWES). This is a very small increase from 2011 where only 1.4% of wheat acres were seeded to the smaller classes of wheat.
See attached figure illustrating the breakdown of the various wheat classes grown in Manitoba in 2012: Wheat Classes in Manitoba 2012
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, MAFRI Cereal Crops Specialist