Crop Profile for Spring Wheat in Canada, 2010 (67 pp) - Synopsis

Spring wheat (Triticum aestivum and T. turgidum var. durum) is one of the most important crops in Canada, comprising over nine million hectares. Over 175 varieties, categorized into 12 spring wheat types are grown in Canada. Major areas of production include Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Spring wheat is processed into flour, cereal food and feed, bread, pasta and bakery products. Durum wheat is processed into semolina flour that is used to make pasta and couscous.

The Crop Profile for Spring Wheat in Canada, 2010 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for spring wheat in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting spring wheat growth. The biology of key disease, insect and mite and weed problems is presented as well as cultural and chemical methods of control. Detailed information is provided in tabular form on pest occurrence, integrated pest management options and registered pesticides available to growers.

Grower issues/ gaps in pest management, identified through stakeholder consultations are described in each of the three main sections (disease, insect and mite and weed) and under each pest description. A list of provincial specialists for wheat and IPM resources is provided at the end of the profile.

Limited crop production and market statistics are provided in the profile to give context to the economic importance of the commodity. For more detailed statistics pertaining to the crop, the reader is referred to Statistics Canada.

The Crop Profile for Spring Wheat in Canada, 2010 is not intended for use as a crop production guide. Detailed information on crop production and pest management in specific regions is available through provincial ministry of agriculture websites and provincial crop specialists.

The Crop Profile for Spring Wheat in Canada, 2010 (full report) is available from Government of Canada Publications.

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