With all of the cold weather in April keeping a large portion of winter wheat producers out of the field for that initial herbicide/fungicide pass, it’s natural to start wondering if you missed the boat on some yield potential. As worrisome as that may be to the roughly 50% of Ontario farmers that weren’t able to get that first herbicide and fungicide pass in, the truth is that the cold weather may have forced producers into a more beneficial fungicide timing cycle. In the interest of saving time and money, most farmers tank mix herbicide and fungicide with a focus primarily on eliminating weeds at herbicide timing. Unfortunately, that strategy misses the optimal window for fungicide application. This year however, circumstance may have forced some producers out of that one pass strategy.
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In this episode of the Wheat School, OMAFRA’s Peter Johnson talks about the unintended benefits that Aprils cold weather may bring to farmers.
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