Written by Kristen Carberry, Dufferin SCIA President

We have been blessed in Dufferin county with many days of excellent harvest  conditions early on. Much of the winter wheat has been in the ground since September with acres looking to have increased most likely due to this opportunity. Interestingly, we saw some of these fields sprayed this fall with some newer technology. It’s great to see some resistance management strategies in effect.

Combines have been parked for a couple weeks, but this recent weather has given many the chance to finish up harvest in excellent time. Yields have been more consistent than what we have seen in some other counties with most hitting average if not above average.  As well as moistures that can’t be complained about hovering in the 25% range. Where some neighboring counties struggled with consistent rains during some critical periods, resulting in different outcomes.

As a reminder to all our growers: with an early harvest comes plenty of opportunity to get fields soil sampled. Talk to your agronomist about options to bulk, zone, or grid farms. Soil fertility is our key to success over any magic new and shiny hybrid we see in a seed guide. Let this be our focus as early order & pay discounts fast approach.

The DSCIA is working on a virtual event (February 10, in the morning), that will be announced in the near future. We hope to keep the meeting accessible by allowing members to call in or join us on their iphone/tablet/computers for this meeting. Virtual meetings provide so much opportunity to see members and speakers that potentially we would have barriers under normal circumstances getting out to our event. We see this as an opportunity to try something new!

We look forward to meeting in the New Year virtually.


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