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Winter Wheat

Timing is crucial when it comes to seeding winter wheat. Winter wheat has its greatest success when it is seeded in late August to mid September. A well-managed crop can have a 20 percent yield advantage over spring wheat. Winter wheat is seeded on about 1 million acres in Western Canada as growers use the crop to help break up pest cycles and spread out workload throughout the year. In Western Canada winter wheat is seeded into standing stubble, primarily canola stubble, to trap snow and moisture over the winter months. In the rest of Canada, where winter-kill is less of a threat, winter wheat can be seeded into tilled fields.

Stress Shield
Stress Shield® seed treatment insecticide provides superior insect protection against wireworms, European chafer and Japanese beetle larvae to help your wheat thrive during critical early development stages.
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Raxil PRO
Raxil PRO seed treatment fungicide provides wheat growers with outstanding protection from a wide range of seed- and soil-borne diseases including fusarium and true loose smut.
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Management practices help reduce threat from disease

When Canadian growers first started growing winter wheat, rust devastated crops and made producers nervous about giving the crop a second chance. New disease management technologies and strategies have changed the situation completely. However despite these advancements, currently registered varieties still have low levels of disease resistance. Crop rotation, seed treatments and a fungicide application remain the best ways to keep disease out of the crop. Some common diseases in winter wheat include common root rot, ergot, fusarium head blight, seed- and soil-borne fusarium, pythium, rusts, Septoria, snow mould, tan spot, and wheat streak mosaic virus.

Prosaro East
Get superior yield and quality with Prosaro® fungicide, the best defense against the broadest spectrum of leaf and head diseases, including fusarium head blight in your wheat.
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Stratego PRO
Improve quality and yield with Stratego® PRO fungicide. You'll be protected from many devastating diseases including leaf rust, stripe rust, powdery mildew and septoria leaf blotch.
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Take advantage of a competitive crop

There are few crops in Canada that are as competitive as winter wheat, making them easier to manage than many other options. As with all crops however, they require a weed-free period in order to ensure establishment, the difference with winter wheat is that this primarily occurs in the fall. Common weeds include winter annual weeds like stinkweed, shepherd’s purse, narrow leaved hawk’s beard and flixweed and fall germinated cleavers.

Buctril M
For over 40 years Buctril® M herbicide has delivered reliable, fast-acting control of more than 28 broadleaf weeds to protect your cereal crops.
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Resistant or not, powerful Infinity herbicide provides you with the ability to take out the toughest broadleaf weeds in your wheat including Canada fleabane.
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Manage insect pressure in the field

Early maturity relative to spring planted cereals is an advantage, as it makes the crop less susceptible to insects at a critical time in its development. However scouting remains the most effective tool to manage insect infestations with a timely insecticide application. Wheat curl mites can be an issue as they are hosts for the wheat streak mosaic virus. The disease can remain virulent within the mites for up to a week. Other insects to watch for are aphids, the hessian fly, wheat stem fly and wheat stem maggot.


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