Work is underway on developing new hardier winter wheat varieties.
The Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission is Jake Davidson.
He talks about the importance of the cold hardiness research that is being done thru Lethbridge and the University of Saskatchewan’s Plant Science Department:
Davidson said, "With Winter Wheat the trick is, of course, is to get seeded in August or September and grows up five to six inches and then it has to, what we call, Vernalize. It goes through the chemical process within itself and goes to
sleep and depending on its depth it's ability to Vernalize is how much cold it can take in the winter Before it dies."
This year Saskatchewan producers seeded about 260 thousand acres of winter wheat that’s up about 30 thousand acres from last year.