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Crop Production News 2016 Issue 3

In this issue:

  • Crop Protection Lab Update
    • Read about what we are seeing for samples in the lab!
  • Crops Are Advancing Rapidly
    • A combination of early seeding, good moisture and some warm days are leading to rapid growth in 2016. Crops are advancing through the growth stages more quickly than usual. Some crop protection products have a narrow window for application, such as fungicides for suppression of fusarium head blight. 
  • Scout Your Oat Fields for Crown Rust
    • Crown rust pathogens have overcome the resistance in some popular oat varieties. Crown rust has been reported in the northern United States. Producers should review current crown rust resistance ratings and scout for the disease.
  • Cutworm Reminder
    • Cutworms are being noted in fields around the province this year. Scout your fields and review the basic information about this pest.
  • Thinking about an Early-season Fungicide Application in Wheat?
    • An early season fungicide, often applied at herbicide timing may be worthwhile, but there are many factors that influence response. Early season fungicides will not protect the flag leaf.
  • Irrigation Scheduling
    • The potential benefits of irrigation to crops are enormous, but require skilful balancing of crop water use, rainfall events and appropriate irrigation water applications.
  • Are you seeing any speckled lentil leaves?
    • With prolonged wet conditions can come physiological reactions that are not caused by plant disease.
  • Stripe rust: Don’t forget to look for it
    • Stripe rust has been confirmed on winter wheat in Saskatchewan. Growers should be on the look-out for stripe rust in winter wheat and susceptible spring wheat varieties.
  • Top-up Nitrogen
    • Whether crop growing conditions have improved, protein premium signals are in the market newsletters, or something went wrong during seeding, here is what you need to think about for a top-up nitrogen application.

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