TOP TEN REASONS TO GROW WINTER WHEAT IN WESTERN CANADA

1 Good fit with conservation farming systems.
2 More efficient water utilization than spring seeded crops.
3 Avoids wheat midge damage due to early heading – no need for insecticides.
4 Good weed competitor so wild oat herbicide not usually required – saves up to $15.00 per acre in input costs.
5 No spraying for wild oat reduces selection pressure for herbicide resistance.
6 Reduced risk of Fusarium head blight due to early development and maturity.
7 Avoids seeding problems on late, wet springs. Earlier harvest than spring wheat.
8 Lower energy requirements due to reduced tillage and pesticide use.
9 Less disturbance to wildlife, especially waterfowl and upland game birds.
10 High yield potential and reduced pesticide costs mean greater potential for increased returns per acre.