Canadian National Wheat Cluster

2018-2023 Cluster Performance Stories


Improving Yield, Yield Stability, and Grade Protection in Western Canadian Spring and Durum Wheat Cultivars – An Integrated Approach

In wheat breeding, there are three pillars, says Pierre Hucl, wheat breeder with the Crop Development Centre (CDC), University of Saskatchewan. He and his colleagues are developing spring and durum wheat varieties for Western Canada with targets in each of these pillars: improved yield good disease resistance package end-use quality characteristics requested by export and …


Development of Improved Winter Wheat Cultivars for Western Canada

Robert Graf, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research and Development Centre, is developing improved Canada Western Red Winter (CWRW) wheat varieties for Western Canada. Winter wheat acreage is relatively small, he says, so before he proposes a new variety for registration he wants to be sure it will really make an …


Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) Western Prairies for Drought and Heat Stress

Wheat producers face a variety of challenges that impact yield, grade, and farm operations. Richard Cuthbert, a wheat breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Swift Current Research Development Centre, says new wheat varieties can provide solutions to many of those challenges. He’s trying to develop field-ready varieties of Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat for …


A Pre-Breeding Platform for Canadian Wheat Improvement

Pre-breeding happens upstream of breeding, explains Sylvie Cloutier, a research scientist (genetics), with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa Research Development Centre. It involves identifying useful genes in species other than cultivated wheat and transferring them into cultivated wheat. Geneticists generally do pre-breeding work because breeders don’t have the time or resources. Cloutier says geneticists are …


Breeding Improved Canada Western Amber Durum Cultivars

Canada is the largest durum wheat exporter in the world. Canada Western Amber Durum (CWAD) is the gold standard for quality, which makes Canada a preferred supplier of durum wheat in high-quality markets. To maintain this advantage in the international market and to increase farm income from durum, wheat breeders are developing varieties with higher …