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The Growing Point

Our goal with this newsletter is simple; to provide Alberta farmers and agronomists with timely, relevant and valuable agronomic knowledge sourced from science-based research and projects funded by the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions. You will also find a few opinion articles addressing management perspectives and other agronomic pointers to help you make informed agronomic decisions.
This monthly newsletter will include written articles, audio interviews and videos. Additionally, impromptu information may be released to address timely agronomic problems in Alberta. We hope the agronomic information from these newsletters brings value to your farm. Have agronomy questions? Feel free to reach out by emailing me at the address below.

Cheers!

Jeremy Boychyn
Research Agronomy Extension Specialist

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May 2022

With seeding well underway in many areas of the province, and beginning to gear up in others, this edition of The Growing Point includes pertinent seeding season information for Alberta growers. You will find insights on plant growth regulator (PGR) risk considerations, herbicide carryover damage symptoms in wheat and barley, how to assess emergence percentage, and more. Plus, check out two new Growing Point podcast episodes! You won’t want to miss these episodes featuring experts covering mitigating nitrogen loss, and a discussion around alkaline and saline soils. Don’t forget to subscribe to The Growing Point podcast today for timely episodes to consume while you are busy in the field this growing season.

Have a safe and successful season!

Articles

Massive expansion of applied agriculture research at Lethbridge College

As investment in Canada’s Premier Food Corridor skyrockets, Lethbridge College’s Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC) has become a hive of applied agriculture research, aimed at helping…

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Plot2Farm on-farm trials for 2022 season

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions recognize the value of on-farm research. In 2019, both commissions put aside funds to launch Plot2Farm, a farmer-focused, on-farm research program. In 2020, Pl…

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Symptoms of imidazolinone herbicide carryover on wheat and barley

For parts of Alberta, precipitation in the 2021 growing season was below average. Some farms received less than 150mm between April 1 and September 1. The low precipitation amount caused increased her…

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Reducing potential negative impacts of plant growth regulator use in wheat and barley

Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are synthetic compounds that can alter plant growth and development. PGRs change plant hormone activity to produce shorter stems and reduce lodging. PGRs should only be …

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DELAYED SEEDING: What works best for a shorter growing season?

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, Manitoba Crop Alliance, Sask Wheat and SaskBarley have developed a quick agronomic management fact sheet for farmers experiencing…

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Massive expansion of applied agriculture research at Lethbridge College

As investment in Canada’s Premier Food Corridor skyrockets, Lethbridge College’s Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC) has become a hive of applied agriculture research, aimed at helping…

Read More

Plot2Farm on-farm trials for 2022 season

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions recognize the value of on-farm research. In 2019, both commissions put aside funds to launch Plot2Farm, a farmer-focused, on-farm research program. In 2020, Pl…

Read More

Symptoms of imidazolinone herbicide carryover on wheat and barley

For parts of Alberta, precipitation in the 2021 growing season was below average. Some farms received less than 150mm between April 1 and September 1. The low precipitation amount caused increased her…

Read More

Reducing potential negative impacts of plant growth regulator use in wheat and barley

Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are synthetic compounds that can alter plant growth and development. PGRs change plant hormone activity to produce shorter stems and reduce lodging. PGRs should only be …

Read More

Check out the new seeding rate calculator

Establishing a crop with high yield potential and quality requires sowing seed at ideal rates. The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions have developed a seeding rate calculator to help farmers determi…

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Post-emergence wireworm scouting

At this point, many producers and agronomists are familiar with the devastating effects of wireworm infestation. 

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Should you tank mix fungicide with your herbicide or plant growth regulator?

Many cereal growers have considered applying, or have applied, a sub-lethal rate of fungicide (i.e. half rate of Tilt/propiconazole) tank-mixed with herbicide at early growth stages. This practice is …

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Take steps to know your emergence percentage

Plenty of focus is placed on thousand kernel weight (TKW) when calculating seeding rates. Seeding based on per cent germination provides the number of viable seeds sown. However, when seeding based on…

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