There are seven new cereal varieties on the market for 2016, in addition to all the high-performing varieties that we’ve seen in the past few years. Farmers in durum growing areas may be interested in Secan’s new AAC Marchwell VB, the first midge tolerant durum.
Elgin ND was developed by North Dakota State University and will be eligible for the new milling class of wheat. Elgin ND is a high-yielding wheat that yields similar to Faller and yielded 102 to 105 per cent of the CPS checks in registration trials. Elgin also has excellent gluten strength and, on average, protein content about one per cent higher than other varieties. Final ratings for diseases will be available after evaluation, in March 2016. Elgin ND is best adapted for Zone 1 and 2 (Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan).
Go Early is a Hard Red Spring wheat initially introduced as PT769. Go Early is bred from CDC Go and has similar large kernel size, but five per cent higher yield, better disease resistance and matures two days earlier.
CDC Titanium is the first midge tolerant CWRS from Proven Seed and has the highest fusarium resistance rating of all available midge tolerant varieties. Provides growers an excellent and flexible choice that resists lodging, allowing for maximum yield potential. CDC Titanium delivers excellent resistance to strip rust and FHB.
5605HR CL offers the next step in Clearfield wheat with high yields, heavy bushel weights and an easy weed management. It is an ideal CWRS variety where complex field conditions and crop rotation challenges exist. 5605HR CL offers a strong disease package including FHB resistance.
CDC Fortitude is the first solid stem and sawfly-resistant CWAD variety, resulting in successful harvest results. An intermediate to moderate resistance rating for FHB plus strong standability makes CDC Fortitude an excellent option for high fertility or irrigation acres in the durum growing regions of the Prairies.
AAC Penhold is a CPS Red with exceptionally short, strong straw and an MR rating to FHB. Wheat producers in Alberta have been waiting for a replacement for AC Foremost for many years — this looks like the one. The straw strength allows it to be grown under very high production conditions; in the heavy growing conditions of southern Manitoba it was literally the only wheat standing in some areas. The MR rating to FHB and straw strength will allow CPS Red to be grown in areas where CPS has not traditionally been grown.
AAC Foray VB
AAC Foray VB, a CPS Red, offers midge tolerance and very high yield. It was the No. 1 yielding CPS wheat after three years in the co-op trials. It has an intermediate rating to FHB which gives it a bit of protection; the refuge variety is AAC Penhold that gives it extra straw strength.
AAC Marchwell VB
AAC Marchwell VB is the first midget-tolerant durum. It has agronomics and quality similar to AC Strongfield but with the added benefit of midge tolerance. The refuge variety will be AAC Raymore that could provide some sawfly protection because of a solid stem.
AAC Chiffon Soft Wheat
New high-yielding, soft wheat (outyielding AC Andrew and AC Sadash on irrigation and dryland in Co-op Registration Trials). Medium-tall stature with good straw strength, good shattering resistance, and a high kernel weight. It is well adapted to soft wheat growing areas of the western Prairies. Available through SeedNet members and dealers.
Guttino Hybrid Rye
Extremely high yielding, winter hardy, fall hybrid rye variety that is widely adapted to Western Canada. It’s expected end use will be for baking and distilling, feed grain, conserved forage, grazing and potentially for ethanol and fibre production. Guttino had the highest falling number of all the lines in Co-op Trials.
*This company’s new varieties were accidentally omitted from the original article. Grainews regrets the error.
Brasetto and Bono
FP Genetics had a successful test market for its new hybrid rye product, Brasetto, in 2015.
FP Genetics reported that yields in the 80 to 90 bushel per acre range were quite common, and that yields across Canada were 20 to 30 per cent higher than conventional rye in a wide range of growing conditions.
Rod Merryweather of FP Genetics also says that Brasetto consistently delivered superior milling yield and higher falling numbers.
For 2015, demand for this hybrid rye exceeded supply. FP Genetic’s partners Paterson Global Foods, Scoular Grain and NAFI contracted all the available seed. FP Genetics expects significant growth in the future.
This year, FP Genetics is doing trials with a new rye hybrid, Bono. To date, PF Genetics reports that Bono yields 9.5 per cent higher than Brasetto, and expects that Bono “will make 100+ bushel yields with a cereal crop a common occurrence for our farm customers.”
FP Genetics has started research to determine the best agronomic practices for commercial hybrid rye growers.