Glenn: CWRS With Better Fusarium Tolerance

Canterra Seeds has a limited supply of Glenn wheat for 2009. The variety from North Dakota has better fusarium tolerance, which has made it popular in that state. It will appeal to many Manitoba growers who face the threat of fusarium head blight (FHB) every year. Glenn is still only “fair” for FHB tolerance, but it’s among the best we’ve got. It also has leaf rust resistance. The variety has full registration in Canada under the Canadian Western Red Spring (CWRS) class. That makes it the first DNS to get full registration in Canada.

WHAT IS YOUR “FOOTPRINT?”

Kristen Williamson of Manitoba Agriculture unveiled the HOLOS Greenhouse Gas Calculator (GHG) at Assiniboine Community College (ACC)’s Prairie Innovation Forum in March. The software will help a farm calculate its greenhouse gas emissions and suggest ways to reduce them. Ag Canada developed the software and will test it on 1,500 farms across the country. The calculator should be available for general use by 2010.

Meanwhile, you can test your own personal footprint at the Global Footprint Network (www.footprintnetwork.org).Currently, the only countries available for the calculator are the U. S. and Australia. I clicked on the U. S. and answered the questions honestly. It says if everyone lived like me, we’d need 5.6 planets to supply the resources. Murray Puffalt from Saskatchewan told us about another environmental footprint calculator at http://co2x.com/Clickon “Calculate my footprint” under the photo of the plant in the middle of the page.

STELLAR COMBINES THREE ACTIVES

New Stellar herbicide from Dow AgroSciences is billed as a tool for broadleaf weed control and resistant-weed management in cereal crops in the Black Soil Zone. With two modes of action, Stellar controls tough broadleaf weeds including group-2 resistant biotypes of cleavers, hemp-nettle and kochia. The active ingredients are fluroxypyr and MCPA, both group 4s, and florasulam, a group 2. Tank mix partners for grass weed control include Axial and Everest.

MORE TRUE LOOSE SMUT IN BARLEY SEED

Barley seed tests at 20/20 Seed Labs have shown a big jump in true loose smut. At this point in 2008-09, 28.6 per cent of all samples tested at the lab have some level of infection. At the same point last year, 10.9 per cent were infected. If you’re using your own seed, a test is probably worthwhile, but it takes seven to eight business days to get a test completed. With seeding close, you might rather just hedge your bets and treat the seed with something that protects against true loose smut.

Barry Little, client services manager with 20/20 Seed Labs in Nisku, Alta., says the highest levels of infection have been found on seed from southwest Saskatchewan and southern Alberta. If you farm in those areas and you plan to use your own seed, treating is a good option. Or you might source seed from another region. Again, testing is the best way to know for sure but time is against you.

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