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Wheat School – Fungicide Spraying & Nozzle Selection – Helmut Spieser, OMAFRA

With all this wet weather, disease concerns start to come into play, and protection against things like septoria, powdery mildew, and fusarium head blight become very important. As we look at providing that protection, proper application becomes critical. When spraying fungicides there are many considerations that need to be taken into account. Nozzle selection, nozzle… Read more »

Wheat School: Selecting Nozzles for Fungicide Application To Maximize Effectiveness

With the supremely wet weather that has been significantly delaying corn and soybean. Another one of the impacts of this wet weather is the need to consider fungicides for your wheat crop.  Wet conditions tend to bring on disease and that can dampen your yield expectations if not handled accordingly. Phil Needham is a leading… Read more »

Wheat School – Evaluate Your Winter Wheat Stand Before You Jump To Conclusions

The “big picture” is very important when it comes to evaluating plant stands, especially in winter wheat. The first place a farmer will naturally be drawn to is the visually accessible poor spots in the field. Those areas should be looked at, but always in the broader context of the entire field. If they aren’t,… Read more »

Wheat School – The Importance of Seeding by 1000 Kernel Weight and Plants Per Sqaure Foot- Ken Panchuk

Establishing a seeding rate brings with it some rituals. One of those rituals can be observed when a farmer comes to pick up their seed out of a bin. Without fail, the first thing that farmer does is run his into the stream of seed and take a good hard look at it. Seeing is… Read more »

Wheat School – The Destruction of Wheat Midge – Scott Meers

Wheat midge is something that traditionally, farmers in Alberta have not been too concerned about. It was always more of a Saskatchewan issue. Over the past few years however, as we have moved to wetter springs and summers, conditions have changed enough for the pest to become a greater concern. Wheat midge is a pest… Read more »

Wheat School- 7 Steps to Analyzing the Wheat Market – John DePutter

For a lot of farmers marketing wheat can be a lot like playing “Let’s Make a Deal”. You pick what’s behind door number one and hope it’s better than what’s behind doors two and three. It’s guesswork and a lot of luck. For other farmers, it feels like you’re preparing to write a thesis, with… Read more »

Wheat School – Warburtons Foods Perspective of the Canadian Wheat Industry – Adam Dyck

For businesses involved in the food industry, a consistent, quality ingredient is a necessity. This is especially true for those involved in baked goods. For those businesses, wheat is a very important ingredients. For Warburtons Foods, based in the U.K., Canadian wheat is specifically what they need and want. Those needs include certain characteristics specific… Read more »

Wheat School: The Importance of Seed Treatments in Wheat Production – Phil Needham

Originally looked upon as “snake oil” seed treatments have become an integral part of the production system.  For the most part many farmers originally had trouble understanding the value because the action was underground.  Farmers are used to using products like herbicides that kills weeds which is very visual.  The action of seed treatments is… Read more »

Wheat School 2011 – The Cereal Leaf Beetle – Scott Meers

The cereal leaf beetle traditionally has been a minor pest in Canada.  Western Canada has begun to see some of the damage as it has moved north from the United States.  Scott Meers, Alberta Agriculture states that the cereal leaf beetle has not yet moved above Highway One but should still be a concern for… Read more »

Wheat School: Wheat is the Next Frontier – Rob Hannam

Wheat is a crop that is grown around the world.  There is a harvest somewhere in the world every month of the year.  The winds of change have been blowing in the wheat industry with the influx of new breeding and trait development capital from the private sector.  Many insiders are expecting changes to the… Read more »

Wheat School: The Possibilities of Controlled Traffic Farming

Farmers across the globe continue to try and improve wheat production.  Higher yields and environmental stewardship continue to evolve and be achieved.  One of the best ways to learn new practices and raise your personal knowledge of agronomy is to look at other production practices around the globe.  A deeper look into how fellow farmers… Read more »