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Spring and Durum Wheat

Spring and durum wheat remain the largest crop grown in Canada, with more than 20 million acres planted annually. Growing spring or durum wheat has become more complex as pest profiles shift and the means to control them change. New technology is allowing growers to adjust to these changes while continually increasing quality and yield. Spring and durum wheat planted every spring in Western Canada, contribute $11 billion annually to the Canadian economy. Government, universities and industry groups alike are continually investing in advances in genetics and improvements in crop management.

Proactive disease protection keeps yields and grades high

Disease in any crop is problematic, with some crops disease may reduce yield. That’s not always the case with wheat. Some diseases are capable of taking a high value crop and reducing its grade dramatically. Fusarium head blight can produce mycotoxin deoxynivalenol, which, if consumed can result in a number of health related problems for humans or livestock. Other diseases that can impact wheat include common root rot, seed- and soil-borne fusarium, pythium, septoria, tanspot and rust.

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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Prosaro West
Get superior yield and quality with Prosaro® fungicide, the best defense against the broadest spectrum of leaf and head diseases in your wheat, including fusarium head blight.
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Weed competition can take control of wheat crop

Wheat yields best when it’s not competing for resources. Weeds compete for water, nutrients, space and light with the crop, ultimately resulting in a dramatic reduction in yield. With the increase of herbicide resistant weed biotypes in western Canada rotation of herbicide modes of action and other integrated weed management practices are needed to avoid or manage the growing threat of herbicide resistance.

Infinity FX
With three powerful Groups, new Infinity® FX provides outstanding control of the toughest broadleaf weeds across the Prairies including wild buckwheat, cleavers and kochia, even if they’re resistant to other chemistries.
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New LuxxurTM herbicide provides exceptional control of problematic grass weeds like wild oats and tough broadleaf perennials like dandelions, Canada thistle and narrow-leaved hawk's beard.
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Keep an eye out for insects

Insects can invade any time throughout the growing season, so early and frequent scouting is key for insect management. Insecticide treatments work best when applied in a timely manner which is different for every crop pest combination. Wheat midge can cause shrivelled and cracked seed and need to be controlled in a narrow window at early heading . Grasshoppers, which populations are cyclical, can threaten the crop at nearly any stage and under extreme pressures can kill off over 50 percent of the plant. Other insects that threaten wheat include cutworms, wheat stem sawfly and wireworms.


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