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

Winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) is an important crop in Canada, comprising over 700,000 hectares. Over 100 varieties categorized into four winter wheat types are grown in Canada. Most Canadian winter wheat production occurs in Ontario and the three Prairie provinces. In the Prairie region, winter wheat is typically grown as part of diverse crop rotations that include canola, pulse crops, and other spring cereal crops. In central Canada, winter wheat is typically grown in corn-soybean-winter wheat rotations. Winter wheat is processed into flour, cereal food and feed, bread and bakery products.

The Crop Profile for Winter Wheat, 2010 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for winter wheat in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting winter 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 Winter Wheat, 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 Winter Wheat, 2010 (full report) is available from Government of Canada Publications.

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