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Jan 11

Agronomy Research Specialist

Posted on Jan 11 By: Emily Johnson

The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley, based in Calgary, are seeking a full-time Agronomy Research Specialist, with the option of remote operations, depending on the candidate. This position is shared by the two commissions.    Reporting to the Director of Research and Agronomy and working closely with Communications, Research and Extension, the Agronomy Research Specialist

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Dec 17

Plot2Farm Pilot Year Results

Posted on Dec 17 By: Jeremy Boychyn

This year, the commissions’ agronomy portfolio expanded by adding an on-farm research program, designed specifically for farmers, called Plot2Farm. Plot2Farm is an easy-to-use program that enables Alberta farmers to implement on-farm research trials based on research and crop management strategies of their interest. With the help of an agronomist, farmers can test an agronomic management

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Dec 16

The new Blue Book website is live with an advanced ordering system for spring shipping

Posted on Dec 16 By: Jeremy Boychyn

Last week, Alberta Barley, Alberta Canola, Alberta Pulse Growers and the Alberta Wheat Commission announced the launch of albertabluebook.com, the new website for Alberta’s Crop Protection Guide. The new website has the enhanced feature of an advanced pre-order system for the 2021 Blue Book with shipping in March. Place your order today for the 2021 Blue Book, and receive it in March! Lastly, subscribe

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Dec 15

Warm winter weather and the impacts to winter wheat stands

Posted on Dec 15 By: Jeremy Boychyn

The beginning of winter 2020-21 has been warmer than normal. Recent weeks have seen some areas of Alberta reaching temperatures greater than 10°C for multiple days in a row. How does this impact winter survivability of winter wheat? Will the wheat break dormancy and die off? Will pooling water from snow melt drown the plants

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Dec 15

Introduction – December 2020

Posted on Dec 15 By: Jeremy Boychyn

Another growing season has wrapped-up, and another year soon ends. In this final 2020 edition of The Growing Point newsletter, we cover a number of topics including a new wireworm control product, concerns around warm weather and winter wheat survival, managing fusarium infected seed, bacterial diseases, plus a podcast with Laurel Thompson of Lakeland College

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Dec 10

Alberta Barley announces new executive following AGM

Posted on Dec 10 By: Erin Tateson, Interim Communications Manager

Following Alberta Barley’s online Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday, the commission is pleased to announce its new executive which includes the new chair Tara Sawyer and Wade McAllister who returns as vice-chair. Sawyer, who farms in the Acme area, will be serving her second year as a director-at-large on the Alberta Barley board of directors.

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Dec 9

Plot2Farm 2020 results

Posted on Dec 9 By: JEREMY BOYCHYN | MSC P.AG | AGRONOMY RESEARCH EXTENSION SPECIALIST

The first season of the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions’ Plot2Farm program is complete. The program aims to bring small plot research protocols to producer’s farms, with the goal of better understanding how management changes impact farms. The program is headed in to its second year and actively recruiting participants. Take a peek at the

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Dec 9

I had a seed fungi test done: will Aspergillis spp. and Penicillium spp. results affect germination?

Posted on Dec 9 By: JEREMY BOYCHYN | MSC P.AG | AGRONOMY RESEARCH EXTENSION SPECIALIST

When you receive a fungal screen seed test report, you will see Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp. results among other fungi. Both Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp. are storage molds that can lead to mycotoxin development if grain is stored damp. In a scenario where seed is stored in a warm and damp condition, Aspergillus

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Dec 9

Seed testing and results management with Dr. K Turkington (AAFC) and Carey Matthiessen (2020 Seedlabs)

Posted on Dec 9 By: JEREMY BOYCHYN | MSC P.AG | AGRONOMY RESEARCH EXTENSION SPECIALIST

This episode of The Growing Point podcast includes a conversation with Carey and Kelly regarding how seed testing occurs and what that means for managing that seed lot and your crop. Germination rates, vigour, disease and more can all affect your crop establishment and in-crop concerns. We go into detail about how these tests are conducted,

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