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Wheat School – Don’t Let M.O.G. Slow Your Harvest – Les Hill, PAMI

Getting your winter wheat off the field as quickly as possible is extremely important if you are looking to maintain quality. The longer that crop remains in the field exposed to the elements, the greater the chances are that germ, vigour and overall grade quality can be negatively impacted. That’s were combine efficiency comes into… Read more »

Wheat School: Minimizing Harvest Losses – Les Hill, P.A.M.I.

As commodity prices continue to rise, efficiency at harvest becomes increasingly important. Producers want to minimize loss in every area possible. Harvest is one area farmers can take control of when it comes to increasing efficiency. Depending on how the combine is adjusted and the crop type, some farmers can lose up to 5 bushels… Read more »

Wheat School: Why are Test Weights Down in Ontario? – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

  Test weights on wheat are down below average in parts of Ontario. Compared to this time last year, yields by test weight alone are down by as much as 10% in areas. There are a couple of reasons behind this. The first involves under-filled ¬†kernels from plants surrounding dead zones in the field being… Read more »

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: A Demonstration of Successful Fusarium Tolerance Breeding in Wheat – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

This episode of the Wheat School can be summarized as a bit of a fusarium clinic. Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs gives us a first hand look at the difference in resistance between older wheat varieties and some of the newer generations. Here we get confirmation… Read more »

Wheat School: New Study Looks to Expand & Improve Winter Wheat Production

Studies are underway to help winter wheat producers to improve production in a number of areas and to help expand the amount of acres being grown by farmers across the west. The two year study by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission will look at a number of factors that… Read more »

Wheat School – Has Wheat Reached It’s Yield Ceiling? – Phil Needham

Is there a yield ceiling on wheat? In this episode of the Wheat School we put that question to Phil Needham of Needham Ag Technologies. The answer to that question is not as simple as a blanket yes or no. With every field and every farmer being different, that question is best answered by the… 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 »

Wheat School – Dealing with Wild Oats – Rob Klewchuk, Syngenta

In this episode of the Wheat School, we head to Regina to talk with Syngenta Technical Field Manager Robert Klewchuk about control strategies for wild oats. Wild oats act as scavengers in your wheat stand. They can steal valuable nutrients from your crop, affecting yields and crop development. While a pre-seed burn has been effective… Read more »

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 »