About Sask Wheat

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) is a producer-led organization established to build a platform for growth in the province's wheat industry. Check-off dollars administered by Sask Wheat will go toward research, market development and promotion initiatives that will lead to improved wheat varieties, grow their marketability and provide higher value to producers.

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  • 09
    September

    CGC Harvest Sample Program: Receive free grades for your grain!

    This is an opportunity to receive free, unofficial CGC grade and quality results that include protein content on cereal grains. Samples collected assist with the marketing of Canadian grain, evaluating grain grades and research projects that benefit farmers.

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  • 29
    July

    Grade School 2016 provides valuable information to producers

    Wheat producers from across Saskatchewan were able to learn about degrading factors, end-user requirements and how their wheat is graded at the Grade School meetings in Yorkton and Swift Current.

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  • 12
    July

    Italian, Canadian, Israeli, German and U.S. scientists work together to reveal the genetic secrets of durum wheat for better pasta

    The international collaborative research network announce the assembly of the durum wheat genome, the source of semolina, the key ingredient of pasta.

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  • Latest Research

    Enhancing wheat midge resistance in spring and durum wheat

    In Western Canada, orange wheat blossom midge is one of the most damaging wheat pests, causing approximately $60 million in annual losses. Most of these losses occur in Saskatchewan, although significant damage from the pest also occurs in Manitoba and Alberta.

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  • Latest Research

    Filling Gaps in Wheat Cultivar Development with Translational Research

    Wheat accounts for a staggering 20% of all calories consumed throughout the world. As global population grows, so too does its dependence on wheat. Canada is a major exporter of wheat with more than $4.5 billion in annual sales

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  • Latest Research

    Effects of vertical tillage on soil structure and crop yields in southern Saskatchewan

    Vertical tillage has become common in Southern Saskatchewan because of producer concerns about wet soils in the spring and high amounts of crop residues to manage. However, there is a lack of information available on the effects of vertical tillage in soils with contrasting soil water conditions, and there is no information available on the vertical tillage effects in southern Saskatchewan.

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  • Latest Research

    Precision subsoiling of fields to improve soil physical conditions, plant growth and economic return

    This research aims to address questions around the effectiveness of tillage to address soil compaction and other physical limitations that may be present in Saskatchewan soils, especially under the wet conditions experienced in recent years.

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  • Latest Research

    Development of a highly sensitive, specific and rapid detection system for stripe rust spores in the field

    This research aims to develop a detection system that is based on presence and quantity of the spores rather than on presence of symptoms, so that producers may implement control measures earlier.

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  • Latest Research

    Can enhanced efficiency N fertilizers mitigate against N losses in single-pass seeding operations?

    This research will address significant gaps in the development of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to limit losses of nitrogen from both irrigated and dryland (rainfed) cropping systems in Saskatchewan, thus protecting both the environment and the economic investment of Saskatchewan producers.

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  • Latest Research

    Crop sequencing of large acreage crops and special crops

    This study will evaluate the benefits of crop sequences for major and special crops across a wide range of environments, as Saskatchewan is home to a variety of environmental conditions due to diverse temperatures, precipitation levels and water loss, with semiarid conditions in the south-west and sub-humid conditions in the northeast.

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  • Latest Research

    Aster yellow disease in spring wheat – a benchmark characterization and cultivar assessment

    This project aims to address these gaps, by studying the expression of AY symptom in wheat using bioassays and leafhopper colonies recently developed to study the disease in canola. As well, several rapid molecular techniques were developed and are now routinely used to detect and identify AY strains in plant and insects.

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  • Latest Research

    Development of fully cleistogamous wheat and associated markers

    This research aims to develop genotypes that could contribute to increased FHB resistance and possibly increased ergot resistance, by developing fully cleistogamous wheat and associated markers (cleistogamous refers to traits of certain plants to propagate by using non-opening, self-pollinating flowers).

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  • Latest Research

    Augmenting the plant metagenome to improve crop yield and stress resilience

    The goal of this Plant Microbiome (PLM) research project is to develop breakthrough microbial products to address the significant need for improved yield, water use efficiency, and heat-stress tolerance in major Canadian and global crops.

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  • Latest Research

    Influence of genotype, weather and the growing environment

    The research will investigate the nature of CWRS wheat gluten strength variation in milling grade samples in relation to genotype...

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    Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group

    The Saskatchewan Variety Performance Group is an informal group made up of stakeholders interested in variety performance testing in Saskatchewan.

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