Wheat School: Fall Weed Control in Winter Wheat – Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Is fall a good time to look at weed control in your winter wheat? Pre-plant weed control is an option that most farmers don’t exercise. The reason has a lot to do with the business of the season. Harvest is in full swing depending what you’re growing and farmers have to balance that with trying to get winter wheat in the ground.  The interesting thing is that both farmers in the west and east both tend to avoid a burn off before seeding winter wheat.  In Eastern Canada winter wheat follows soybeans and in the west , wheat follows canola.  Because both soybeans and wheat are herbicide tolerant crops, farmers tend to think fall weed control is unnecessary.

So what are the benefits of pre plant weed control? What are the advantages?

I took that question to Weed Management Specialist Mike Cowbrough of OMAFRA.  Mike is from Ontario but the content of this video is very applicable to Western Canadian growers too.

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Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4:30 PM est. @shaunhaney

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