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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 »

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 »