RealAg LIVE! with Jeremy Boychyn on early season success of cereal crops


There’s no better time to plan for success than just ahead of the spring season. Now is the time to make the final decisions on seed lots, seeding rates, seed treatments and more.

Of course once that’s all said and done, there’s still plenty to do in-season says Jeremy Boychyn, agronomy research extension specialist for the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, on this RealAg LIVE! Q&A. Watch host Kara Oosterhuis and Boychyn discuss early season stand assessment, weed control, and diseases to watch for in #plant21, too.

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  • Seeding will be here before you know it!
  • Some decisions happening between crop type, and then variety
  • And yes, getting the crop off on the right foot — test that seed! Plan your seeding rate! Germ, vigour, 1,000 kernel wheat, treatments, et al
  • Early seeding considerations
  • Meeting yield goals while mitigating wheat midge risk?
  • What are you getting downgraded for? Are there varieties that can solve that problem?
  • Do cereal growers take longer to adopt new lines? Why?
  • We produce strong varieties that fit niches, and that’s not a bad thing
  • Cereal growers do also manage huge acres with those specific issues, so it’s a fair chunk of change to decide to switch to a new variety
  • OK, we’ve tackled pre-seed issues — once the seed is in the ground, what’s next?
  • Rain dance! Maybe
  • But seriously, get out there and do a stand assessment
  • Quantify the difference between seeds in the ground and seeds emerged, and then figure out why
  • Is it the drill? Is it depth? Is it weather? Is it a pest?
  • Actual emergence can be as low as 40 per cent in some instances!
  • What about taking notes? There’s decision fatigue, sometimes
  • Go in 21 days after emergence and take notes. Just do it.
  • Carry over risk? Fall moisture was decent in some areas
  • WEEDS! Resistant wild oats are a real thing. So, after your in-crop spraying assess the effectiveness of control, please.
  • If you have escapes, let the plants mature, collect the required number of seeds and send them in! Please.
  • Early indications suggest that stripe rust could be an issue
  • Learn about bacterial blight (it sounds gross). Fungicide won’t work (it’s a bacteria), so please identify this properly

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