Breeding Improved Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) Cultivars
Lead Researcher: Dr. Richard Cuthbert (AAFC – Swift Current)
Summary: This project will provide CPSR with an advantage over CWRS in certain markets and will enable Canada to compete directly with the Australian medium quality wheat market classes, US Hard Red winter, Argentinian market classes and wheat from Black Sea origins. This activity will respond to the growing potential of niche markets for CPS red, and will pursue desirable protein quality, good milling, and end use processing quality. The development of cultivars in CPSR will also focus on mitigating the threats from wheat midge, leaf rust, stem rust, yellow rust, common bunt, leaf spots, fusarium head blight, and pre-harvest sprouting.