First Resistant-to-Fusarium Wheat Variety Available for Farmers This Fall


Farmers interested in growing winter wheat now have access to the first-ever winter wheat variety with an R rating to fusarium head blight.

CANTERRA SEEDS announced today the official launch of AC Emerson winter wheat, with certified seed available to growers for fall planting in 2014.

AC Emerson winter wheat was developed by Dr. Rob Graf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Lethbridge, Alta.. CANTERRA SEEDS holds the exclusive marketing rights for the variety, and has been managing seed production and distribution since 2011.

With the wet and humid conditions, FHB risk could be very high this season. Earlier in the month, FHB risk forecasts from Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development rated the entire province as an ‘Extreme’ risk area.  “The R rating to FHB is a huge achievement in plant breeding, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for growers,” said Brent Derkatch, director of operations and business development for CANTERRA SEEDS.

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MCVET data shows AC Emerson yielded 1 bu/ac higher than CDC Falcon, and has 1.3% higher protein on average. The medium maturity variety also has an R rating to stripe and stem rust, and strong straw. Seed growers who have been multiplying the variety noted AC Emerson showed improved winter hardiness over CDC Falcon and Flourish this past winter.

Growers looking for more information can visit for a full listing of the closest seed sources.

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