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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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July 2022

With warmer weather upon us, crops are progressing quickly. However, there has been no shortage of agronomic concerns to manage. Producers across the province have been challenged with excess moisture, grasshoppers, wheat midge, wheat stem sawfly, and various disease considerations. In this edition of The Growing Point, we will share information on some of the most topical agronomic considerations wheat and barley producers are encountering. 

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Looking for Fields to Survey!

Every year, through the hard work of Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development employees, risk maps are released for wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly. However, a vital piece of the…

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Wheat Midge Scouting Needs to Happen Now!

The growth stage that wheat sees the greatest damage from wheat midge is at the beginning of head emergence until flowering. Although the 2022 forecast map for wheat midge has indicated populations ar…

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Grasshoppers: Pests and Scouting

Grasshoppers continue to be a concern in Alberta. If they haven’t already, producers should be scouting for grasshoppers now. As indicated by the 2022 forecast map, risk of high grasshopper populati…

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Be on the lookout for Fusarium head blight infection

The presence of Fusarium head blight (FHB) has been increasing in Alberta. Although the 2022 Alberta Seed Processors surveillance map indicated 2021 was a year with relatively low fusarium infection (…

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Willingdon Plot2Farm + Richardson Pioneer Lamont Field Day

On August 3, 2022, the Alberta Wheat Commission is teaming up with the Lamont Richardson Pioneer to demonstrate a field scale trial of the plant growth regulator ‘Manipulator’ on spring wheat. The…

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New Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee video

Resistant wild oat is a growing concern in Western Canada and Alberta. As such, growers and agronomists are advised to increase the diligence of monitoring for wild oat resistance and to increase thei…

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Flag leaf timing or head timing fungicide on wheat: Which is the better choice?

Leaf disease is a common occurrence in Alberta wheat production. Tan spot and septoria can cause yield and quality impacts on wheat. Under high disease pressure, there can be significant reductions in…

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Keep updated on pest and disease through the season

If you have crop or scout and give recommendations on crop management, be sure to sign up for the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network and the Prairie Crop Disease Monitoring Network. These two resources w…

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Lakeland Agronomy Day

Lakeland College's Research team is excited to welcome you to its Vermilion Campus for an in-person field day. Topics will include a variety of agronomic topics on pulses, cereals, 4R nutrient steward…

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Lacombe FIeld Day 2022

Join Olds College and the Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) for the Lacombe Field Day presented by Alberta Barley on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Take part in this annual event to learn more about the…

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Scouting for herbicide resistance

Producers are currently managing herbicide decisions on their fields. With some areas having delayed weed emergence due to lack of rainfall, some decisions change rapidly to account for new conditions…

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Alberta Malt Barley Field Day

Join us for a day of learning about the next generation of Canadian malt varieties, best management practices, markets and end-user quality requirements at the Lenz Farm near Bentley, Alberta. &n…

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Willingdon Plot2Farm + Richardson Pioneer Lamont Field Day

On August 3, 2022, the Alberta Wheat Commission is teaming up with the Lamont Richardson Pioneer to demonstrate a field scale trial of the plant growth regulator ‘Manipulator’ on spring wheat. The…

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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…

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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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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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