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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November 2022

It seems winter has finally arrived after a rather extended fall.  Luckily, this has allowed plenty of time for soil sampling and fall herbicide applications. 

Data from our 2022 Plot2Farm on-farm research trials are currently being analyzed and summarized. We will be sharing the results and some insight at the regional meetings as well as the Prairie Cereals Summit in December. 

From all of us at the commissions, enjoy a safe winter. We hope to see you at some of the great ag-focused events over the cold season.  


Nitrogen rate of return calcualator

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions wanted a tool to help growers understand the possible economic returns of various nitrogen (N) fertilizer and crop prices. This N Rate Calculator, developed by…

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Alberta crop rotation and yield averages

Crop rotation planning can be complex. Stubble, residue, residual nitrogen from pulses, weed control, seeding considerations, and herbicide carryover should all be considered. These factors can provid…

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Don't miss out on 2022 Regional Meetings!

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions invite you to join us at your regional meeting this November!Hear about how the commissions are working for you, and learn agronomic and farm management tips f…

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Growing Smarter: Soil Sampling

In this video developed by the Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley Commissions, we chat with retired Alberta Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development research scientist Dr. Ross McKenzie. Ros…

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Save the date: Agronomy Update 2023

Agronomy Update 2023 will once again be in a virtual format. Be sure to save the date and stay tuned for further information regarding registration. 

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Variety selection using the seed guide (2022)

Variety selection is a huge part of decision-making on Alberta farms. Each year, farmers decide if they will be ‘upgrading’ to a new variety. After harvest, growers will assess the yield performan…

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True loose smut in barley

A yield and quality consideration producers should be watching for if they are considering re-planting their own seed. 

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