2016 Winter Wheat & Fall Rye MCVET Data Available!

Winter Wheat MCVET 2016Since 2008, MCVET (Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Team) has been publishing winter cereal yield data collected from their trials shortly after harvest to help farmers and seed growers in Manitoba make variety decisions.

In 2016, data is being released for 10 locations for 7 winter wheat varieties and 5 fall rye varieties: Fresh off the Field – 2016 MCVET Winter Cereal Yield Data




Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

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2015 Pulse & Soybean Variety Selection Guide NOW AVAILABLE!

The 2015 Pulse & Soybean Variety Selection Guide is now available on the Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) website at http://www.manitobapulse.ca/variety-data/.  The publication features the results from MPSG sponsored trials, an contents of the publication can only be reproduced with the permission of MPSG.

The purpose of variety performance testing is to provide farmers and agronomists with third-party data on yield and agronomic characteristics for soybeans, edible beans, field peas, fababeans and lentils . The information will help producers select the varieties best suited to their farm.

Happy Variety Selection!


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Why Touring Variety Performance Trials is Important

Crop producers make choices about the varieties they grow based, in part, upon crop variety evaluation trials. Many such trials are conducted across the crop growing regions of Manitoba annually, known as the Manitoba Crop Variety Evaluation Trials (MCVET). This information is summarized and presented as long term yield and protein data and yearly site data, which is available in SEED MANITOBA (www.seedmb.ca) and on the interactive website Seed Interactive (www.seedinteractive.ca) . The information gives comparisons of interests to the producers in each region as new varieties are tested each year.

Over the next week, I will be touring the 2014/15 MCVET winter cereal sites, which include winter wheat and fall rye trials. The main goals of visiting the sites early in the season are to assess stand establishment, take notes on winterkill or reduced stands in any of the plots, and make sure weeds are properly controlled.  If there are significant issues with the site, the trial is terminated.  The spring tour is an important first step in making sure the data that producers see in SEED MANITOBA is of high quality and properly vetted.

Which varieties are being evaluated this year?

The following registered winter wheat varieties are being tested by MCVET in 2014/15:

  • CWRW:  AAC Gateway, AAC Elevate, CDC Buteo, CDC Chase, Emerson, Flourish & Moats
  • CWGP:  CDC Falcon

The following fall rye varieties are being tested:

  • Danko and Hazlet
  • hybrid fall rye varieties Guttino and Brasetto

If you would like to obtain directions and plots plans to the MCVET winter cereal sites, please don’t hesitate to contact myself at [email protected] or Patti Rothenburger, Agri-Genetics Specialist & Chair of MCVET at [email protected]

For more information on growing winter wheat or fall rye, please visit MAFRD’s website at:

Submitted by:  Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, MAFRD


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A History of the Recommendations Made by the PRCWRT

The Prairie Recommending Committee for Wheat, Rye and Triticale (PRCWRT) evaluates candidate cultivars (varieties) of wheat, rye and triticale and, upon the request of the owner or designate, makes recommendations to the Variety Registration Office, Canadian Food Inspection Agency regarding the suitability of the candidate for registration.

The attached file shows a history of their recommendations made from 1959 to March 4, 2014:   PRCWRT Recommendations 1959-PresentNote: some varieties recommended have been registered by CFIA since the file was last updated.

As you look through the list, you’ll see the number of varieties that were supported by the PRCWRT have increased over the years.  You will also note that even though a variety was supported by the PRCWRT, not all lines were registered (see comments column).

For more information on the PRCWRT, visit their website at http://www.pgdc.ca/committees_wrt.html

Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist

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2014 Canola Performance Trials (CPT) are now available!

Although Canola Performance Trial Data is included in SEED MANITOBA 2015, I would invite you to check out the web-based presentation of this data at the website below:


The website allows you to either print or view the entire 2014 report and makes reports from past year available through an archive.

There is also a variety comparison tool available on the website that allows you to sort data to more accurately compare varieties.  This tool allows you to sort data by province or specific site, year, herbicide system, research design (small plot, field scale or both) and growing season zone (short, mid, long).

Submitted by:  Terry Buss, Farm Production Advisor – Crops, MAFRD

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Have you tried Seed Interactive??

Seed Interactive is a collaborative effort between the Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association, Farm Business Communications, and Manitoba Agriculture, Food & Rural Development and can be accessed by clicking on: http://www.seedinteractive.ca/

Using the information found in SEED MANITOBA 2015, along with information from past yearly issues of the SEED MANITOBA guide, Seed Interactive allows you to tailor your own output, taking into consideration your agronomic and management requirements.

  • Use the variety characteristic report to familiarize yourself with overall yield performance, variety disease resistance and general agronomic attributes.
  • Use the Yield Comparison Report to select your own check variety to compare directly to a new or commonly grown variety at locations of your choice.
  • Or use the Mulit-Year Yield Summary Report to focus on a group of varieties tested together within a specific time span at the locations of your choice.

Crop types currently on Seed Interactive include spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, oats, flax, peas, soybeans and sunflowers (oil & confectionary).

I invite you to check it out.  I have often used this tool while discussing soybean varieties with growers.  I find being able to quickly compare specific varieties to each other in one location over multiple years with this online tool is a lot easier than trying to use the hard copy.

Submitted by:  Terry Buss, Farm Production Advisor – Crops, MAFRD

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Canola Performance Trial Data is Out!

The Canola Performance Trial (CPT) data for 2012 has been made public.  A .pdf version of the data can be found at http://canolaperformancetrials.ca/media/162257/12ccc3597_cpt_booklet_2012_v5_lr.pdf

The information includes data from 23 small plots and 81 field scale trials from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C. Peace Region.

For Manitoba specifically, small plot trials were located in Arborg, Boissevain, Dauphin, Melita and Portage la Prairie.  Data from field scale trials came from Arborg, Brandon, Dauphin, Elie, Halbstadt, Hamiota, Howden, Kenton, Killarney, Lauder, Melita, Oakville, Portage la Prairie, Rossburn, Somerset, St. Adolphe, Stonewall and Swan River.

Not all locations were able to be published in the booklet as not all trials were harvested at time of publication.  The website will have more location data in the upcoming weeks as well as map tool functions for specific location and variety comparisons. 


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