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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.

Prosaro East
Get superior yield and quality with Prosaro® fungicide, the best defense for 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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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.

Buctril M
For over 50 years Buctril® M herbicide has delivered reliable, fast-acting control of more than 28 broadleaf weeds to protect your wheat.
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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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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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