CropTalk Westman Starting April 20th

It is that time of year to start talking about the 2016 growing season. CropTalk Westman covers real-time agronomic topics to assist growers and agronomists with the cropping season.  The CropTalk Westman 2016 webinar series will be held weekly every Wednesday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am starting April 20, 2016 until mid-September.  To register, visit

NOTE:  CCA credits are also available for participating in the weekly webinars. If you require CCA credit, you will need to enter your CCA # during the registration process.

What is a Webinar?

A Webinar is a web conference where you register and then you will receive a hyperlink to join the webinar. You join the webinar from your own computer and you will see the PowerPoint presentation and hear the presenter.  Participants wishing to join the webinar using their computer will need a good internet connection and a speaker. Remember you can access the live webinar from you iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone.  The app is GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar; you can download this app for free.

If you are unable to watch the webinar at the time of presentation, please register as then you will receive an email with the link to the recorded webinar that you can watch at a time that is more convenient to you. 

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Canada Western Red Spring Wheat – Harvest Quality Report – November 12, 2014

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) continues to release updated information in its Harvest Quality Report of Canada Western Red Spring Wheat every Tuesday.  To date in Manitoba, 39% of the samples analyzed are grading in the top two grades, holding constant from the November 4th report (see Tables 1 and 2).  Overall average protein content remains at 13.5%.  According to the CGC, mildew is the most common downgrading factor in spring wheat this year.

Table 1: Canada Western Red Spring wheat in Manitoba – Protein content % as of November 4, 2014

November 4th

Table 2:  Canada Western Red Spring wheat in Manitoba – Protein content % as of November 12, 2014

November 12th


  • All samples supplied by producers and grain companies.
  • Results are unlikely to represent samples harvested within two weeks of the date of this report (September 30th).
  • Protein content is determined by near-infrared measurements calibrated against the Combustion Nitrogen Analysis reference method and is expressed on an N x 5.7, 13.5% moisture basis.

Bruce Burnett of the CWB spoke at the CropTalk Westman webinar on October 1st where he presented the following graph showing long term CWRS quality in Western Canada. In 2014, about 75% of the crop was in the top two grades.

CWRS Quality

Source: “Market Update” by Bruce Burnett, CWB. CropTalk Westman October 1, 2014.

To view Bruce Burnett’s entire presentation, please visit the MAFRD’s YouTube website which features all of CropTalk Westman’s recorded webinars for 2014:

For more information about the quality of Canadian grain, please visit the Canadian Grain Commission website at

Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, MAFRD Cereal Crops Specialist

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