The Saskatchewan Winter Cereals Development Commission and the SaskWheat will amalgamate under the name Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission.

Five years of drought in the Southwest and dry conditions in other areas have resulted in reduced winter cereal acreage and in turn reduced producer levies.

Those producer levies are used to support research and development projects.

Winter Cereals Chair Brad White says the decision to amalgamate came after extensive review and consultation with growers.

The target date for the amalgamation is August 1, 2023.