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Apr 19

Snow packs and April forecast

Posted on Apr 19 By: Ralph Wright | Agrometerology Applications and Modelling Unit

Synopsis Across much of the north-half of the province, spring snow melt is delayed in the wake of several recent snowfalls and unseasonably cold temperatures. During the early morning hours of April 2nd, many stations across the north-half of the province saw temperatures dip below -25oC. Long range forecasts are predicting a gradual warming trend

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Apr 19

Sectional control technologies

Posted on Apr 19 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

Efficiency on farm is an important factor that affects your crop, your bottom line, and environmental impact. Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, along with other commissions, help lead a Canadian Agricultural Partnership funded research project looking to investigate sectional control. This article, FROM 8% to 1% OR LESS, written by Alberta Pulse Growers, discusses the goals

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Apr 19

Seed treatment impacts early season abiotic resistance

Posted on Apr 19 By: David Simbo, Research Program Manager | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

Canada recently ranked as the world’s third largest exporter and fifth largest producer of wheat. Despite this, recent research suggests that wheat production on the Canadian Prairies has yet to reach full yield potential. In western Canada, the frost-free period has increased over time, increasing the length of the growing season. Increased growing season length

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Apr 19

Is your drill out yet? Ultra-early seeding proves successful in Western Canada

Posted on Apr 19 By: Graham Collier, PhD Student | University of Alberta

You’ve probably sat in an agronomy meeting and heard that early seeding is a good thing; you can capture more spring moisture, get the crop out of the ground and ahead of weeds, get early crop canopy closure and more. But how early is too early? Many research papers have established that the early seeding

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Apr 19

Applied Research Associations bringing value to wheat and barley growers

Posted on Apr 19 By: Alan Hall, Executive Director | Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta

Applied Research Associations will have a busy summer with wheat and barley projects. These associations are led by farmer directed boards, so focusing on applied research projects that are valuable to growers is a slam dunk! These associations are located throughout Alberta from Fort Vermilion in the north, to Lethbridge in the south, and from

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Apr 19

Wireworms – we’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg

Posted on Apr 19 By: Neil Whatley, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

As damage to field crops is poised to escalate, consider proactively finding a wireworm control solution for your area by submitting samples to a member of Canada’s wireworm research team. Lindane (e.g. Vitavax Dual, etc.) insecticide applied for several decades to crops on the Canadian Prairies kept wireworm numbers low. Since the ban of this

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Apr 19

Fusarium Head Blight of barley and wheat

Posted on Apr 19 By: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) has been a challenge on the Prairies for 100 years. However, to prevelance and geography of the disease across Western Canada continues to change and grow. In recent years, Alberta has witnessed year-by-year fluctuations of FHB’s impact with a trend of increasing distribution. For this reason, research on this disease continues to

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Apr 19

Introduction to April 2020

Posted on Apr 19 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

The show must go on! With the comfort of familiarity still months away from today, the gear-up and prep for spring seeding is well underway. The chaotic challenges presented on every news outlet do not snuff out the fact that seeding must, and will, still occur. With this, a thank you is without question to

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Apr 19

A step-by-step guide to growing malt barley

Posted on Apr 19 By: David Simbo, Research Program Manager | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

What should I consider when growing malt barley? Which malt barley varieties should I grow? To answer some of the questions producers may have about the malt barley production, the following guide includes basic information and links to further sources. Variety selection The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has recommended some two-row and six-row

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Apr 19

Farmers’ input needed! Complete the Blue Book survey

Posted on Apr 19 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Agronomy Research Extension Specialist | Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

Some of you may have seen a recently released survey regarding the Blue Book (our provincially developed Crop Protection Guide). As a tool that is utilized by agronomists, producers, and many others in the industry, it is important for those managing updates and development of the book to be aware of the value it has

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