The 2012 wheat crop looks quite good overall but tests so far have flagged some early problems in the crop: wheat midge damage, albeit at very low levels, is being found in samples from many areas of Manitoba not used to seeing the pest. Light bushel weights, a result of low moisture and high heat this summer, are causing some downgrading, as is ergot and fusarium damaged kernels (but more on those next time).
In this episode of Under the Microscope, Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs, discusses the overall trends of the 2012 wheat crop, and what the main downgrading grain quality factors have been so far. She also talks about the extremely high protein levels coming in. Click here to find out more about the market for high protein wheat.
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