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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 »

Wheat School: Talking to an Ontario Wheat Farmer – Steve Twynstra

In August, I was able to spend a morning with Steve Twynstra, Twilight Acre Farms.  Steve runs a diversified farm in the London area and wheat is a major part of his rotation.  Steve strongly believes that wheat is not just a rotation filler but a cash crop for his farm.  For Steve, wheat has… Read more »

The Impact of a Potential Railway Strike to Canadian Farmers – Richard Phillips

As if 2010 hasn’t brought enough challenges for Western Canadian farmers, now we have the potential of a railway strike in our midst. The conductors at CN rail are talking tough about several issues and a settlement does not seem near. Richard Phillips is the Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada and he… Read more »

Wheat School: Prepping Your Seeder For Wheat Planting

It would amaze you how many farmers don’t go through the proper initial prep on their seed drill before they go out to the field.  Just filling the cart tank and running wild it is not necessarily the best way to proceed. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School, Dean Jackson, Stoltz Sales and… Read more »

Wheat School: PrePlanting Weed Control, Drill Prep, Starter Fertilizer – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

Its time to seed winter wheat and there are several different considerations that you need to make in order to make sure you have success this season.  In many ways the steps that you take today are crucial to what your yield results are next August.  Too many people make some crucial mistakes at fall… Read more »

Wheat School: Give Your Head A Shake – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist with OMAFRA thinks that farmers in Ontario that are not seeding wheat need to give their heads a shake.  Having wheat in your rotation has major benefits in terms of agronomics and profitability. According to Peter, wheat is the crop providing the biggest addition to the bottom line on the farm this fall…. Read more »

Wheat School: Using a Farinograph to Test for Dough Quality

Variety selection can be just as much about the milling quality as it is the agronomic traits.  Before and after a variety is registered, companies like the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) work to try and develop markets based on the qualities of the product. One of the qualities of the grain is its dough… Read more »

Wheat School: Ontario Wheat Harvest Update

The wheat harvest in Ontario is underway and off to the start that everyone was hoping for.  The wheat crop in Ontario has really faced the perfect spring and summer. In this episode of the Wheat School, Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist, OMAFRA gives us an Ontario wheat harvest update.  Peter updates us on yields, disease… Read more »

Wheat School: The GFO is Committed to Wheat Research in Ontario

Many of you have heard the industry talk about the need to develop research initiatives.  Without research there is no innovation and Canadian agriculture will begin to lose ground to its international competitors.  Across the country provincial and federal government agricultural funding is getting cut which is threatening our ability to compete in the long… Read more »

Wheat School: Identifying Fusarium Head Blight in the Field

Fusarium head blight continues to be a major concern for North American farmers. Yield loss can be high and the amount of vomotoxin infection in the grain can cause significant grade loss. Although there are wheat varieties available to minimize the impact of fusarium, the reality is there is no technology available to control it… Read more »