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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Western Winter Wheat Initiative


Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Agri-News

A new group aims to offer information and support to winter wheat growers.

“The Western Winter Wheat Initiative is a collaboration among Bayer Crop Science, Richardson International, and Ducks Unlimited,” says Janine Paly, agronomist, Ducks Unlimited. “The purpose of this initiative is to build awareness and credibility of winter wheat as a highly productive crop option for western Canadian farmers.”

Each agronomist in the initiative provides support to producers. “If producers are thinking about growing winter wheat they are able to call us for help. We also have an interactive and comprehensive website. It contains stats that support the benefits of growing winter wheat, provides clear production management guidelines and has tools to help producers grown winter wheat.”

If a producer is planning on growing winter wheat this fall, Paly says now is the time to get things ready.

“If producers are thinking about growing winter wheat, they should start to think about lining their inputs up. They should be getting seed treatments on their farm, setting up their fertilizer with their retailer, sourcing seed, and getting their seeding equipment out of the quonset and ready to go.”

Paly says the recommended time for seeding depends on location in the province.

“For central Alberta, the first weeks of September are ideal,” says Paly. “The further south you go towards Calgary and Lethbridge, that seeding date can be pushed back towards the end of September.”

The Western Winter Wheat Initiative webpage is found here. They can be contacted by phone at 1-866-761-5270 or via email.

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