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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 »

Wheat School: Everything You Need to Know About Nozzles and Spraying Fungicide

Whether you farm in Ontario or the west it is time to start thinking about spraying your winter wheat with fungicide to protect it from leaf diseases like septoria or powdery mildew. When spraying fungicides there are many considerations that need to be taken into account. Nozzle selection, nozzle position, water volume, and sprayer boom… Read more »

Wheat School: Who is the GFO?

We have no shortage of farmer led groups in Canada. Almost every crop has a growers association that represents their interests in Ottawa, tries to create demand for the commodity with end users and consumers, supports the agronomics of the crop and provides services to the members. Many times this can feel disjointed and does… Read more »

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 »