In 2012, there was 593,906 acres of commercial winter wheat seeded in Manitoba, as reported by producers for AgriInsurance purposes.
The variety CDC Falcon, at 68.0% of Manitoba’s commercial winter wheat acreage, was the most popular variety grown in Manitoba in 2012. CDC Falcon has held the top spot in Manitoba since 2002. Its popularity remains consistent in Manitoba due to its shorter stature, strong straw and good yield potential. It was developed by the Plant Science Department, University of Saskatchewan and is distributed by SeCan. CDC Falcon currently still belongs to the Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) class but will transition to the Canada Western General Purpose (CWGP) class August 1, 2014.
Second spot goes to the variety CDC Buteo grown on 17.7% of Manitoba’s acreage. CDC Buteo has held the second place spot since 2007 and this variety belongs to the CWRW class. It was also developed by the Plant Science Department, University of Saskatchewan and is distributed by SeCan.
Third spot is held by CDC Ptarmigan at 4.2% of the acreage. CDC Ptarmigan held the number four spot in 2011 and 2010. This variety belongs to the CWGP class and is a soft white kernel type. It was developed by the Plant Science Department, University of Saskatchewan and is distributed by Western Ag.
The varieties of McClintock (CWRW) and Peregrine (CWGP) round out the top 5 varieties grown in Manitoba in 2012. The top 5 varieties were grown on 94.8% of winter wheat acres in Manitoba.
The remaining 5.2% of acres were seeded to 14 winter wheat varieties, including older varieties such as CDC Harrier, CDC Kestrel and CDC Raptor, and newer varieties such as Sunrise, Accipiter and Broadview.
With CDC Falcon still belonging to the CWRW class, CWRW varieties continue to be grown on a large percentage of acres in Manitoba. In 2012, 88.8% of winter wheat acres were seeded to CWRW varieties as compared to 11.2% of acres that were seeded to CWGP varieties. This may change substantially once CDC Falcon is moved from the CWRW class to the CWGP class as of August 1, 2014.
See attached figure illustrating the top winter wheat varieties grown in Manitoba in 2012: Top Winter Wheat Varieties in Manitoba – 2012
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, MAFRI Cereal Crops Specialist