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Spring Options for Applying Nitrogen Fertilizer in 2017

With the wet conditions and delayed harvest experienced in parts of Manitoba in fall 2016, very few farmers were able to complete their fall fertilization program.  Since early seeding is important for optimizing crop yield, producers will be looking for ways to apply their N requirements efficiently without delaying the seeding operation.  In addition, soil […]

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Economics & Agronomics – Crop Management Decisions Need Both!

It’s an obvious statement to say successful farm management decisions need both agronomic and economic considerations. Farmers weigh out input cost versus the benefit to yield and quality of grain before making the decisions to buy and use new or additional products.  Agronomy and economic crop management goes much beyond inputs. Consideration of crop rotation, […]

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Manitoba Crop Report #2 – May 8, 2017

Warm, dry and windy weather have prevailed across much on the province, allowing for field accessibility for field work and seeding. It is estimated 20-25% of seeding is complete, with cereal planting most advanced and field peas, canola, corn also being seeded. For to complete report, visit:  http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/seasonal-reports/crop-report-archive/crop-report-2017-05-08.html

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Monitoring Real-Time Soil Temperatures in Manitoba Winter Wheat Fields

Over the past three winters, Manitoba Agriculture through the AgWeather Program has been measuring soil temperatures real-time in winter wheat fields.  The monitoring of soil temperatures can provide an early indication if there is a concern for winter injury or winterkill.  The earlier a problem is identified or suspected, we are able to provide that information to […]

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IS MY CROP TOO STRESSED FOR HERBICIDE APPLICATION?

‘Is my crop too stressed for herbicide application?’ has been a common question this week. As mentioned in an earlier post, recent wet weather has coincided with the window for post-emergent herbicide application in many crops. The ability of a crop to ‘tolerate’ a herbicide application depends on its capability to metabolize or compartmentalize the […]

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Spring Cleaning – Include Disposal of Old Malathion!

If malathion is in your shed, it may be time to revisit your inventory. According to a recent advisory issued by Health Canada (http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/63150a-eng.php), Malathion products purchased prior to June 2016 should not be used. This advisory applies to all products including agricultural and mosquito control products containing malathion. The advisory was issued because over an […]

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Winter Wheat Survival – Impacted by Fall Management Decisions & the Weather!

For winter wheat, survival through our cold Manitoba winters is directly influenced by fall management decisions, including variety selection, seeding date and depth, adequate plant stands, fertility and stubble height/density. Optimal winter survival can also be influenced by fall weather conditions and snow cover. What is the ideal situation heading into the winter? Plant stage would be […]

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Manitoba Ag Weather Network

Manitoba Agriculture has a number of weather stations across the province that measure air/soil temperature, soil moisture, wind direction and speed.  For local information please visit Central/East/Interlake Regions: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/weather/current-conditions-summary1.html Southwest/Northwest Regions: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/weather/current-conditions-summary2.html Previous Day on Highs/Lows and Average Soil Temperature at: Central/Easter/Interlake:http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/weather/yesterdays-summary1.html  Southwest/Northwest: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/weather/yesterdays-summary2.html Another useful application of the data gathered by the network for […]

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How Can I Reduce Fertilizer Losses in Dry Spring Soils?

Dry spring weather is great for seeding but may play havoc with some fertilizer applications and losses. 1.Seedplaced fertilizer – Where seedbed moisture is low or when weather is hot and windy, reduce the rates of seedplaced nitrogen  by approximately 50 per cent. Table 7 of the Manitoba Soil Fertility Guide  http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/soil-fertility/soil-fertility-guide/nitrogen.html indicates safe rates […]

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What is Waterpod?

Waterpod is: an annual weed occasionally found in agricultural fields; a mobile irrigation system; or a one person submarine?     If you chose a), you’d be right. Waterpod (Ellisia nyctelea L.) is an annual broadleaf plant native to Manitoba.  It’s often found in shaded, wooded areas but can also thrive in ditches and agricultural […]

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Summary of Presentations from the International Congress of Entomology, September 25-30, 2016

Submitted & Summarized by: John Gavloski, Entomologist, Manitoba Agriculture The following link provides highlights from some of the presentations most pertinent to agronomists and farmers in Manitoba. Please contact me for further information on these presentations or meetings. Due to there being concurrent sessions at these meetings, there were many more presentations than what is presented […]

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SEED MANITOBA 2017 NOW AVAILABLE!

SEED MANITOBA 2017, the Variety Selection and Growers Source Guide, is a collaborative effort between Manitoba Agriculture, the Manitoba Seed Growers’ Association and the Manitoba Cooperator.  SEED MANITOBA remains one of the best sources for unbiased variety performance information with yield and quality information collected at various sites across Manitoba. SEED MANITOBA 2017 will be […]

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What’s Wrong with My Spruce Trees?!?

Spruce is a common grown shelterbelt tree in Manitoba. They prefer acid soils, that are coarse textured with good drainage, have adequate water and sheltered from extreme weather conditions.  If conditions are not ideal, the trees will begin to decline and become more susceptible to pests.  If your trees are declining and you are considering using a […]

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What areas of Manitoba received the most rainfall in early October 2016?

The following precipitation maps are provided by Manitoba Agriculture’s Ag Weather Program.  The displayed map shows Total Accumulated Precipitation from October 2 to October 4, 2016.   Total Accumulated Precipitation – October 2 (PDF 304 KB)   Total Accumulated Precipitation – October 3 (PDF 308 KB)   Total Accumulated Precipitation – October 4 (PDF 313 KB) […]

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Seeing Tall Plants in Your Semi-Dwarf Wheat?

Originally published July 24, 2015 If the differences in height are sporadic throughout the field, i.e. the odd plant here and there, it is probably one of three things causing these ‘tall-types’: a result if seed of another variety was inadvertently comingled with the variety you think you have (through cleaning of equipment, bins, harvest, […]

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Crop Germination – What Soil Temperatures are Needed?

Soil temperature drives germination and seedling emergence, so how cold is too cold?  What is your soil temperature at your targeted seeding depth….today? Finally, when should you be measuring the soil temperature? The following are the minimum temperatures needed for germination to begin in various crops.  These values should be regarded as approximate, since germination depends on factors […]

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Updated Cereal/Oilseed/Pulse Maps for Yield, Acreage and Seeding Date Now Available

Manitoba Agriculture’s Crop Industry Branch and MASC has updated and posted yield, acreage and seeding date maps for cereal, oilseed and pulse crops at https://www.masc.mb.ca/masc.nsf/mmpp_index.html The maps can be found at the link above under the heading “Thematic Crop Maps“‎. Time frame in most cases is 2006 to 2015 (10 year), but 2011 to 2015 is also available for soybean, […]

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Seed Placed Fertilizer – Safe Rates

A reminder that if seedbeds turn dry, the safety margin shrinks when applying seed placed fertilizer.  Seedburn can result from ammonia toxicity and/or salt content of fertilizers. For nitrogen, our Soil Fertility Guide provided safe guidelines for seed placed urea on cereals and canola across a range of soil types and seed-fertilizer configurations.  With the […]

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Summary of Insects on Crops in Manitoba in 2016

A “Summary of Insects on Crops in Manitoba in 2016” is posted on the Manitoba Agriculture insect page at the link http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/insects/pubs/2016-summary.pdf This report is based partially on observation by myself and my summer assistant. A large part of this information, however, is based on observations and reports from agronomists, farmers, farm production extension specialists, extension […]

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Many Options to View Current & Past Editions of Seed Manitoba

Did you know you can view the 2017 edition of Seed Manitoba, as well as past editions, on www.seedmb.ca?  Well, you can! Flip-view digital editions of the current guide (2017), as well as the six most recent editions, are available at http://www.seedmb.ca/digital-edition/. Also, full PDF versions are available at http://www.seedmb.ca/digital-edition/pdf-editions-and-separate-section-pdfs/ where you can download the entire […]

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