In 2012, there was approximately 2.2 million acres of commercial red spring wheat seeded in Manitoba, as reported by producers for AgriInsurance purposes.
The variety Harvest, at 18.4% of Manitoba’s commercial red spring wheat acreage, was the most popular variety grown in Manitoba in 2012. Harvest held the second spot in 2011 and 2010 and third spot in 2009. Harvest was registered in 2002 and was released commercially to producers in 2004. It has been a popular variety over the recent years, particularly on the western side of Manitoba. It was developed by AAFC – CRC and is distributed by FP Genetics.
Second spot goes to the variety Glenn grown on 18.2% of Manitoba’s acreage. Glenn held the third place spot in 2011 and 2010 and eighth spot in 2009. Glenn was also commercially released to Manitoba producers in 2009. It was developed by NDSU and is distributed by CANTERRA SEEDS.
Third spot is held by the variety KANE at 14.1% of the acreage. KANE was the number one variety based on market share in 2011, 2010 and 2009 (the year it was commercially released). It was developed by AAFC – CRC and is distributed by SeCan.
Carberry, which was first released to producers in 2012, held the number four spot at 12.3% of Manitoba acreage. Carberry is a semi-dwarf variety with strong straw, good yield potential and has a moderately resistant (MR) rating to fusarium head blight. It was developed by AAFC – SPARC and is distributed by SeCan.
The top four varieties of Harvest, Glenn, KANE and Carberry were grown on 64% of red spring wheat acres in Manitoba.
Rounding out the top 10 are the varieties AC Domain, AC Barrie, WR859 CL, 5603HR, CDC Go and 5602HR. The older varieties AC Domain and AC Barrie continue to see a decline in acres while the newer varieties of WR859 CL and 5603HR saw an increase in acres from 2011. The top 10 varieties together were grown on 88% of red spring wheat acres in Manitoba.
The remaining 12% of acres were seeded to 42 red spring wheat varieties, many of those newer varieties gaining in acres in Manitoba.
See attached figure illustrating the top red spring wheat varieties grown in Manitoba in 2012: Top Red Spring Wheat Varieties Grown in Manitoba – 2012
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, MAFRI Cereal Crops Specialist