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Wheat School: Dealing with Septoria

Septoria can have a nasty impact on your wheat crop yield and overall plant health. Found across Canada, Septoria must be scouted prior to the flag leaf emerging. The disease favors wet windy conditions so the impact will be less in drier years.  Leaf disease can have major impact on your overall crop health because it… Read more »

Wheat School: Understanding Powdery Mildew

In more humid climates, powdery mildew can have a real negative impact on your wheat crop.  It is actually known as one of the easier diseases to spot but needs to be sprayed with fungicide to ensure proper control. In the below video chat with Luc Bourgeois, Research and Development at Bayer Crop Science Eastern… Read more »

Wheat School: Be Careful When Spraying After Cool Nights

Across the country we continue to see winter like conditions. Corn has suffered significant frost damage in Ontario and farmers in the western provinces continue to battle snow drifts. In-climate whether sometimes forces farmers to crowd suggested spraying windows and gamble on the effectiveness of the product or risk unwanted damage to the crop itself…. Read more »

Wheat School: Evaluating Planting Depth After Emergence

It is easy to talk about seeding depth pre-planting but it is even more critical to review planting depth after emergence.  It is no different than any other business process.  PLAN – EXECUTE – REVIEW – IMPROVE – REPEAT THE CYCLE. The stand above ground tells only part of the story though.  You also need… Read more »

Wheat School: Identifying Growth Stage 31

No matter what crop you are growing, knowing the growth stage of the planst is integral to making the right decisions. Are you spraying herbicides or fungicides or applying growth regulators? Well timing is critical nd all of that timing is derived by the stage of the crop. Depending on where you farm in Canada… Read more »

Wheat School: Testing Durum for Pasta Quality at CIGI

Durum is a crop that many Canadian wheat growers identify with and take pride in.  Canada is a major global supplier of high quality durum to the marketplace.  Many times we focus on the production and marketing of durum but not what happens at processing. I got a great opportunity while I was at CIGI… Read more »

Wheat School: The Difference Between Fusarium and Vomitoxin

Last week we discussed the topic of fusarium.  Based on the popularity of this One of the frequent confusions is that there is actually a difference between fusarium and vomitoxin.   Some people do not understand that you can have fusarium without vomitoxin. Both are issues that are affecting farmers and their ability to market… Read more »

Wheat School: Trying to Understand Fusarium

Fusarium is an ugly monster that continues to rear its ugly head across North America.  Some areas are definitely worse than other but the impact is real.  With more tolerant wheat genetics coming every year, farmers are desperate to try and manage this disease in the most proactive ways that they can. Some of the… Read more »

Wheat School: How to Check for Bugs in Your Grain Bin – Helmut Spieser

Have you ever had visitors to your farm that wish never came?  Some of the worst unwanted visitors to you your farm are bugs in your wheat bin.  Farming is very hard work.  It takes incredible fortitude, perseverance and a little luck to get the crop in the bin in a timely manner with high… Read more »

Wheat School: Spring Management of Nitrogen in Winter Wheat

Coming out of the winter months, making sure that your winter wheat has an adequate amount of nitrogen is critical for achieving your yield objectives.  Making some nitrogen decision in the spring is critical and cannot be ignored by the grower. Based on where you farm, how you approach the topic will differ. Because of… Read more »

Wheat School: Scouting Winter Wheat in the Early Spring – Patrick Lynch

One of the first things that you need to do as winter comes to a conclusion is evaluate your winter wheat stand.  Depending on the conditions of the past winter, the amount of winter kill can vary and difficult to  properly evaluate.  If you are too hard on your self you could decide to rip… Read more »

Wheat School: What is Falling Number

Falling number is critical in the milling and baking process.  Most farmers hear about the falling number but I am sure that many do not realize what it means.  In this episode Russell McLaughlin from Palmerston Grain talks about why falling number is important and why they test for it at the elevator point. See… Read more »

Wheat School: Frost Seeding Spring Wheat

Want to know how to increase your spring wheat yield by 40%?  Looking for a way to spread out the seeding of your spring crops?  If you are in an area of Canada that is applicable to frost seeding the rewards can be high but it is definitely not a simple process. I talked to… Read more »

Wheat School: Proper Storage of Wheat

Many times farmers think that once the wheat crop is harvested the pressure is off and it is time to relax.  A lot of things can go wrong inside the bin.  One of the troubles many people have is that they cannot see into the bin.  Ignoring the grain temperature, moisture and some other things… Read more »

Wheat School: Why I Grow Wheat in Ontario

Wheat is a major crop around the world. I believe that there is a wheat harvest happening in every month of the year somewhere in the world. One of the interesting stories about wheat is that it is grown for many different different reasons depending on where you are in the world. For the farmers… Read more »