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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 »

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 »