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Production Notes from 2011
Precipitation in seasonGeneral weather
April 125 mmBlizzard of century 4/29. 50mm rain; 55cm snow. Total rain equiv.=125mm
May 95.7 mm14 days of sunshine in month. Last frost day May 2.
June 66.8 mm14 days of sunshine, 2 days with lows 6C
July 73.41 mm21 days of sunshine, eight days at/over 28C
August 100.10 mm2 days over 28C
September 15.4 mmlast 29 days rain free. First frost 9/14
October35.56 mmMin low -3C, max high 24C.
Total 512.0 mm646.13 mm previous year same period.
  • Started mudding May 21, totally frustrated June 12. Total ground seeded 500 ac.
  • Aerially planted 1100ac canola May 23.
  • Sprayed all canola by air initially. Ground sprayed again early July.
  • Had to spray winter wheat for rust late July.
  • No significant precipitation end June to end of September.
  • Began harvest winter wheat August 19, completed harvest Sept.
  • Began planting winter wheat August 25.
  • Prolonged dry weather from end of June to end of Setp. resulted in all 4000 ac of smf to be worked numerous times.

WHEAT

  • SNOWSTAR: Secan
    • non-bearded, hollow stemmed hard white wheat variety
    • 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
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Increasing use locally in Warburton wheat program through Viterra and Paterson.
  • UNITY/WASKADA: Secan
    • HRS wheat with wheat midge tolerance.
    • 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
    • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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
    • 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.

PERENNIAL RYE GRASS

  • ALL STAR II: Pickseed
    • Perennial turf seed grass. Underseeded to HRS wheat in 2010 with good establishment.
    • Excellent yield grossing 1000 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 LIBAU AND ANOLA SOYBEAN
    • Customers in Manitoba reported yields in high 20's, low 30's.
    • No fertilizer applied. Seed package with inoculant and TUA approx. $70/ac.
    • Gross return $280-$350/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 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: FP Genetics
    • 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.
    • Top potential 80+ bu/ac.
    • edible market with companies in Manitoba, most feed mills. Parrheim Foods in Saskatoon bought our surplus

CANOLA - PLOT YIELD FOR 2011:

No plots were planted in 2011.

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
CANTERRA

  • NEW 1970:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (136% of checks)
    • 2 inches taller than checks with good lodging resistance
  • NEW 1990:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield potential (103% of 5440)
    • 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

  • 94H04:
    • Hybrid
    • Excellent yield, with early seedling vigor
    • Maturity earlier than checks.
  • 83S01:
    • Composite Hybrid
    • Excellent yield, tall straw but good lodging resistance
    • Very early maturing
  • LIBERTY LINK CANOLA

BAYER:

  • L130:
    • Good standing, medium maturity.
  • L150:
    • 135% yield of checks

CANOLA - CONVENTIONAL

  • Eagle with Gaucho
  • Reward (Polish type) with Gaucho
  • Forage - Dwarf Essex

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