My FIL was a farmer in the Sandhills around Leader Sask. He then bought grain for Pioneer. He told me the elevators cleaned the Ergot out and sold it to the Phamaceutical companies for a huge profit.Hey Nuck.
Weve grown it for a few years and its been real good for us here north of fort saskatchewan area. Never had to spray it with a wild oat component ( 20$/ ac in savings). On our poorest land ( think 30 bushel wheat in a good year) it did 70 bpa and some of our better stuff did well over 140. It is incredibly winter hardy and survived one winter where none of our 400 ac of winter wheat did. It is far and away the highest yielding crop we can grow here .
The issues with it are.
Fall timing seeding/ combining
Preburn with prepass required for spring weeds
Ergot. Yuck. Ergot loves it... and then you have to either have it cleaned or the ryesters out of calgary will clean it at strathmore ( which is way better as you arent left with a bin full of hallucinogenic poison seeds)
Thr only other issue is that it should be sprayed out if it has any regrowth in fall after harvest in order to kill the plant completely rather than leave it for the winter to kill it ( it may not) and then you need 20 ish days before u can comfortably seed a crop into it due to its allelopathic property.
Nothing like combining august 15th when everything else around here is weekd away from a swather!