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 industry so careful assessment of acres occurs in the spring.
There are 4 Manitoba Agriculture AgWeather Program weather stations measuring real time soil temperatures in winter wheat fields. The sites are at Crystal City, Kleefeld, Oakburn and Virden. Bookmark the link: ftp://mawpvs.dyndns.org/Tx_DMZ/WWST2016_17.png
In the coming weeks, the data will also be made available to Western Ag for their Winter Cereal Survival Model, available at the following link: http://www.wheatworkers.ca/FowlerSite/winter_cereals/WWModel.php.
I would highly recommend taking the time to read instructions on how to use the site and interpret the results. Click here for instructions on how to use the model.
Submitted by: Pam de Rocquigny, Provincial Cereal Crops Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture
For more weather information on Manitoba Agriculture’s website, visit http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/weather/index.html
For more information on Winter Wheat – Production and Management, visit: http://www.gov.mb.ca/agriculture/crops/production/winter-wheat.html