It’s been a difficult begin for wheat in a lot of Western Canada this spring as a result of sizzling and dry situations, which could lead growers and agronomists to ask “what if?” this cool season crop had been planted earlier.
Wheat’s yield potential is decided early on, at the three to 6 leaf stage, explains Brunel Sabourin of Antara Agronomy, primarily based at Morris, Manitoba. On this Wheat Faculty episode, Sabourin assess how early-seeded wheat is faring on japanese facet of the Prairies.
Relying on when it was seeded, a lot of this 12 months’s crop in Western Canada skilled a heatwave with temperatures rising into the higher 30s (C) throughout that important yield-determining interval. In Manitoba’s Pink River Valley, the place Sabourin is situated, temperatures soared into the 40s in the first week of June, flattening historic temperature information in addition to the 2021 wheat crop’s yield potential.
Regardless of the early heat and variable staging as a result of the dry situations, Sabourin says the principle behind the benefits of early seeding wheat stands.
“The earlier we can seed it, the more we’re into that window of cooler weather, not only when it’s in that three to six leaf stage setting yields, but also later on when it’s flowering and filling,” he notes. “At the end of the day, I think the earlier seeded stuff has a better chance this year because of the heat.”
Take a look at the video under for extra on the transfer to earlier seeding of wheat in Western Canada, and the way early-seeded wheat in southern Manitoba has fared by means of sizzling, dry situations: