Hot spots of midge pressure are forecasted across Saskatchewan and Alberta again in 2015. In Saskatchewan, the area at highest risk of damaging infestations starts in the southeast and extends north into the east central region. Pockets of moderate to high risk were also identified around Prince Albert and south of Moose Jaw. 


In Alberta, the central part of the province shows a general increase in wheat midge risk with several areas of particular concern east of Edmonton. The eastern Peace Region, which suffered extreme midge infestation in 2013, is not expected to be at high risk for 2015. Caution must be taken, however, due to the potential for residual populations. 


For more detailed forecasting, check out:


Saskatchewan Wheat Midge Forecast Map

Alberta Wheat Midge Forecast Map



You've got a lot to think about during this busy season. Here is a Stewardship Check List to ensure you've followed the necessary steps as it relates to selling Midge Tolerant Wheat.






By now you may have seen the new Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship infographic. It appeared in the Wheat Midge Forecast Map insert in the Western Producer, which is sponsored by Alliance Seed Corporation.


Infographics are a fast, effective way to convey many facts. This infographic celebrates Midge Tolerant Wheat's five-year milestone, praises producers for their stewardship commitment, raises awareness of Midge Tolerant Wheat benefits, and reminds everyone of their obligation to protect the technology.


You can download your own copy of the infographic here. We also separated the infographic into seven individual graphics for use in Twitter posts and other communications. You can access the jpg files on this page.



Are there any provisions to reseed Midge Tolerant Wheat varieties? I bought Certified seed, grew it out, reseeded it the following year, and as I understand, that's as far as I can use it. But can I test it for the proper amount of refuge variety (i.e. 10%) and use it for seed if it's within spec?




No, it is necessary to limit the use of farm-saved seed to one generation past Certified seed. This stewardship practice is essential to prevent a build up of virulent midge, and could extend the life of midge tolerance to 90 years or longer. Farm-saved seed for more than one year has too many uncontrollable variables for accurate results.



Do you have a question about Midge Tolerant Wheat?
Send it to: info@midgetolerantwheat.ca



Spring is finally here and a busy seeding season will soon be upon us. Midge Tolerant Wheat is likely part of the cropping plan for many of your customers. We hope this information supports you in your efforts to protect this important technology.


Please forward this newsletter to your midge tolerant wheat customers.

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This message is from the Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Team - a broad industry coalition representing plant breeders, government, seed growers, seed distributors and producer groups. The team is committed to maintain the viability of midge tolerant wheat by educating Canadian wheat producers on the importance of proper stewardship of the technology.
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