OMAFRA REPORT: Winter wheat performance data impacted by wet weather

A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941.  Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm.  For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website:


Due to the wet fall and spring and impact of winter or spring kill across the province this year, the Ontario Cereal Crop Committee (OCCC) winter wheat performance trial data will not be available for the 2019 season, with the exception of Area V (Emo and New Liskeard). As a result, the OCCC will not be publishing a 2019 Winter Cereals Performance Trial Report. Area V data will be posted to as soon as it is available. Growers are advised to use information in the 2018 Winter Cereals Performance Report when making variety selection decisions for planting in the fall of 2019.

When considering decisions, it is best to use multi-year data. Select varieties that perform well in your area across a number of sites and years.

Many factors should be considered when choosing a variety, including: the farm location, winter survival, insect and disease resistance, lodging potential and yield.

All performance data can be found at


For list of all Ontario fairs, please visit the Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) website –

Aug. 22 to 25  Woodstock Fair – 875 Nellis St, Woodstock. For more information visit or phone 519-537-8212.

Aug. 23 to 25  Markdale Fall Fair – 75 Walker St, Markdale. For more information visit or phone 519-986-3036.

Aug. 23 to 25  Teeswater Fair – 64 Gordon St E, Teeswater. For more information visit or phone 519-357-7860.

Aug. 23 to 24  Grand River Fair and Exhibition – 7445 Wellington County Rd 21, Centre Wellington. For more information visit or phone 519-846-8879.

Aug. 23 to 25 – Palmerston Fair – 520 Cavan St, Palmerston. For more information visit or phone 519-343-3427.

Aug. 29 to Sept. 2  Paris Fair – 139 Silver St, Paris. For more information visit or phone 519-442-2823.

Aug. 30 to 31  Desboro Agricultural Society – 136205 Grey County Rd 40, Chatsworth. For more information visit or phone 519-794-3586.

Aug. 30 to Sept.1  Durham Fair – 451 Saddler St W, Durham. For more information visit or phone 519-378-6562.