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Production Notes from 2010
Precipitation in seasonGeneral weather
April 75 mmVery little snow left April 1
May 102.95 mm7 days of sunshine in month
June 112.10 mm3 days of sunshine, no frost
July 73.41 mm7 days of sunshine, one day at or over 28C
August 150.88 mm2 days over 28C, 14 days rain free
September 45.41 mm1 day over 28, 9 days rain free.
October36.58+50mm1st 22 days sunny, clear, 1st blizzard Oct. 26
Total 646.13 mm
  • Started planting April 21, finished June 2.
  • 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 by air.
  • Did not spray any of the wheat for midge.
  • No significant precipitation end Sept. to
  • Began harvest winter wheat August 19, completed harvest Oct. 14
  • Rain delays accounted for 29 lost harvest days in that period.
  • Prolonged wet weather from end of Aug. to end of Sept. resulted in 35% of crop harvested tough and all cereals were straight cut.

WHEAT

  • SNOWSTAR: Secan
    • non-bearded, hollow stemmed hard white wheat variety
    • surprising yield in the high 50'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
    • did not plant this year due to declining use.
  • INFINITY: Canterra
    • hard red spring wheat
    • slightly earlier than Barrie
    • yield in the 60's with one quarter in the low 70'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.
    • Increasing use locally in Warburton wheat program through Viterra and Paterson.
  • 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 and fusarium.
  • BW859 WHEAT: Syngenta
    • Clearfield wheat developed by Syngenta Colorado.
    • bearded, medium height, medium maturity with good standability
    • had some issues with shattering when left too long standing in field.
    • Did have some mildew issues through long wet fall.
    • yielded high 50's bu/ac
    • appears to have good fusarium and other disease package.
    • marketed by Richardson Pioneer.
  • GLENN: Canterra
    • HRS wheat with US origins.
    • yield and agronomics very similar to Superb.
    • bearded. Yield in the low 60's.
    • later maturity which is slight concern 2-3 days later than AC Barrie
    • best tolerance to fusarium head blight available.
    • Very good grading through wet weather. Grading #2 with high protein.
  • UNITY/WASKADA: Secan
    • HRS wheat with wheat midge tolerance.
    • yield in low 70's grading a #2 high protein.
    • bearded.
    • medium maturity.
    • May experience some lodging in good fertile conditions.
    • Had some threshing issues with white caps
  • AC UTMOST - FP Genetics
    • Midge resistant non-bearded wheat
    • Refuge mixed with Harvest
    • Very similar characteristics agronomically to Harvest
    • Yield in the 50's with 50 lb/ac seed rate.
    • Good weathering resistance and standability.
  • AC CARBERRY - Secan
    • My production grown by Mark Keating in Russell, MB
    • Bearded, tall semi dwarf.
    • MR to fusarium
    • 0.5% better protein than Superb
    • 15% higher yield than Barrie
    • Excellent seed weight.
  • AC SADASH - Secan
    • Awned soft white spring wheat
    • Yield in the 70's. similar to AC Andrew
    • Semi dwarf, short, strong straw.
    • Accepted by all ethanol producers such as Husky, Minnedosa, WIT at Weyburn, Terra at Belle Plain

BARLEY: MALT

  • 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 60's. Planted back on barley stubble requiring fungicide application at weed spraying and at heading time.
  • CDC COPELAND: Secan
    • second most popular 2 row malt variety available.
    • good standability with improved shattering resistance vs Metcalfe.
    • Minimal losses after standing through harvest.
  • AC MAJOR: Viterra
    • 2 row malt variety.
    • good standability medium in height.
    • Minimal losses after standing through harvest.
    • Good disease package.
    • Yield in the high 70's with low seeding rate.
  • STELLAR: Canterra
    • 6 row US malt variety.
    • potential replacement for Tradition and Legacy
    • 1 inch shorter and better standability than Tradition. Easier to straight cut.
    • good disease package, slightly better for fusarium than other 6 row malts.

BARLEY: FEED

  • 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.
  • FORAGE -
    CDC COWBOY: SECAN
    • 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.

OATS

  • LEGGETT: FP Genetics
    • 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, Grain Millers - Yorkton.
  • CDC BALER: FP Genetics
    • 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.

TRITICALE

  • TYNDALL: Secan
    • reduced awn length
    • high silage and grain yield equal to AC Ultima
    • suited for multi-purpose users: silage, green feed or feed grain, well adapted to high fertility areas or heavily manured areas.
    • yielded 30 bu/ac due to poor seed bed, heavy early weed presence.
  • FRIDGE: Friendly Acres Seed Farm
    • fall seeded.
    • excellent winter survival - far better than Bobcat.
    • early straw development and good straw strength.

WINTER WHEAT

  • 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 13.1%. Yield in the high 60's.
  • PTARMIGAN: Western Ag Labs
    • Awnless
    • White winter wheat with soft seed texture. Grades as General purpose.
    • Yield monitor showed high 90's yield potential.

FALL RYE

  • HAZLET: SeCan
    • medium height, medium maturity.
    • excellent kernel size, translating into good bushel weight.
    • Only yielded mid 50's due to saturated soil conditions and reseeding back on rye stubble.
    • Won Grand Champion Fall Rye at 2007 Agribition at Regina.

PERENNIAL RYE GRASS

  • ALL STAR II: Brett Young
    • Perennial turf seed grass. Underseeded to HRS wheat in 2009 with good establishment.
    • Excellent yield grossing 1100 lb/ac. Net yield 800 lb/ac @ $.50/lb.
    • Applied Headline fungicide this year in addition to 100lb N and Puma and Attain herbicide.

SOYBEANS

  • NSC WARREN SOYBEAN
    • Only thing we didn't get planted this year.
    • Customers in Russell, Foxwarren and Binscarth, MB reported yields in high 20's, low 30's.
    • No fertilizer applied. Seed package with inoculant and TUA approx. $70/ac.
    • Some of our customers with this variety were achieving net yields in 25-27 bu/ac.
    • Gross return $280-$300/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.

PEAS: YELLOW

  • 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

PEAS: GREEN

  • 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

PEAS: SPECIALTY

  • 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.
  • AC GREENFIX CHICKLING VETCH: SS Johnson Seeds
    • do not have any production this year.
    • 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.
  • SNOWBIRD FABA BEAN: Innoseeds
    • 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 30 bu/ac. Due to soil saturation through out growing season. Top potential 80+ bu/ac.
    • edible market with companies in Manitoba, most feed mills. Parrheim Foods in Saskatoon bought our surplus in 2008 and 2009.

CANOLA - PLOT YIELD FOR 2010:

  • planted May 18 with Bourgault 5710 air drill. 300 ft by 800 ft plot not replicated.
  • 523 mm rainfall in crop.
  • Wheat 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 184142 bu/ac
Canterra 191841 bu/ac
Canterra 195645 bu/ac
Canterra 181841 bu/ac
Canterra 185244 bu/ac
Canterra 195042.5 bu/ac
Brett Young 613045 bu/ac
FGP Experimental46 bu/ac
FPG 93H0137 bu/ac
Victory 104043 bu/ac
Victory 103742 bu/ac
Lance vs unsprayed for sclerotinia control LanceUnsprayed
Victory 104042.4 bu/ac38.5 bu/ac
BioBoost in CanolaBioboosrNo Bioboost
Invigor 5440 41.938.5

NEW PROGRAMS AND OTHER INFORMATION:

MONSANTO TUA PROCESS:
  • 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.
CRUISER MAX:
  • 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.
LIBERTY AND TRAIT AGREEMENT:
  • 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.
CLEARFIELD COMMITMENT PROGRAM:
  • BASF now requires Clearfield Commitment Fee of $30/bag of canola seed.
  • price reconciled at the time of seed settlement.
WHEAT MIDGE STEWARDSHIP AGREEMENT:
  • 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.

MAJOR CANOLA VARIETIES WE MARKET

  • ROUND UP READY
DEKALB
  • 7345 RR:
    • Hybrid
    • Medium maturity, medium height
    • Very Good standability
    • Good early season vigor
  • 3465 RR:
    • Non-Hybrid
    • Medium maturity, slightly later than 7145
    • Tremendous performance under good fertility and moisture
CANTERRA
  • NEW 1970:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (136% checks)
    • 2 inches taller than checks with good lodging resistance
  • NEW 1956:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (119% checks)
    • R to blackleg and fusarium wilt
  • 1852H:
    • Hybrid RR
    • High yield potential, good standability
    • Very tolerant to wet spring conditions
  • 1818:
    • Open Pollinated RR
    • Great harvestability, short plant
    • High yield potential
BRETT YOUNG
  • BIOBOOST:
    • Yield enhancing inoculant for canola. Avg. yield increase of 8%.
    • Produces better vigor and a healthier canola plant.
    • Helix fungicide compatible.
  • ULTRACOAT:
    • 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 6060RR:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (134% checks)
    • Excellent standability
    • 2 days later than checks
  • 997:
    • Open Pollinated RR
    • Medium maturity with vigorous plant development
    • Medium tall in height
    • We have personally multiplied this variety for Brett Young.
FP GENETICS
  • 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
  • LIBERTY LINK CANOLA
BAYER:
  • 5440:
    • Good standing, medium maturity.
  • 5770:
    • 135% yield of checks
    • Slightly later maturing
  • 3303:
    • 115% yield of checks
    • MR Blackleg
    • OP type

CANOLA - CONVENTIONAL

  • Foremost with Gaucho
  • Reward (Polish type) with Gaucho

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