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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.

Raxil® seed treatments provide you with first-class disease control and a stronger, faster emergence that helps your field realize its full potential. With superior overwintering, Raxil lays the groundwork for a successful season.
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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.

Folicur EW
From flag leaf timing, right through to heading, Folicur® EW provides proven disease protection, including rust in winter wheat.
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Get superior yield and quality with Prosaro® fungicide, the best defense for leaf and head diseases including protection from fusarium head blight.
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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.

Wheat growers love Varro® for its powerful control of grass weeds like wild oats even if they are resistant to Group-1 chemistries.
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Velocity m3
All-in-one Velocity m3 for wheat combines the power of three different herbicide Groups in one solution for superior control of the toughest grass and broadleaf weeds.
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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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