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.

Cheers!

Jeremy Boychyn
Research Agronomy Extension Specialist

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June 2022

Spraying season is well under way while contrasting weather is being seen across the province. Luckily, southern Alberta received much needed rainfall the week of the June 13th with some areas seeing up to 100mm. This kind of precipitation had not been seen in many years. With a lot of season left to go, the effects that early weather conditions have on yield is highly variable. Additionally, this ‘better late than never’ rain may lead to secondary tillering issues in cereal crops. Nevertheless, we will welcome more rain as we continue through the season.

As the province continues through weed control season and into fungicide season, some considerations will be top of mind for wheat and barley producers. These include use of PGRs, preventing and scouting for herbicide resistance, and loss prevention of nitrogen. This edition of The Growing Point newsletter contains information relevant to these topics as well as information on many great upcoming agronomic events.

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Keep updated on pest and disease through the season

If you have crop or scout and give recommendations on crop management, be sure to sign up for the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network and the Prairie Crop Disease Monitoring Network. These two resources w…

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Lakeland Agronomy Day

Lakeland College's Research team is excited to welcome you to its Vermilion Campus for an in-person field day. Topics will include a variety of agronomic topics on pulses, cereals, 4R nutrient steward…

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Lacombe FIeld Day 2022

Join Olds College and the Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) for the Lacombe Field Day presented by Alberta Barley on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Take part in this annual event to learn more about the…

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Scouting for herbicide resistance

Producers are currently managing herbicide decisions on their fields. With some areas having delayed weed emergence due to lack of rainfall, some decisions change rapidly to account for new conditions…

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Alberta Malt Barley Field Day

Join us for a day of learning about the next generation of Canadian malt varieties, best management practices, markets and end-user quality requirements at the Lenz Farm near Bentley, Alberta. &n…

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Willingdon Plot2Farm + Richardson Pioneer Lamont Field Day

On August 3, 2022, the Alberta Wheat Commission is teaming up with the Lamont Richardson Pioneer to demonstrate a field scale trial of the plant growth regulator ‘Manipulator’ on spring wheat. The…

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Growing Smarter: Plant growth regulator staging for wheat and barley

Learn about how to properly stage your crops for plant growth regulators with Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions' agronomy expert Dr. Sheri Strydhorst with this informative diagnostic video.

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The Alberta Fusarium head blight risk forecast: A useful tool for FHB

Fusarium head blight (FHB) caused by Fusarium graminearum (Fg) is an increasing concern in Alberta (Harding et al. 2018). FHB leads to Fusarium damaged kernels (FDK) and deoxynivalenol (DON) causing i…

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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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Keep updated on pest and disease through the season

If you have crop or scout and give recommendations on crop management, be sure to sign up for the Prairie Pest Monitoring Network and the Prairie Crop Disease Monitoring Network. These two resources w…

Read More

Lakeland Agronomy Day

Lakeland College's Research team is excited to welcome you to its Vermilion Campus for an in-person field day. Topics will include a variety of agronomic topics on pulses, cereals, 4R nutrient steward…

Read More

Lacombe FIeld Day 2022

Join Olds College and the Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) for the Lacombe Field Day presented by Alberta Barley on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. Take part in this annual event to learn more about the…

Read More

Scouting for herbicide resistance

Producers are currently managing herbicide decisions on their fields. With some areas having delayed weed emergence due to lack of rainfall, some decisions change rapidly to account for new conditions…

Read More

Alberta Malt Barley Field Day

Join us for a day of learning about the next generation of Canadian malt varieties, best management practices, markets and end-user quality requirements at the Lenz Farm near Bentley, Alberta. &n…

Read More

Willingdon Plot2Farm + Richardson Pioneer Lamont Field Day

On August 3, 2022, the Alberta Wheat Commission is teaming up with the Lamont Richardson Pioneer to demonstrate a field scale trial of the plant growth regulator ‘Manipulator’ on spring wheat. The…

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Massive expansion of applied agriculture research at Lethbridge College

As investment in Canada’s Premier Food Corridor skyrockets, Lethbridge College’s Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC) has become a hive of applied agriculture research, aimed at helping…

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Plot2Farm on-farm trials for 2022 season

The Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions recognize the value of on-farm research. In 2019, both commissions put aside funds to launch Plot2Farm, a farmer-focused, on-farm research program. In 2020, Pl…

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Symptoms of imidazolinone herbicide carryover on wheat and barley

For parts of Alberta, precipitation in the 2021 growing season was below average. Some farms received less than 150mm between April 1 and September 1. The low precipitation amount caused increased her…

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Reducing potential negative impacts of plant growth regulator use in wheat and barley

Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are synthetic compounds that can alter plant growth and development. PGRs change plant hormone activity to produce shorter stems and reduce lodging. PGRs should only be …

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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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