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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May 2023

Seeding is in full force in many parts of the province, marking the official start of the growing season. In this issue of The Growing Point, we will cover safe rates for seed-placed fertilizer, then dive deeper into N cycle and how to mitigate N loss. With the seeds in the ground, we will start sharing early-season scouting tips, the pests to keep an eye on throughout the growing season and how to manage them.


What is a safe rate for seed-placed fertilizer?

With 90 per cent of Alberta farmers applying fertilizer in the spring at seeding time, seed-safe fertilizer rates need to be considered. Read this article to find out which factors impact seed-safe fe…

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New tool – Prairie Nutrient Removal Calculator

This nutrient removal calculator is the most updated tool adapted specifically to the Canadian Prairies.

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Early season scouting tips – Winter wheat survival assessment

For winter wheat growers in the province, winter survivability assessments in early spring can help identify any damage. 

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Pest management tips

Updates on wireworms, grasshoppers and wheat streak mosaic virus.

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Maintaining market access through smart crop protection decisions

Check out the 2023 Product Advisory by Keep it Clean. The document informs Canadian growers of potential market risks associated with certain crop protection products when used on some crops. 

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