MIDGE TOLERANT WHEAT INVESTMENT PAYS OFF
 
Midge Tolerant Wheat is an innovation with a great return on investment. This finding comes from a cost-benefit analysis report prepared for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). According to program evaluation experts, Ference and Company, the net benefits of the Midge Tolerant Wheat innovation is approximately $456 million. 

AAFC's Innovation Programs Directorate hired the Vancouver-based consultants to measure the return on investment of the technology. The study puts the development cost of the innovation at $16.3 million, which includes ongoing investment over the next three years.

Ference notes that the net benefits (1997 net present value) of approximately $ 456  million, result in a benefit cost-ratio of about 37:1. When this cost-benefit analysis is factored in with the other advantages the technology provides, such as eliminating the need for spraying, midge tolerant wheat is truly an innovation that pays.

Click here to read the complete report by Ference & Company Consulting Ltd.
NEED CEU CREDITS?

Now you can earn CEU credits while protecting Midge Tolerant Wheat technology. The Midge Tolerant Wheat online training program is a great continuing education opportunity.

The shor t, self-guided course is approved for CEU credits by Certified Crop Advisors as well as the Ma nitoba and Alberta Institutes of Agrologists. Note: The Saskatchewan Institute of Agro logists does not pre-approve Continuing Professional Development.

Get start ed at  midgetolerantwheat.ca .
STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT REMINDERS

2017 Stewardship Agreements are now available online. All customers - including wholesale transactions - need new Stewardship Agreements and Retailer Agreements signed each season.  
 
Ask your customers to si g n the Agreement at the timthe seed is sold - it is much easier than  trying to hunt them down for a signature later. This is a  good time to remind customers about the importance of following through on what they have agreed to do, which is limiting the use of farm-saved seed to one generation past Certified seed. This keeps the refuge at the necessary level and protects the life of the technology.

For the most part, Midge Tolerant Wheat growers remain very supportive of the technology and have a good understanding of the stewardship requirements. Please do yo ur part to ensure  that Midge Tolerant Wheat stewardship is respected. Here is a stewardship checklist for your reference.
QUESTION FROM A MIDGE TOLERANT WHEAT GROWER:
I noticed midge damage in my sample at harvest. Is my Midge Tolerant Wheat variety not doing its job?
 
ANSWER: Seeing midge d am age at harvest is normal. Midge must feed on the kernel in order to trigger the response and turn them off feeding. Remember, it is midge tolerance, not midge resistance. In the case of  a Midge Tolerant Variety, sometimes you will see some damage in the sample, but because you are retaining more of those kernels, you have more grain. This is in contrast to kernels that are fed on completely and blown out the back of the combine.
 
Do you have a question about Midge Tolerant Wheat?
 

DECEMBER 2016
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 
 
Season's greetings from the Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Team!

As 2016 draws to a close, we're bringing you  news and resources to support you in your continued efforts to protect this important technology for 2017 and beyond.
 
Wishing you a safe and joyous holiday season!
 



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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