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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March 2021

As I write this, the first spring wheat is being seeded in Lethbridge research plots. Seeding is fast approaching. Many of the article within this month's The Growing Point newsletter will be relevant to seeding best management practices. Germination information, seed safety, fusarium-free seed, and more. You will also find some exciting information on potential new wheat varieties that are recommended for registration. Enjoy this month's edition of The Growing Point and enjoy the warm weather! 


Growing malt varieties for feed end-use

Malt barley genetics have come a long way in the recent past with many new high-yielding varieties available to producers. However, this begs the question: can these malt varieties be grown at higher …

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Seed safe fertilizer applications and phosphorus starter

Seed safety is an important consideration as we head into spring. As fertilizer rates increase and yields follow, being aware of safe fertilizer application rates is important. Research has shown that…

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More midge and fewer parasitoids in Alberta forecast

A costly insect pest is set to make a comeback in Alberta wheat fields. Entomologists are cautioning producers to be on the lookout for orange blossom wheat midge during the 2021 growing season.

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Connecting buyers and sellers for wheat and barley straw

When Ropin’ the Web was operational, the “Hay Trader” tool was used by many farmers sell wheat and barley straw bales. When Alberta Agriculture and Forestry updated their website, this tool was…

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Fusarium Seed Infection Surveillance Project Interim Report

Alberta Seed Processors (ASP) is releasing an interim report on Fusarium graminearum seed infection survey results. These results are part of a new phase of fusarium head blight management in A…

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New wheat varieties on the horizon for western Canadian farmers

Wheat experts from government, academia and industry met virtually at the Prarie Grain Development Committee (PGDC) meeting this year to evaluate and recommend new wheat lines for registration in west…

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What can growers do when they cannot find Fusarium graminearum (Fg) free seed for planting?

In preparation for spring planting, some growers are struggling to find Fusarium graminearum (Fg) free seed. While Fg seed lots are best, there are many instances where growers are unable to find Fg …

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Applied Research Association (ARA) resources for farmers

There are numerous Applied Research Associations (ARAs) that provide learning opportunities for producers in their regions. We reached out to those that conduct work related to wheat and barley and co…

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Is your drill out yet? Ultra-early seeding proves successful in Western Canada

You’ve probably sat in an agronomy meeting and heard that early seeding is a good thing; you can capture more spring moisture, get the crop out of the ground and ahead of weeds, get early crop canop…

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A fiscal look at seeding rate and germ for cereals

We all want to produce a crop that has 100% of its full yield potential right from the start. Getting the seed into the ground at the proper seeding rate is just one way to ensure this happens. 

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