Since 2010, producers in Western Canada have been growing Midge Tolerant Wheat to defend against orange wheat blossom midge, which can significantly reduce crop yield and grade. The varieties were first developed by wheat breeders at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Crop Development Centre (CDC) with the support of funding from producers through the WGRF check-off program.
WGRF serves as Co-chair of the Midge Tolerant Stewardship Team, a broad industry coalition representing plant breeders, government, seed growers, seed distributors and producer groups. The team is committed to maintaining the viability of Midge Tolerant Wheat by educating Canadian wheat producers on the importance of proper stewardship of the technology.
WGRF also co-manages the Wheat Midge Communications program. Since 2012, we have contributed up to $100,000 annually for communicating the importance of stewardship of midge tolerant technology.
For more information on Midge Tolerant Wheat, please visit midgetolerantwheat.ca