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As one of the world’s largest barley exporters, Canada grows more than 50 varieties for feed, malt, food and bioproducts. More than 7 million acres are seeded to barley, producing more than 8 million tonnes annually. Researchers are continually developing new cultivars to meet domestic and global needs.

Disease control starts with the seed

There are several barley varieties with strong ratings for disease resistance, however there remains a high risk of seed-, residue- and soil-borne diseases with this crop. To manage seedling disease, barley seed should be treated with a seed treatment. Growing barley in a three- or four-year rotation also helps reduce risk against such diseases as fusarium, barley stripe, rust, scald, smut, net blotch and root rot. When rotation is not enough an application of a foliar fungicide will also help manage leaf and head diseases.

Folicur EW
From flag leaf timing, right through to heading, Folicur® EW provides proven disease protection for barley.
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Prosaro West
Get superior yield and quality with Prosaro® fungicide, the best defense for leaf and head diseases in your barley, including fusarium head blight.
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Raxil® seed treatments provide you with first-class disease control and a stronger, faster emergence that helps your field realize its full potential. Raxil lays the groundwork for a successful season.
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Manage weeds to protect yield

Weeds will compete against the barley for light, nutrients and moisture, ultimately robbing the crop of its yield potential. Serious yield losses have been seen in fields where weeds were not controlled, and losses are still an issue in many barley fields across Canada. Prior to seeding, weeds can be managed in several ways including the use of weed-free seed, increasing seeding rates,and applying a pre-seed glyphosate burn-off. In season, the best means of controlling weeds is with a post-emergent herbicide.

Puma Advance
Puma® Advance is a wild oat specialist that provides growers the ability to move freely between barley and wheat without cleaning out their sprayer.
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Confidently clean your barley fields with the powerful, all-in-one, grass and broadleaf weed control of Tundra® herbicide.
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Consider options for insect control

Insecticides can help to prevent crop loss, however growers have to consider predators of the pest along with the pest itself. Threats to barley include wireworms, cutworms, grasshoppers and barley thrips. Damage from insect pests can be minimized by cultural practices and proper use of insecticides. Use an integrated management approach when dealing with insects and always follow label directions.


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