Canadian International Grains Institute announces new board and funding model
Three provincial wheat commissions and seven grain companies/handlers become core funders, new board will oversee Cigi’s future direction
WINNIPEG – The Canadian International Grains Institute is pleased to announce its new board of directors, signalling the beginning of a new funding model and board structure for the organization.
Comprising five representatives from the provincial wheat commissions in Western Canada and five representatives from the grain handlers/exporter sector, the board was elected at Cigi’s Annual General Meeting on June 29, 2017. The new board officers and directors are:
Chair: Kevin Bender, Alberta Wheat Commission
Vice Chair: Brent Watchorn, Richardson International Limited
Secretary: Jim Smolik, Cargill Canada
Directors: Drew Baker, Manitoba Wheat and Barley Growers Association; Harvey Brooks, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission; Bill Gehl, Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission; Trent Rude, Viterra; Jean-Marc Ruest, Richardson International Limited; Gary Stanford, Alberta Wheat Commission; Ward Weisensel, G3 Canada Limited.
Read the entire News Release here.
Barley Council of Canada launches new resource for Canadian farmers
The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) has launched a brand new resource for Canadian farmers—growbarley.com. Developed as a farmer-focused website, GrowBarley brings information on barley production and industry together into one easily accessible place.
The core content is focused on barley production information and resources, and is divided into six categories for easy navigation:
- Variety selection
- Seeding strategies
- Nutrient management
- Integrated pest management
- Harvest strategies
- Storage and delivery
View Barley Council of Canada’s News Release here.
Fusarium Head Blight – Risk Maps & Fungicide Application Resources
Daily Fusarium Head Blight Risk Maps are now being produced by Manitoba Agriculture, showing the current risk for the development of this disease based on the previous 7 days of temperature and moisture recorded from weather stations throughout agricultural-Manitoba. When evaluating risk, it is very important to monitor the stage of the crop.
Infection can occur if the crop is at or near the flowering stage. It is also important to keep in mind that local conditions will vary based on weather and soil properties and that the risk of fusarium head blight may change rapidly. Maps will be posted daily until the end of the flowering period for spring wheat.
FHB risk maps are available in both Saskatchewan and Manitoba. At a glance, on a given day the maps may appear to indicate a different risk for growers in each province, which can be concerning for farms along the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. However, closer examination will reveal minor differences in the models and maps useful for considering FHB risk. Learn more about those differences here.
Additional resources on fungicide application timing for suppression of Fusarium head blight can be found at the following web pages:
- Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission Fusarium Resources:
- Real Agriculture’s Wheat School Resources:
- Fungicide Choice & Growth Stage Timing for Wheat and Barley
Refer to the Guide to Crop Protection 2017 as it provides information on the use of fungicides, herbicides and insecticides for control of plant diseases, weeds and insects. This publication is only a guide. Always refer to the product label for application details and precautions.
Learn More About Beneficial Insects in Your Crops
Check out the Western Grains Research Foundation ‘Field Heroes’ Awareness campaign. It encourages growers and agronomists to consider beneficial insects in crop production recommendations and decisions. Insect photos, scouting techniques and best management practices are available at www.fieldheroes.ca.
Scouting your cereals? Look for these beneficial insects as outlined in the factsheeet Scouting for Beneficials in Cereals. Beneficial insects can help with control of yield-robbing insect pests and are an important part of integrated pest management.
Midge Tolerant Soft White Spring Wheat
The Midge Tolerant Wheat (MTW) Stewardship Team has developed a one-page 8.5×11 “poster” to communicate the need for stewardship with some Soft White Spring (SWS) wheat varieties. It is available here.
A paragraph (with poster and interview link) has also been added to the MTW website home page: http://www.midgetolerantwheat.ca
There is No Plan B. The MTW Stewardship Tem is counting on wheat growers to “do the right thing” and participate in the stewardship plan for soft white spring varieties.