Developing Canadian Western Red Spring Wheat Varieties for Northern Areas
Lead Researcher: Dr. Santosh Kumar (AAFC - Brandon)
Summary: This project seeks to develop Canadian Western Red Spring wheat varieties targeting the Parkland region, from north-eastern British Columbia to northern Manitoba. The project is targeting cultivars with an improved agronomic package, reduced height and stronger straw strength, maintenance of early maturity, and increasing yield. They are also seeking to maintain or improve resistance to leaf rust, stem rust, stripe rust, common bunt, and fusarium head blight, and to achieve Sm1-based orange wheat blossom midge resistance. End use quality priorities are to meet the current CWRS gluten strength requirements and to provide good grade-retention to growers.