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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