In the Field with Blair’s AgIntelligence Team – August 18th


In the Field with Blair’s AgIntelligence Team – August 18th Edition

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Crop maturity is progressing…Don’t forget the Blair’s WheatPlot Tour – August 19, 2014 in Lanigan at 2 PM.

Call (306)-365-3150 to register.


Lipton and Area –Rebecca Whittingham

Friday night brought a storm to part of the area which caused hail damage and lodging. The strong winds also took down trees and some bins in the area. Peas are starting to get desiccated and Winter Wheat is being swathed as well. Grasshopper, Diamondback Moth and Bertha Armyworm counts all remain low. Flea Beetles continue to feed on the foliage of Canola plants. There is some Alternaria Black Spot being seen in Canola fields. Fusarium is being seen in low levels in many of the Wheat fields.


Liberty and Area –Danielle Lefebvre and Lachlan Moulds

This week has been a warm week in Liberty area, bringing the crops in and putting a finish to flowering on those late Canola fields. Desiccation has started on early Lentils, the majority of field Peas have been desiccated and swathers are just starting in early Canola. Insect pressure remains below thresholds, however, there is some Bertha Armyworm pressure in late Canola and Aphid numbers are increasing in late Lentil fields. Just a quick reminder to use Reglone, not Roundup when desiccating crops that will be retained for seed next season.


Watrous and area – Allison Porter

If you had asked me at this time last week, I would have said we were at least two to three weeks away from harvest . . . boy was I wrong! Peas and Lentils are being desiccated and provided this weather continues, we should be in the field by the weekend on those fields that have received a pre-harvest application. There is some early seeded Canola, on lighter land, that got knocked down last week and I would expect a few more fields to be swathed towards the end of this week. We need to make sure growers are checking their seeds to determine proper swath timing. For the best yield and quality, swathing when the majority of the field reaches 60% seed colour change is recommended. When checking seed colour change in Canola, choose a plant to sample, divide the main stem plant into thirds and roll out a pod from each section. The seeds at the bottom third should be black or dark brown. The seeds in the middle section should be mostly brown or tan in colour. The seeds on the top third should be green, but firm and may have specks of brown or tan appearing. Make sure to check for seed colour change in several areas of the field. Last week we spent some time in some fields with heavy disease pressure. There is a lot of Fusarium Head Blight showing up in Wheat that has been sprayed, but if you take a look at those fields that haven’t been sprayed, it still paid to apply a fungicide this year! Some Pea and Lentil fields are fairly dirty, so growers may want to consider using Roundup as a pre-harvest management tool and only apply Reglone to the areas of the field they want to use for seed. Here’s to a great week … bring on harvest ’14!


Lanigan, Drake and area – Kyle Bergen

The heat has advanced crop progress a lot this week! There hasn’t been any harvest activity yet, but there will likely be some Barley swathed in the coming week and maybe some Canola swathed at the end of next week. Bertha Armyworm numbers remain low in Canola crops. The worms are still small and very hard to see, but the numbers are very low to nonexistent in some fields. There is variable disease pressure from Sclerotinia in Canola crops. There seems to be some fields that have a fairly high level of infection and some fields that have almost none. Most of the infections I am seeing happened late and on side branches which will hopefully limit the yield loss. Wheat crops are still a ways away from swathing or desiccating. There is some Fusarium Head Blight detectable in all the fields even if they were sprayed. The level of infection seems fair at this point. Barley crops have really ripened fast in the past week and are getting close to swathing. Pea crops are a little late in this area so there are none that are ready to desiccate yet. The heat is definitely helping our late crops mature on time, but it will still be a race against time as our average first fall frost is less than a month away!


Nokomis and Area – Daniel Detillieux and Tyler Blair

With the recent string of very high temperatures, we are seeing the crops s turn in colour quite rapidly as we approach swath timing. Much of the Winter Wheat is at or very near to proper timing, with other crops following very closely behind. Many Pea acres are being sprayed and the start of harvest is very quickly approaching. Fusarium Head Blight is present in moderate amounts in the area, with a clear differentiation between treated acres (resistant varieties, seed treatments, fungicide treatments) versus acres with no action taken. So far to this date, there is still no presence of any insect pressure anywhere near threshold amounts, but it is something that we are continuing to monitor. Sclerotinia is present in small amounts, but for the most part it is a small issue.


Strongfield and Area – Lucas Ringdal & Alecia Remmen

Throughout this week we saw the Canola mature and change in colour. Early seeded Canola is starting to be knocked down. Lentils are slowly changing colour, with disease having a heavy presence on hill tops. Majority of Peas have been desicated throughout this week. Cereals are starting to show signs of Fusarium and are slowly maturing.


McLean and Area –Cole Jensen

No report for this week.



Any questions please call.

Amy – (306) 561-7322                      Kyle – (306) 365-7956

Cole – (306) 699-7959                      Rebecca – (306) 331-8831

Daniel – (306) 528-7650                  Tyler – (306) 360-7200

Danielle – (306) 963-7776               Allison – (306) 946-3150

Lachlan – (306) 528-7907



Next Report Date – August 25th, 2014.


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