Manitoba producers have voted against establishing a 50 cent per tonne check-off on winter wheat, fall rye, and winter triticale.

The petition for the levy was brought forward to the province by Winter Cereals Canada.

Executive Director Jake Davidson says 48% of respondents were in favour.

A 60% approval rate is needed for the check-off to be implemented.

Davidson adds the split between supporters of the levy and those opposed was quite evident with many ballots marked no including letters outlining concerns about yet another check-off being established.

He feels it's a lack of understanding about what the money would be used for that led many growers to vote against the proposal.

The result will be discussed at the organization's annual meeting in March.

At that time it will be decided whether to try again.