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Field scouting doesn’t stop with the combine, but it does become more specific, according to Dr. Vikram Bisht, pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture. “Usually, to scout for soil-borne pathogens is not an easy thing because you have to do a lot of laboratory work, but if you have the pathogens which survive in the crop residue
Effects of the drought-stricken crop of 1980 dominated the front page of our September 11, 1980 issue. Manitoba Crop Insurance anticipated a possible payout of $100 million, its highest on record. Crops farther west had suffered less than in Manitoba, and Statistics Canada was forecasting a larger Prairie wheat crop than the previous year, but
Diamondback moth continues to be a concern in some areas, although it is the pupa stage that is now dominant in some fields. Soybean aphids surpassed economic threshold in some fields. In some soybean fields natural enemy populations seem to be building in response to the soybean aphids. Bertha armyworms are being monitored, and high levels of larvae have
Hot and humid weather conditions across much of the province are advancing crops quickly. Winter cereals and some early seeded spring cereals are starting to turn. Areas in the Southwest, Northwest and Central regions are well below normal precipitation and would benefit from rain. Thunderstorms brought damaging winds and hail to some areas of Manitoba.
Fusarium head blight risk maps are posted daily courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture. During the winter wheat flowering period up to the end of the flowering period for spring wheat, these risk maps will be provided for you here. The map above shows the current risk for fusarium head blight development based on the previous seven days of temperature and
Thistle caterpillar has been noted in some soybean and sunflower fields. Some levels of diamondback moth larvae approaching threshold have been noted in some canola fields in the southwest. There have been additional reports of suspected Phytophthora root rot in soybean. Growers in the western part of Manitoba are considering whether or not to make a fungicide application for
Precipitation amounts are below average for much of the province. Crops in the Southwest Region and the western part of the Central region would benefit from moisture. Crops in most regions are in good to excellent condition. Warmer temperatures are improving growth of warm season crops. Insect and disease pressure remains low in field crops.
It’s time to turn a weather eye on cereal crops for fusarium infections. Fusarium head blight damaged a lot of Manitoba spring wheat last year and farmers should be assessing this year’s risk from the fungal disease that can cut wheat quality and yield. Since wheat is most susceptible to fusarium infection at flowering, early
This is a seeding season where pre-planting testing of wheat seed is an important first step, and seed treatments may be more important than ever. With unprecedented levels of fusarium head blight infection in Manitoba wheat in 2016, farmers should get their wheat seed tested for germination, consider testing for the presence of pathogens and