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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 »

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: How to Obliterate Kochia in Your Wheat Field

Some weeds are very easy to kill at lots of different stages of growth. Some weeds must be dealt with very early in the growing process. One of these weeds is the kochia weed.  It is found in many parts of the US and Canada and it can become a major headache at harvest time… 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 »

Wheat School – When & Why You Should Top Dress Your Nitrogen – Matt Gosling

Getting out into your wheat field on a regular basis is a necessity if you really want to give your crop the best chance possible. A regular visual inspection is a great start, but having a knowledge of what’s going on beneath the surface can help you to prevent big losses or get you to… Read more »

Wheat School – Pre-Seed or Pre-Emergence Burn…That is the Question – Richard Marsh, Syngenta

On most years seeding earlier provides opportunities for large reward in terms of yield. Now that many farmers are racing against the calendar to try and get seeded as soon as they can, there are some considerations being made. One of the main questions that many farmers are dealing with is whether they should seed… Read more »

Wheat School – Spring Application of Nitrogen to Your Winter Wheat Crop – Peter Johnson – OMAFRA

Farmers looking to kickstart their winter wheat crop are very careful in timing their nitrogen application. Applying nitrogen at the wrong stage in plant development can lead to yield loss down the line. That being said, farmers have to take into consideration the difference in conditions this year vs last year. Whereas last years conditions… 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 – 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 »