In the Field with Blair’s AgIntelligence Team – July 21st


In the Field with Blair’s AgIntelligence Team!

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Wheat is anywhere from flag leaf to the start of flowering – Schedule for fungicides today!

July 21st, 2014


Nokomis and Area – Daniel Detillieux and Tyler Blair

Fungicide season is in full swing, with many of the acres quickly passing their optimal fungicide timing due to a few days of sunny humid weather and a recent shower. Bertha and Diamondback traps are being checked on a regular basis, but so far we’ve been fortunate enough to have no real pressure as of yet. Many of the pressured Canola acres have just recently began to really utilize the conditions and have begun to cabbage out late, which is resulting in some pleasantly unexpected pod development. As for the Cereals, some late leaf disease is starting to show prior to Fusarium timing. Wheat Midge is being checked daily as well, but very low amounts only so far. The females are soon to emerge, so constant monitoring for Midge will be an ongoing priority for the next little while. They can cause significant yield loss very quickly, so a fungicide tank mix may be an option to discuss with your Business Agronomist if Midge have been spotted in your area.

Lipton and Area –Rebecca Whittingham

Fungicide applications are still occurring in the area. Wheat Midge are emerging and there have been a few Wheat Midge hotspots that have warranted spraying. Wheat is heading out and starting to flower in early planted fields. Canola and Flax continue to flower in our area also. Leaf disease has still remained a problem even though the fields have started to dry up with all this warm weather. Diamondback Moths have been found in Canola fields in low numbers. Pea Aphids have emerged in Pea fields and have warranted spraying in a few special cases. The Bertha Armyworm Moth counts in the area remain in the low risk range, but the count has jumped this week. This indicates that large numbers of Bertha Armyworms will appear in a couple weeks. Moth counts can give good indication of what our area looks like, but always scout for outbreaks in your own fields.

McLean and Area –Cole Jensen

This past week has been another with lots of heat, and little precipitation. We had one overnight thunder shower which brought us some much needed precipitation. The top few inches of soil have been packed with all the June rain then blasted with heat in July, so the topsoil has turned into a crust. With a few soft rains we will see a positive response from both the crop and likely the soil softening up. The crops in the area are looking fairly good, most the Cereals look great and the Pulses are hurting in the lower areas. Mostly everything is in bloom and being sprayed for fungicide this week and next.

Liberty and Area –Danielle Lefebvre and Lachlan Moulds

In-crop spraying has finally come to an end this week in the Liberty area. The majority of Peas, Lentils and Canola have had a fungicide application. Wheat crops around the area will be getting a Fusarium fungicide in the next ten days if they haven’t had one already. Some Pulse and Canola fields won’t be sprayed as a result of areas that have been drowned out. Insect pressure remains low, however, Aphids are being found in low numbers in Lentils and Grasshoppers are starting to do some damage in small areas, mainly on edges of hay fields and road ways.

Strongfield and Area – Amy Grindheim and Alecia Remmen

Thursday night saw a 0.25- 1 inch of welcomed rain for the area.  Pulses are for the most part sprayed once with fungicide and next week some growers plan to do a second application for mold suppression.  Leaf disease hasn’t had heavy pressure lately in the Pulses but canopies are closing in, with recent rain we can expect to see more disease develop again.  Many Lentil growers west of Strongfield are spraying for Grasshoppers on field edges with some guys covering whole fields.  Soybeans in the area finally began to flower this week.  Many of the early sown Cereals have received fungicide while over half of the Cereals remain to be sprayed as leaf disease pressure continues to spread.  Some farms are spraying for Midge with the Fusarium fungicides.  Heavy dews were starting to occur less so much of the late Canola was not getting a fungicide application. However, the recent rain has given growers more incentive to spray for Sclerotinia.  Blackleg lesions on lower leaves have been showing up on many lower leaves in Canola stands.

Watrous and area – Allison Porter

The favourable weather this past week has allowed growers to finally finish up their in-crop applications. Canola is anywhere from bolting to 70% flowering, with minimal fungicide applications being applied on Canola. Wheat is anywhere from flag leaf to the start of flowering with the majority of Cereal acres having received or have plans to receive a fungicide. Scouting for Wheat Midge has begun and will continue over the next couple weeks. At this point, there hasn’t been many found in the Watrous area, and hopefully we can get past the stage where we have to worry about them. We are looking forward to showcasing the MegaPlot, with tours beginning this week. Please contact your Blair’s location for additional information.

Lanigan, Drake and area – Kyle Bergen

A small amount of rain fell in the area at the end of the week. The ranges are from 0.6″ -0.2″ with a lot of wind. Some crop lodging occurred but it doesn’t appear to be anything serious. Fungicide spraying at flowering started on early seeded Wheat fields this week. A lot more will be ready on the weekend and the coming week. There is quite a bit of leaf disease pressure in most Wheat fields right now and it is moving up the canopy to the top of the plants.  Wheat Midge scouting has started, but there has only been very small numbers detected so far. They will continue to emerge this week so we will continue to monitor them. Some Canola crops are just coming into full bloom so fungicide season is still going for that crop. So far Bertha Armyworm trap counts have been very low. They will be emerging late like everything this year so we could still see the numbers increase in the next two weeks. The crops in most areas have improved with the warmer and drier weather. The relatively cool temperatures over the flowering period will be looked at as a positive for yield potential in both Canola and Wheat. There are some very late crops in this area that will need a lot of heat over the next two months to mature in time to escape the fall frost.


Any questions please call.


Amy – (306) 561-7322

Cole – (306) 699-7959

Daniel – (306) 528-7650

Danielle – (306) 963-7776

Lachlan – (306) 528-7907

Kyle – (306) 365-7956

Rebecca – (306) 331-8831

Tyler – (306) 360-7200

Allison – (306) 946-3150


Next Report Date – July 28th, 2014.


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