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Crop Production News 2016 Issue 8

In this issue:

  • 500 Samples - Crop Protection Lab Update
    • Learn more about the 500 samples we saw at the lab this season, and some important information on payment options (hint: we now take credit cards).
  • Damp, Tough Conditions – Tips for Drying Cereal Grains
    • Rain and snow have been hindering harvest operations across much of Saskatchewan. When the conditions are good to go, grain may be coming in damp and tough. 
  • Fall Banding Urea and Anhydrous Ammonia
    • Many fields are ready for soil testing and fall banding while waiting for the right days to complete harvest.   
  • Fall Soil Testing
    • After this year’s big crops, a large amount of nutrients have been removed from the land and exported as nutrients in the grains and oilseeds. The only way to know the level of nutrients left for next year’s crop is to soil test.
  • Highlights from the 2016 Variety Survey
    • The 2016 Variety Survey is out: some change, some stay the same. Popular varieties will all be replaced sooner or later. The Canadian Grain Commission has summarized acres by variety in 2016.
  • Learning more about plant diseases
    • Do you wish you knew more about plant diseases? Watch the Ministry of Agriculture’s blog, Sask AG Now, for monthly disease information.
  • Summary of Insects in Saskatchewan Crops in 2016
    • The crop pest insects of 2016 included cutworms, pea leaf weevil and aphids. Notable but not a crop pest: tent caterpillars also made a wide appearance across the province.

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