Plant Breeding and the Value Contributed to Cereal Grain and Oilseed Production in Western Canada

  • Daryl F. Kraft
Part of the Stadler Genetics Symposia Series book series (SGSS)


Cereal grains and oilseeds account for two thirds of the value of agricultural production in the Prairie Provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Between 1978 and 1988 the value of these crops ranged from $4 billion to $8 billion. The extreme variation in the annual crop value is primarily related to; droughts in 1980, 1984 and 1988; record production levels in 1981, 1982 and 1986; record high prices in 1980 and 1981 and twenty year low prices in 1986 and 1987. Underlying the economic and weather shocks has been a steady upward trend in crop yields. Nevertheless bio-technology has had a significant influence upon the financial affairs of 100,000 farmers in western Canada.


Spring Wheat Erucic Acid Production Index Wheat Production Supply Function 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daryl F. Kraft
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  1. 1.Agricultural Economics and Farm ManagementUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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