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Jun 5

Can I roll my wheat or barley during emergence?

Posted on Jun 5 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Research Agronomy Extension Specialist

No! Don’t roll your wheat or barley while it is in the process of emergence. Cereal plants utilize a special leaf called a coleoptile. The coleoptile emerges from the cereal seed and drives its way upward pushing through the soil until it has emerged. It is specially designed to do this and withstand the pressure

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Jun 4

Wireworm reduced my stand even though I seed treated. What can I do?

Posted on Jun 4 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Research Agronomy Extension Specialist

We are far enough into the season that impacts of wireworms are present and visible. I recently had a couple conversations about wireworm impacts on fields that have been seed treated to suppress wireworm. These wireworm seed treatments work through ingestion by the wireworm. This means that the wireworm must feed on the seedling before

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Jun 4

Crop Report – June 5, 2019

Posted on Jun 4 By: Leora Cohen | Research Intern

Moisture in the South region is rated fair and good thanks to some much-needed rain that fell over the past week. The Central and North Central regions had less rain, though are still rated mostly fair to good, with the least amount of moisture on the eastern side of Alberta. The Peace region received the least amount of

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Jun 4

Five things you can do to increase sprayer efficiency

Posted on Jun 4 By: Tom Wolf | | Agrimetrix Research & Training

We all know that good agronomy is all about timing. From seeding to pest management to harvest, getting a job done at the right time is necessary to preserve yield and crop quality. Looking at it another way, good agronomy is as much being prepared to do something as it is knowing what needs to

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Apr 30

Team Alberta welcomes new Minister of Agriculture and Forestry and looks forward to working together on farmers’ top priorities

Posted on Apr 30 By: Erin Tateson, Marketing Communications Coordinator

Today, Team Alberta welcomes the province’s new Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Devin Dreeshen. Team Alberta looks forward to working with Minister Dreeshen and fellow members of cabinet on advancing Alberta’s $6 billion crop sector. Minster Dreeshen is the Member-elect for the Innisfail – Sylvan Lake riding. Minister Dreeshen was raised in central Alberta on

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Apr 24

Malting barley varieties for feed end-use?

Posted on Apr 24 By: David Simbo, Research Program Manager

Feed barley varieties have been known to have higher yields compared to malt barley varieties. Barley growers in Alberta, which produces about 50 per cent the barley grown in Canada, seed more malt barley varieties compared to feed because malt barley in most years will sell for a premium. However, malt barley which does not

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Apr 24

A fiscal look at seeding rate and germ for cereals

Posted on Apr 24 By: Alberta Barley

We all want to produce a crop that has 100 per cent of its full yield potential right from the start. Getting the seed into the ground at the proper seeding rate is just one way to ensure this happens. An estimation of germination set at 90 per cent is usually “good enough” for the

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Apr 24

Mortality assessment

Posted on Apr 24 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist

Plenty of focus is put on 1000 kernel weights (TKW) seeding rates. Understanding your germination per cent and seedling vigor gives you an idea of how many viable seeds being seeded. However, when seeding based on TKW, per cent survival is unknown and final plant stand is therefore unknown due to factors such as soil

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Apr 24

Phosphorus planning

Posted on Apr 24 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist

Phosphorus (P2O5) is a different beast compared to nitrogen and because of that, it should be managed differently. Long term is the key phrase for phosphorus planning. Too many times have I seen phosphorus plans that extend only one season long. A more balanced approach would be to plan three to four years (or greater)

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Apr 24

Advanced agronomics for barley production

Posted on Apr 24 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist

Higher market value for feed barley headed into the 2019 season has sparked discussion on whether we will see an increase of barley acres seeded in Alberta. Along with increased acres will come a desire to push yields with advanced agronomics such as higher seeding rates, in-crop nitrogen and multiple fungicide applications. But will these

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