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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.


Jeremy Boychyn
Research Agronomy Extension Specialist

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July 2021

With the heatwave now passed, we (and the crop) can breathe a sigh of relief. For some, rainfall over the weekend helped provide further reprieve. However, many areas in the southern parts of the province are still desperate for rain. With many comments regarding similarities to the early 2000s, we can only hope that mother nature provides much-needed precipitation for those crops that still need it. 

2021 crops are advancing faster than usual. Both wheat and barley fields in many parts of the province are a week or more ahead of schedule due to earlier seeding, stressful crop conditions and other factors. As we enter or continue through the head emergence and flowering crop stages, both wheat midge and Fusarium head blight (FHB) are top of mind. 

In this newsletter, we share resources on managing and mitigating damage from both wheat midge and FHB. The articles, podcasts, and videos within provide the tool to strengthen your agronomic toolbox and better manage these significant pests. 


In The Field webinar - Making the most of your head timing fungicide application with Dr. Tom Wolf (Agrimetrix Research and Training)

Monitoring farm history, current disease levels and weather conditions help in decision-making for head time fungicides. However, making the most of head time fungicide applications include proper spr…

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In The Field Webinar - Monitoring and managing wheat midge featuring Dr. Boyd Mori

As wheat midge populations increase in areas of the Alberta, monitoring and management will continue to be important. On this edition of the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions' In The Field Webinar,…

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Using research to fight Fusarium head blight

Reducing the impacts of Fusarium head blight (FHB) has long been a priority for the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions. The commissions collaborate with funding partners across Canada to support res…

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Introduction to July 2021

In this newsletter, we share resources on managing and mitigating damage from both wheat midge and FHB. The articles, podcasts, and videos within provide the tool to strengthen your agronomic toolbox …

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Get out and scout for wheat midge

As the calendar turns to July, it’s time to scout for yield- and quality-robbing wheat midge.

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Scouting for Fusarium head blight infection after a head timing fungicide application

After head timing fungicide application, Fusarium head blight (FHB) scouting is not over. The next step is to scout the crop for FHB infection symptoms 10-14 days after anthesis. Scouting post-anthesi…

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2021 Wheat midge forecast map

Every year in the fall, provincial entomologists collect soil cores on wheat stubble across the province. The cores are then assessed for overwintering wheat midge cocoons. The data collected from thi…

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The Alberta Fusarium head blight risk forecast: A useful tool for FHB

Fusarium head blight (FHB) caused by Fusarium graminearum (Fg) is an increasing concern in Alberta (Harding et al. 2018). FHB leads to Fusarium damaged kernels (FDK) and deoxynivalenol (DON) causing i…

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Wheat midge parasitism in the Peace River region

A recent article by Dufton et al. (2021) in The Canadian Entomologist, examined parasitism of wheat midge (Sitodiplosis mosellana) in the Peace River region of Alberta. The study found that parasitism…

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