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.

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Jeremy Boychyn
Research Agronomy Extension Specialist

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May 2021

As we reach the end of May, we have already experienced a few curveballs thrown our way this growing season. Many areas of Alberta were in dire need of moisture at the beginning of the month, however, over the past week or so, and especially over the May long weekend, we saw much of that thirst quenched. While the rain brought relief to the lack of moisture it also was preceded by several cold nights and frost in some areas. With any luck, we will make our way through the establishment phase with stable plant stands and without the need to reseed. As we proceed forward, we are fast approaching the “weed wars” stage of the cropping season. While it is easy to be distracted by this battle don’t forget to follow up on your seedling emergence counts. Farmers in the south should stay alert for wireworm damage, while farmers in the north will want to keep an eye on any disease progression that may require mitigation later in the season.  

Within this month's edition you will also find information on two plant growth regulator (PGR) options to mitigate lodging risk in barley. Both Manipulator and Moddus are registered for use on barley in Canada. However, growers may be asking what the right choice is for their farm. Dr. Sheri Strydhorst and I discuss the relevant agronomic information on PGR options for barley, so you can decide what's right for your farm.

Articles

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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Feed Barley Survey Results

In the fall of 2020, Alberta Barley randomly collected 18 barley samples from a number of fields covering the length and breadth of the province. The samples were sent to A&L labs for standard ana…

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Introduction to May 2021

As we reach the end of May, we have already experienced a few curveballs thrown our way this growing season. Many areas of Alberta were in dire need of moisture at the beginning of the month, however,…

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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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The Resistant Wild Oat Action Committee: a new initiative and resource for producers & agronomists

Herbicide-resistant wild oat is increasing in prevalence across Western Canada. 

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Seeking participants for a study on climate resilient production practices in the Prairies

Research teams at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) are seeking information on some key growing season variables (e.g. field size, harvested area, va…

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Spring frost risks in wheat and barley crops

When emerged wheat and barley crops experience night-time temperatures below 0°C, the question of crop survival is never far from a producer’s mind. In general, wheat is relatively resilient to fro…

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Chlormequat (Manipulator) is now listed under “Be Informed” for barley

Keep it Clean has updated their 2021 Product Advisory to inform Canadian barley growers of market risks associated with using chlormequat (e.g. Manipulator) on barley for malt, food or feed, moving it…

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Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) Options for Barley

Growers now have two plant growth regulator (PGR) options to mitigate lodging risk in barley. Both Manipulator and Moddus are registered for use on barley in Canada. However, growers may be asking wha…

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