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
Agronomy Research Extension Manager

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February 2024

We are getting close to daylight saving and full-on into planning for the 2024 growing season!

In this newsletter, we share a variety of timely agronomic resources that assist with finalizing seeding plans and decisions that arise shortly after. We start with the newest prairie research to find out how to use enhanced efficiency fertilizers (EEFs) to benefit CWRS production. You will also find information on seeding planning, including seeding rates, seed treatment, and how to practice ultra-early seeding. Though a couple of months away from dealing with weeds and pests, it is a great idea to develop a record of weeds and check out the insect surveys, so you are prepared for what’s coming.


2023 Plot2Farm results now available

With another year of Plot2Farm completed, we are happy to share the results of these collaborative trials.

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2023 Alberta insect survey maps

The Alberta survey maps for grasshoppers, wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly for 2024 are available. The release of these survey maps is a result of the hard work by Shelley Barkley and her team at Alb…

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Ultra-early seeding - February 2024

With a currently below-average snowpack this winter in most of the province, making the most out of soil moisture becomes more crucial for the upcoming 2024 growing season. One of the ways to take adv…

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Weed management: step-by-step guide for weed field records

One of the earliest and simplest steps in implementing a herbicide resistance management strategy is developing and maintaining field records, either digital or simply on your notebook. 

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How to choose my seed treatments?

Seed treatment is a useful tool to preserve seed quality and help with plant establishment.

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What are the target seeding rates for wheat and barley?

Sowing the right amount of a high-quality seed lot is the foundation for growing a successful wheat and barley crop. It is the first step in achieving the target plant stand, and in turn, the desired …

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Enhanced efficiency nitrogen fertilizer: what does the newest prairie research say?

Nitrogen (N) loss and Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers (EEFs) are becoming increasingly popular topics among farmers and agronomists. EEFs are products with different mechanisms that seek to prevent N …

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