GUELPH, ON (August 30, 2011) – Ontario Winter Wheat Performance Trial information is now available online at www.GoCereals.ca, a website developed by the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) that features the 2011 Winter Wheat Performance trials.
This year 33 varieties were entered in the performance trials, from 10 different distributors. The trials include winter wheat varieties from all four classes searchable both geographically and by production traits. The complete report containing full performance trial data laid out in chart format can be downloaded and printed from the website.
“The trials conducted across Ontario act as a vital resource for Ontario farmers when selecting wheat varieties for the upcoming crop year. In addition to yield, the trials report findings on test weight, protein level, Fusarium head blight, septoria and other diseases.” says Martin Harry, chair of OCCC.
To ensure this information is widely available in a timely manner, the performance trials will be presented through a webinar hosted by the OCCC and Grain Farmers of Ontario on September 1 at 8:30 am. Grain Farmers of Ontario manager of research and market development, Crosby Devitt, will moderate the online seminar. Members of the Ontario Cereal Crop Committee will be on camera to provide comments about the growing season and to describe the performance trials and their results. These members include Martin Harry, OCCC Chair, Ellen Sparry, OCCC Winter Wheat Coordinator, and Peter Johnson, OMAFRA’s Provincial Cereal Specialist. Farmers and industry representatives can access the webinar live to view the discussion and send in their questions. To register for the webinar, send your name and email address to email@example.com. If you aren’t able to tune in live, the recorded webinar will be available after the event on www.gfo.ca and www.gocereals.ca.
For a printed copy of the final report please call the OMAFRA Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or call the Grain Farmers of Ontario office at 1-800-265-0550. Printed copies will also be available at upcoming Grain Farmers of Ontario events, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting, Outdoor Farm Show and the International Plowing Match.
The Ontario Cereal Crop Performance Trials are coordinated by the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) and its members include representatives of farmers, seed growers, seed industry, researchers and government.
Grain Farmers of Ontario
Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.