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Production Notes from 2009
Precipitation in seasonGeneral weather
April 11.5 mmCooler than normal, no standing water
May 28 mm +
25 mm
15 nights were below zero 10 inch snow mid May.
June 11.0 mmFrost on 2, 6 and 17
July 84.6 mmNot one day over 28C
August 70.1 mmShowers through last week of Aug
Total 230.1 mm
  • Started planting May 5, finished June 1.
  • Frost in May severely set back early seeded canola and winter cereals and hay.
  • Cool days and nights in June slowed or reduced herbicide activity.
  • Sprayed all cereals for leaf and head disease due to significant problems last year.
  • Did not spray any of the wheat for midge.
  • No significant precipitation through Sept.
  • Began harvest winter wheat August 27, completed harvest Sept. 30.
  • Rain delays accounted for 2 lost harvest days in that period.
  • Extremely high temp and no rainfall provided best case scenario to improve maturity lag and ensure top quality in all grain harvested.


  • SNOWSTAR: Secan
    • non-bearded, hollow stemmed hard white wheat variety
    • surprising yield in the high 60's.
    • early maturing with good straw strength.
    • good rust and bunt disease resistance package.
    • premiums offered by Richardson Pioneer.
    • Protein quite low compared to other wheat varieties.
  • AC LILLIAN: Secan
    • solid stemmed red spring wheat - resistant to sawfly
    • very similar to Barrie wheat for yield and agronomics
    • yield in the high 50.
    • good disease package.
    • has some lodging issues but more than makes up for it with sawfly resistance.
  • INFINITY: Canterra
    • hard red spring wheat
    • slightly earlier than Barrie
    • yield in the 60's.
    • good disease especially rust resistance. However is prone to fusarium.
    • protein higher than Superb.
    • can have some lodging issues especially on headlands or highly fertilized areas.
  • 5602: Viterra
    • bearded hard red spring wheat.
    • yields in the mid 50's.
    • avg. maturity with good straw strength
    • best in the market for fusarium resistance.
  • 5400IP: Viterra
    • utilized in IP Warburton contracts with Viterra.
    • very good yield, 50-60 bu/ac. Protein >13.8%.
    • agronomics very similar to AC Barrie i.e.lodging, disease, fusarium.
    • good standability.
    • some concern with bleaching vs other HRS varieties.
  • BW859 WHEAT: Syngenta
    • Clearfield wheat developed by Syngenta Colorado.
    • bearded, medium height, medium maturity with good standability
    • yielded high 40's bu/ac at 1 bushel seeding rate due to very early seeding and very dry spring moisture conditions.
    • appears to have good fusarium and other disease package.
    • Likely marketed with partner of Richardson Pioneer.
  • GLENN: Canterra
    • HRS wheat with US origins.
    • yield and agronomics very similar to Superb.
    • bearded.
    • later maturity which is slight concern 2-3 days later than AC Barrie
    • best tolerance to fusarium head blight available.
    • HRS wheat with wheat midge tolerance.
    • yield in low 70's grading a #1 high protein.
    • bearded.
    • medium maturity.
    • May experience some lodging in good fertile conditions.
    • release in 2010


  • AC METCALFE: Secan
    • most popular 2 row malt variety available.
    • good standability but heads will break off if too mature.
    • good bushel weight with yield in the 80's. Planted back on barley stubble requiring fungicide application at weed spraying and at heading time.
    • second most popular 2 row malt variety available.
    • good standability with improved shattering resistance vs Metcalfe.
    • Minimal losses after standing through harvest.
  • CDC LANDIS: Parrish and Heimbecker
    • Experimental 2 row malt variety.
    • good standability as is medium to short in height.
    • Minimal losses after standing through harvest.
    • Good disease package.
    • Yield in the high 80's with low seeding rate.


  • 2 Row -
    CDC COALITION: Canterra
    • 2 row, rough awned feed.
    • excellent standability as fairly short.
    • bushel weight of mid 50's. Very similar characteristics of Xena
    • big plump kernel.
    • easy to straight cut.
    • yield in mid 90's even with heavy wild oat pressure.
  • FORAGE -
    • 2 row, rough awned forage barley.
    • decent standing, high dry matter yield. Slightly better than Ranger, Virden.
    • good seed yield.
    • Mixed with Baler oats and Tucker forage peas silage yield experienced from 7 - 11 tonne/ac.


  • LEGGETT: FarmPure
    • high yielding milling oat.
    • yield like Pinnacle with higher bushel weight and lower hull content.
    • good resistance to stem and leaf rust.
    • medium maturity.
    • yielded 130 bu/ac weighing 42 lb/bu.
    • Accepted by Can Oat Milling in Portage.
  • CDC BALER: FarmPure
    • excellent forage oat. Leaves like corn plants. Good standability.
    • Forage tests across the prairies show it as a good green feed or silage component.
    • Forage yields 6-7 tonne/ac alone as green feed.


  • BUNKER: FarmPure
    • spring seeded.
    • awnletted variety, slightly better fusarium tolerance
    • earlier maturity, good stem and leaf rust resistance
    • yielded 70 bu/ac
  • FRIDGE: FarmPure
    • fall seeded.
    • excellent winter survival - far better than Bobcat.
    • early straw development and good straw strength.
    • hail and heavy wind and rains reduced yield to 65bu/ac. Initial stand appeared to have 80+bu/ac potential.


  • CDC BUTEO: SeCan
    • medium height.
    • good disease package and kernel quality.
    • qualifies for CWB select program providing additional $10/tonne premium
    • protein in crop was 14.1%.
  • PTARMIGAN: Western Ag Labs
    • Awnless
    • White winter wheat with soft seed texture. Grades as General purpose.
    • Yield monitor showed high 90's yield potential.


  • HAZLET: SeCan
    • medium height, medium maturity.
    • excellent kernel size, translating into good bushel weight.
    • Only yielded mid 40's due to foxtail barley field contamination.
    • Won Grand Champion Fall Rye at 2007 Agribition at Regina.


  • ALL STAR II: Brett Young
    • Perennial turf seed grass. Underseeded to HRS wheat in 2008 with good establishment.
    • Poor yield only grossing 650 lb/ac. Net yield 500 lb/ac @ $.50/lb.
    • Applied Headline fungicide this year in addition to 100lb N and Puma and Attain herbicide.
    • Early spring cold weather and frost limited upper yield potential. Weed issues and volunteer wheat also limited yield potential.


    • direct seeded into stubble June 1.
    • Emergence was variable due to ground cover of the stubble. The best emergence was on a 8 acre portion that was black due to summerfallow. Emergence was 5 days earlier, 2X the plant stand and 2.5X higher yield. Therefore it is essential that the ground be warm and beans planted into a good seed bed. Yield on best part was in mid teens. Some of our customers with this variety were achieving net yields in 25-27 bu/ac.
    • NOTE: soybeans still have a steep learning curve before attempting in a large scale in eastern Saskatchewan. Plant what you can afford to lose.


  • CDC PROSPER: Crop Development Centre
    • medium maturity
    • good standability
    • very small, round pea 160 g/tkw
    • powdery mildew resistant
    • yielded in mid 50's

  • CDC MEADOW: Crop Development Centre
    • medium maturity
    • good standability
    • medium sized, round pea
    • powdery mildew resistant
    • yielded 50's


  • CDC PATRICK: Crop Development Centre
    • Medium height green pea. Stands up well. Easy to straight cut.
    • nice round seed shape.
    • powdery mildew resistant.
    • good yielding mid 50 bu/ac.
    • Good color retention


  • 4010: FarmPure
    • excellent forage/silage pea.
    • small seed size with lots of biomass.
    • could stretch 5-6 feet long.
    • high in sugar content.
  • CDC TUCKER: Crop Development Centre
    • yellow semi-leafless forage pea.
    • biomass 10% > 4010.
    • small seed size - low seeding rate.
    • good standability.
    • long vined, small seeded annual legume plant.
    • excellent green manure crop providing most N of all annual legumes.
    • tall, multi-colored flower - looks like sweet peas in the flower garden.
    • grows up to 5 feet tall but falls over flat when maturing.
    • supposedly has tremendous gopher and mole killing potential when early seedling.
    • plant around 70 lb/ac.
    • zero tannin type, annual.
    • medium height, medium maturity.
    • seed size small for faba beans 260-280 g tkw
    • should plant at least 180-200 lb/ac.
    • very high N fixing annual legume.
    • needs rain in August to fill to its potential.
    • yielded 60 bu/ac. Top potential 80+ bu/ac.
    • edible market with companies in Manitoba, most feed mills. Parrheim Foods in Saskatoon bought our surplus in 2008.


  • planted May 20 with FlexiCoil 5000 air drill. 100 ft by 2000 ft plot not replicated.
  • 230 mm rainfall in crop.
  • Barley stubble - applied 100N 25P 0K 25S
  • Vantage Plus Max applied May 16 preseed, round up applied 2 X 0.5 l/ac in crop.
  • swathed September 9, harvest Sept. 29.
Canterra 184152.18 bu/ac
Canterra 195651.21 bu/ac
Canterra 1768S52.51 bu/ac
Canterra 185250.48 bu/ac
Brett Young 99743.16 bu/ac
Brett Young 442444.16 bu/ac
Monsanto 714547.29 bu/ac
FPG 93H0152.074 bu/ac
Victory 103754.09 bu/ac
Lance vs unsprayed for sclerotinia control Lanceunsprayed
Invigor 544039.11 bu/ac38.69 bu/ac
Heat Pre-emergent in field peasHeatVantage Plus
CDC Prosper Pea No Difference


  • TUA tech fee is now attached to the bag when the canola is paid for. There is still a small amount of paper work however the biggest change is the fee will be paid when the canola seed is paid for.
  • Superior and long lasting wireworm control in cereals.
  • Also noticed earlier emergence and more uniform and vigorous plant stands.
  • Observed better root mass development and more tiller development.
  • For the extra couple dollars per acre would recommend this vs regular cereal seed treatment on any variety you are given the option of treatment.
  • required to grower to complete a one time sign up with Bayer before receiving LL canola, corn or soybeans.
  • similar format to Monsanto as grower agrees to only grow one crop from the seed you purchase.
  • Can sign up at the retail point of sale or on-line.
  • There is no cost but be aware the seed is now more expensive with the price of the herbicide reduced from last year.
  • BASF now requires Clearfield Commitment Fee of $30/bag of canola seed.
  • price reconciled at the time of seed settlement.
  • Before customer purchases any midge tolerant wheat they must sign a stewardship agreement which outlines the responsibility of the grower to ensure he does not propagate variety one year past certified. This is to ensure that the fragile, single gene resistance is maintained as long as possible.
  • There is no cost to the agreement but it does identify the responsibilities of the grower and the risks associated with not following the guidelines.
  • Offerred specifically by Richardson (Pioneer Grain) and only in select locations i.e. Whitewood, Balgonie, Shoal Lake, Minnedosa
  • premium of $15/tonne plus storage premiums.
  • guaranteed 100% acceptance and delivery of #1 and 2.


  • 7145 RR:
    • Hybrid
    • Medium maturity, medium height
    • Good standability
    • Good early season vigor
  • 7255 RR:
    • Hybrid
    • Medium maturity, slightly later than 7145
    • Tremendous performance under good fertility and moisture
  • NEW 1950:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (124% checks)
    • 2 inches taller than checks with good lodging resistance
  • NEW 1956:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (119% checks)
    • R to blackleg and fusarium wilt
  • 1855H:
    • Hybrid RR
    • Excellent yield potential
    • Very good lodging resistance
  • 1852H:
    • Hybrid RR
    • High yield potential, good standability
    • Very tolerant to wet spring conditions.
  • 1841H:
    • Hybrid RR
    • Long maturing
    • Superior standability, easy to swath
  • 1768S:
    • Synthetic RR
    • Very high yield potential, medium maturity
    • Excellent lodging resistance
  • 1818:
    • Open Pollinated RR
    • Great harvestability, short plant
    • High yield potential
    • Yield enhancing inoculant for canola. Avg. yield increase of 8%.
    • Produces better vigor and a healthier canola plant.
    • Helix fungicide compatible.
    • Phosphate based seed coating used to improve the performance of seed
    • Helps with early seed development and root initialization.
    • Reduces dusting off of insecticide and fungicide seed treatments.
    • Available on top Brett Young varieties at no additional cost.
  • NEW 6040RR:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (124% checks)
    • 2 inches taller than checks with good lodging resistance
  • NEW 6020RR and 6130RR
  • 4414H:
    • Hybrid RR
    • High yield potential
    • Excellent standability
  • 4362H:
    • Hybrid RR
    • Early maturity - good fit for winter wheat production
    • Excellent standability
  • 997:
    • Open Pollinated RR
    • Medium maturity with vigorous plant development
    • Medium tall in height
    • We have personally multiplied this variety for Brett Young.
  • 93H01:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield, with early seedling vigor
    • Maturity similar to checks.
  • 83S01:
    • Composite Hybrid
    • Excellent yield, tall straw but good lodging resistance
    • Very early maturing
  • 5020:
    • Treated with Prosper
  • 5440:
    • Good standing, medium maturity.
    • Next level of yield plateau for Invigor varieties.
  • 8440:
    • Good standing, slightly earlier than 5440.
    • Slightly lower yielding than 5440
  • 5770:
    • 135% yield of checks
    • Slightly later maturing


  • Foremost with Helix

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