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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December 2021

Equipment is stored for the winter and the time to ruminate on 2021 decisions and planning for 2022 crop is upon us. The winter season is as much time for family and rest as it is time to learn. Be sure to gain new knowledge through events such as Agronomy Update and review articles and content that was released over the past year from various sources. In many situations


Intro to December 2021

In this edition of the newsletter, we discuss fertility management, seed quality, and how to utilize the Alberta Seed Guide to make the most of variety selection.

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Herbicide carryover

Although the regions listed within the document linked below are Saskatchewan specific, the general information regarding herbicide carryover is relevant to Alberta farmers as well. 

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Fertilizer planning considerations

In a season of fertilizer price extremes, it is natural for farmers to investigate opportunities to reduce fertilizer costs. A good way to approach fertilizer costs is to assess the likelihood of crop…

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Good news for cereal seed quality

Western Canada experienced wide-spread heat and drought conditions during the 2021 growing season. Stressful growing conditions during heat and drought can cause physiological challenges during crop d…

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Does wheat grown in Alberta need boron fertilizer?

We occasionally hear the need for boron in canola production in Alberta but not for wheat or other cereal crops. Canola and alfalfa are two crops grown in Alberta with higher sensitivity to boron defi…

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Variety selection using the Alberta Seed Guide

The greatly anticipated Alberta Seed Guide will hit producer mailboxes at the end of January, and growers will be scouring the tables to see the latest, greatest options for the next growing season.

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