2014 STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENTS
The 2014 Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Agreement forms are now available online.
This Agreement must be signed by every farmer customer who purchases midge tolerant wheat. It is the key document in the stewardship process - to ensure farmer customers commit to the stewardship plan. Here are your requirements for signed Agreements:
- If you sell one customer two different midge tolerant wheat varieties in the same season - you only need to have the customer sign one Agreement. It covers all varieties for that year because they were purchased from the same retailer (you).
- If the customer buys one or more varieties from two different retailers - the customer must sign a new Agreement with each retailer. This allows the database to be populated by each retailer with the customer's information.
- You sold to a customer this year and he purchases again next year - a new Agreement will have to be signed next year.
MIDGE FORECAST FOR 2014
Hot spots of midge pressure are forecasted across Saskatchewan and Alberta in 2014. Fields in eastern Saskatchewan and in the eastern Peace Region of Alberta are expected to be the most vulnerable to damaging midge populations.
Very few parts of the Canadian Prairies and northern Great Plains will escape some level of midge damage if conditions are favourable (warm temperatures and average rainfall), especially where previous year's fields had signs of the insect.
For more detailed forecasting, check out:
Saskatchewan Wheat Midge Forecast Map
Alberta Wheat Midge Forecast Map
NEW AD CAMPAIGN
The Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Team launched a new advertising campaign to communicate the importance of protecting midge tolerant wheat technology.
The ads remind growers about the Stewardship Agreement, which limits the use of farm-saved seed to one generation past Certified seed. It's a vital step that ensures the interspersed refuge system is kept at the proper level, preventing the build-up of resistant midge. Without the refuge we lose the one and only tolerant gene. There is no Plan B.
Print ads ran in Western Producer, Crop Production Show Guide, CAAR Communicator and provincial seed guides. Digital advertising appeared in the RealAgriculture.com E-newsletter and on websites affiliated with AgCanada.com. The campaign kicked off in November 2013 and ran until the end of February 2014.