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Wheat School: Can Winter Wheat Get Too Big?

Ontario’s winter wheat crop is growing like gangbusters thanks to unseasonably warm fall temperatures. But could it grow too much? “No way,” says agronomist Peter Johnson in Real Agriculture’s latest Wheat School episode. “The only thing we have to worry about is if it’s still growing on Christmas Eve, like last year.” In that case… Read more »

Wheat School: New Nitrogen Strategies Needed to Keep Up With Big Yield Potential

It’s been a long time since the last public research was conducted to support nitrogen fertilizer recommendations for wheat on the eastern side of the prairies. “The last time we did publicly-funded research on wheat yields and nitrogen fertilizer recommendations was actually about 45 years ago, so we were dealing with lower yielding wheat varieties… Read more »

Wheat School: Driving More Winter Wheat Acres in Western Canada

Winter wheat acres in Western Canada have fallen by half over the last five years. According to Statistics Canada, just over 1.3 million acres of winter wheat were seeded in the fall of 2011, while only 635 thousand acres were planted in the fall of 2015 (see the chart below). Canola harvest timing and weather conditions… Read more »

Wheat School: Commemorating Triticum spp’s Ancestral Roots

It’s hard to imagine a time before, at least, threshing machines. But the evolution of wheat is long, and complex. “Not many people know about the origin of wheat,” says Mazen Aljarrah, plant breeder at the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe, in the following video. “Actually, it started maybe 10,000 years ago through a spontaneous… Read more »

Wheat School: Take Aim at Fusarium with Spraying Fundamentals

Spraying wheat for fusarium head blight is simple. Right? You pick the correct product, target the middle of the application window and you’re ready to roll with the sprayer. What could go wrong? Plenty. In this episode of the Wheat School, OMAFRA application technology specialist Jason Deveau and Bayer CropScience market development specialist Troy Basaraba review the… Read more »

Wheat School: Getting Burned by Physiological Fleck

Did you apply sunscreen on your wheat? Your crop could probably use it. Every summer RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is deluged with questions about diseased wheat when the crop is actually suffering from physiological fleck caused by the sun’s UVB radiation – just common sunburn. Johnson says growers call him up wanting help identifying the… Read more »

Wheat School: UPOV ’91 Driving Research Investment

It’s been more than a year since the Canadian government’s decision to implement UPOV ’91 standards for Plant Breeders’ Rights. When it was ratified, the seed industry touted the agreement as a significant driver of new investment in crop breeding and genetics for Canadian farmers. In this Wheat School episode, Real Agriculture resident agronomist Peter… Read more »

Wheat School: Don’t Get Burned With Contaminant in Urea

Growers topdressing melted urea to boost wheat protein should be asking their supplier whether it contains a contaminant that’s toxic to wheat, suggests a soil scientist at the University of Manitoba. With the introduction of higher yielding wheat varieties, there’s been new interest in applying post-anthesis nitrogen to wheat to boost protein content in Western… Read more »

Wheat School: New Wheat Classes in Session as of August 1

Changes to wheat classes in Western Canada are just around the corner. Two classes will be created, while three others will be dropped, on August 1, 2016. Murdoch MacKay, commissioner with the Canadian Grain Commission, joins us for this episode of the Wheat School to discuss the changes and why they’re being made. As he… Read more »

Wheat School: Talk to Your Buyer Before Using Chlormequat

Before applying a plant growth regulator containing chlormequat to wheat, make sure you’ve confirmed you have a buyer willing to purchase it, because most of the major grain companies say they won’t. Potentially a valuable tool in reducing lodging, many growers are interested in applying Manipulator, a PGR introduced in Canada by Engage Agro in… Read more »

Wheat School: Ready, Aim…Delivering FHB Fungicide to Its Target, Through the Awns

As disease pressure mounts, fungicide applications to prevent fusarium head blight (FHB) have started in wheat across Western Canada. Effective FHB suppression comes down to timing and knowing where your target is, explains AgriMetrix spray application specialist Tom Wolf in this Wheat School episode. “We are specifically after the wheat head. We need an angled spray, typically a twin… Read more »

Wheat School: The Best Growth Regulator for Wheat

Plant growth regulators are used for wheat production in many other parts of the world. While there are still issues with export market approval, there’s starting to be more awareness and application of PGRs in Canada. Chlormequat and ethephon-based PGRs are both commercially available in Canada, however the U.S. does not have an import tolerance established for chlormequat…. Read more »

Wheat School: Residues, Mycotoxins and Testing to the Part Per Trillion

Inspired by the Canola Council of Canada’s work to encourage best management practices to meet customer expectations, Cereals Canada has launched its own Keep it Clean — Cereals campaign. “Rather than creating a stand-alone but similar brand, Cereals Canada has worked with the Canola Council of Canada to present a consistent message to producers across commodities,”… Read more »

Wheat School: Boost Yields With Seed-Placed Phosphorus

Looking to add 15 to 20 bushels to your winter wheat yield? Depending on your base fertility level, seed-placed phosphorus could do the trick. In this episode of Wheat School, Real Agriculture resident agronomist Peter Johnson takes you on a tour of long-term phosphorus and potash trials at Lucan, Ontario. “In these research trials, we’re… Read more »

Wheat School: Ontario Needs Sulphur

Sulphur is needed to grow wheat in Ontario. It’s that simple, says Real Agriculture resident agronomist Peter Johnson. Sulphur deficiency was widespread in the province this year after one of the coldest and driest springs in the past 30 years. The cool temperatures tend to limit the amount of sulphur release, says Johnson who notes… Read more »