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Sep 10

Weed resistance at harvest and a comment on glyphosate

Posted on Sep 10 By: Dr. Breanne Tidemann, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

This time of year the focus is on getting the crop off the field before the snow flies. But it can also be great time to assess the efficacy of the weed management program that was used this year.  It’s worth making some observations and taking notes to help you develop your management program next

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Sep 10

Why am I seeing so much ergot and how can I avoid seeing it next year?

Posted on Sep 10 By: Jeremy Boychyn MSc P.Ag.

If you are in a region of the province that received ample moisture through spring and into flowering, you will likely notice an increased occurrence of ergot. Ergot infection generally does not affect yield. However, it will decrease your grade at the elevator and impact your price. An increase from 0.04% Ergot to 0.10% will

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Sep 10

September 3 crop report

Posted on Sep 10 By: Jeremy Boychyn MSc P.Ag.

Peace regionOverall crop rating: Approximately 68.4% of both wheat and barley crops are rated good to excellent. Above five and 10-year averages.Moisture rating: The majority of the region is rated good or excellent, with some areas that are still excessively wet.Crop Stage: No harvesting has started in the Peace region. Some crops are getting close to death or

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Sep 10

Intro to September 2019

Posted on Sep 10 By: Jeremy Boychyn, Msc P. Ag 

Harvest time at Pittman Farms. Milk River, AB. Photo Courtesy of Pittman Farms. Harvest is underway in the southern part of Alberta. South eastern parts of the province are pulling off less than desirable yields from yet another year of dry conditions. While that occurs, the major concern coming from the west-central, north, and peace

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Aug 14

Considerations for variable maturity conditions pre-harvest

Posted on Aug 14 By: Clair Langlois, Provincial Cereals Specialist

Heat waves and drought stress have once again occurred in Alberta this growing season. Some areas received very little rainfall until June or July.  This has brought on a flush of regrowth in the form of new tillers. These new tillers are making heads just a few inches from the soil surface (at the moment)

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Aug 14

Considerations for variable maturity conditions pre-harvest

Posted on Aug 14 By: Victoria Decker

Heat waves and drought stress have once again occurred in Alberta this growing season. Some areas received very little rainfall until June or July.  This has brought on a flush of regrowth in the form of new tillers. These new tillers are making heads just a few inches from the soil surface (at the moment)

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Aug 2

Crop report August 6, 2019

Posted on Aug 2 By: Leora Cohen

Peace region Overall crop rating: approximately 70% of both wheat and barley crops are rated good to excellent Moisture rating: the majority of the region is rated good or excellent, with some areas that are still excessively wet Crop stage: late flowering stage Disease and insect pressures: some grasshopper damage on canola has been reported

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Aug 2

Winter Wheat – what to consider for a successful crop

Posted on Aug 2 By: Clair Langlois, provincial cereals specialist

Winter wheat is one option to consider when planning a winter cereal field, but there are many factors to think about for a successful crop. “Winter wheat yields 15 to 20% higher than CWRS (spring wheat) and with the difference in its value – winter wheat averaging less per tonne – economically, it breaks out

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Aug 2

Nitrogen management and sources for winter wheat

Posted on Aug 2 By: Leora Cohen

Fertilizer application flexibility can allow producers to make better decisions about application timing, and may result in a more effective and efficient application. When soil moisture is adequate at the time of seeding, side band application of all nitrogen fertilizer can be considered, particularly in the Brown and Dark Brown soil zones where potential N losses

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Aug 2

Tools to increase winter wheat stand consistency

Posted on Aug 2 By: Jeremy Boychyn MSc P.Ag.

Farmers strive for a more stable and consistent crop yield year after year. To achieve this, farmers utilize various agronomic tactics. Seeding rates in spring wheat and barley are a significant focus and using seed with a plumper kernel is typically perceived as having more potential. In addition, higher seeding rate and dual seed treatment come highly

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