By Mitchell Japp, MSc, PAg, Provincial Specialist, Cereal Crops, Regina
Durum has been grown in Saskatchewan for a long time. Statistics Canada first reported production data in 1941. Despite that long history of production, there can still be challenges. In 2016, fusarium head blight downgraded durum throughout the province. To address some of the production challenges, Barilla asked Dr. Ron DePauw to lead the development of a durum production manual.
Dr. DePauw recently retired as a Senior Wheat Breeder at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada station in Swift Current and is currently science advisor to SeCan. Dr. DePauw assembled a team of scientists and experts in Western Canada to write chapters specific to their expertise. Topics range from variety selection, to storage and seed treatments, to weed management. As a result, the guide – “Sustainable Production of Durum Wheat in Canada” – is a compilation of the most up-to-date recommendations available from leading experts in the field.
“Sustainable Production of Durum Wheat in Canada” is quite in-depth, and even veteran durum farmers will gain knowledge from it. The guide is available in hard copy and online. Dr. DePauw is also currently working on a condensed version of the guide. To receive a copy, visit a regional office or watch for it at winter meetings.