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.
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Jeremy Boychyn
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September 2021

Harvest season is well upon us. Although the southern part of the province harvested much of the crop, due to the lack of rainfall harvest yields were unsurprisingly low. As harvest continues in the northern and central regions, variable crops are becoming a challenge due to late tillers that emerged after end-of-season rains. This is leading to complex decisions around swathing, waiting and pre-harvest glyphosate. If using pre-harvest glyphosate, be sure to only apply based on label recommendations when the wheat or barley crop is at 30% or less moisture in the least advanced part of the field ( After harvest, storage spoilage should be top of mind when managing a variable crop. We outline these considerations in this edition of The Growing Point.

I wish all farmers a safe remainder of the harvest season.


Pre-harvest glyphosate and peduncle colour

Recently, increased emphasis has been put on the peduncle colour as an indicator of ideal timing. Unfortunately, the peduncle colour is not a reliable indicator of grain moisture. There are a few reas…

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Managing late tillers in wheat and barley

There are no straightforward answers when it comes to managing late tillers. Each farm has different needs, equipment, time, target markets, harvest window, and other factors that impact harvest manag…

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How much nitrogen will carry over to next year?

Producers make fine-tuned nitrogen (N) decisions based on soil tests, expected yield, and environmental expectations. However, mother nature has a way of evading our plans. Over the 2021 season, rainf…

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CWRS Production Yield Gap Survey

Take part in an international, prairie-wide project to generate baseline producer data on current Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat management practices. Researchers need 2019/2020 data from irri…

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Nitrogen management strategies for winter wheat

As many producers across the Prairies seed their winter wheat crop, the question of nitrogen (N) management strategies arises. When can I apply N and what source will give me my best bang? The Canada …

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Strategies to reduce chemical fertilizer inputs and improve soil health and ecosystem services in mixed crop-livestock systems

A farm’s profitability often depends on producing enough crop per acre to keep production costs below selling price.

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Safe storage of wheat and barley grain

With a highly variable crop coming off in the central and northern parts of Alberta, storage considerations will need to be front of mind. After a dry early and mid-season, late tillers have emerged d…

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Stubble and rotation considerations for winter wheat in black soil zones

As discussions around increasing the number of crops in rotation become more and more prevalent, winter wheat continues to be a viable option to add to your rotation. However, it is important to add w…

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