The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) announces an investment of $970,000 over five years in 13 wheat-related research projects, focusing on agronomic and genetic improvements. Projects are taking place at research stations across Western Canada and target on-farm challenges and improved profitability and productivity for farmers.

“Investing in research is one of our key priorities as it ensures farmers have consistent access to new and better varieties as well as advanced agronomic knowledge,” said Kent Erickson, Chairman, Alberta Wheat Commission. “Access to innovation is integral in building the Canadian wheat brand and maintaining our competitive edge in the international marketplace.”

Projects include topics such as the effectiveness and appropriate timing of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs), Fusarium Head Blight resistance in spring wheat, development of Soft White Spring (SWS) and General Purpose (GP) Spring wheat with higher yield potential, influence of Genotype, weather and the growing environment and crop management on gluten strength and the sustainability of CWRS as a premium wheat class, fighting rust fungal crop threats through integrated genomics research, and a province wide survey to assess the extent ofFusarium graminearum infestation, among others.

Six of the projects have been funded by the Agriculture Funding Consortium. Seven more projects were funded independently based on alignment with AWC research priorities.

More information can be found on the Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) website.

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