Category: Crop Schools

Wheat School: Biotech Companies Continue to Expand Research into Wheat Breeding – Norm Dreger, Syngenta

Wheat is an important crop globally. From a food production standpoint, with regards to rotation on the farm and from an economic standpoint, wheat is “key” crop worldwide. The biotech industry has taken notice of this, and a great deal of new interest has been invested into wheat. Companies like Syngenta have expanded their efforts… Read more »

Wheat School: Unusual Pest Behavior in Ontario – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

  A big part of a successful pest control strategy depends on pests behaving in a certain way and us basing our control measures on that. When an insect pest deviates from typical behaviour, it can in some cases, negate any control strategy we implement based on that behaviour. Things like emergence patterns, feeding habits,… Read more »

Canola School: An Update on Lygus Bug Activity – Gregory Sekulic, The Canola Council of Canada

Lygus bugs are a pest that are not particularly picky when it comes to what they feed on. The bug has over 300 known host plants, and feeds on the sap of a plants new growth and reproductive tissue. Unfortunately, among the long list of plants they like to feed on is the canola plant…. Read more »

Canola School: Crop Conditions Across the Prairies – Jim Bessel, Canola Council of Canada

The start of the 2011 growing season was challenging to say the least. Wet weather and unseasonably cool conditions in the majority of the west had producers stressed out and wondering if they would get a crop in at all. That was the case in fact in large areas of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Fast forward… Read more »

Canola School: The Impact of Heat Stress on Canola – Murray Hartman

When you consider the temperatures across the prairies even a month ago, it’s hard to believe we’d be here now talking about the effects of high temperature on canola. That’s the nature of life on the prairies though. While prolonged periods of high heat may not be in the cards for most of the prairies,… Read more »

Wheat School – Perfect Storm Scenario for Stripe Rust Threat – Dr. Denis Gaudet

Stripe rust is one of those diseases that has been around for a while, but hasn’t really been that much of a threat. A few new developments with regards to the disease may have changed that. Firstly, resistance to stripe rust in one variety of winter wheat was found to be ineffective. Second, the disease… Read more »

Wheat School – Cereal Leaf Beetle Impacting Ontario Wheat Fields – Tracey Baute

The Cereal Leaf beetle seems to be rearing its ugly head in winter and spring wheat fields near Bolton, Stayner and Seaforth, Ontario. Tracey Baute, OMAFRA Entomologist and author of Bautebugblog.com reports threshold levels of the pest in those fields, with significant feeding seen on the flagleaf. Baute recommends spraying infested winter wheat with insecticides… Read more »