Many Ontario farmers would have heard about Yield Enhancement Networks (YEN) for the first time about two years in the past at the Southwest Agricultural Convention. ADAS, an unbiased supplier of agricultural and environmental consultancy providers in the U.Ok., shaped the first YEN again in 2012, with the aim of organising collaboration between trade companions, agronomists, and farmers.
Now Ontario’s personal YEN launched formally June 9 of this 12 months. The Great Lakes YEN is a partnership between the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), Michigan State College, Michigan Wheat Program, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), and the College of Guelph. The community’s first focus is to investigate, measure, and perceive yield potential and the precise yield of a given winter wheat discipline.
On this Wheat College episode, Bernard Tobin is joined by Marty Vermey, senior agronomist with Grain Farmers of Ontario, at a YEN website simply exterior London, Ont.
The important thing to a YEN is farmers participating, sharing, and studying from one another, and there’s lots that may be discovered by way of a YEN, beginning even earlier than planting. So what will be discovered from a YEN that’s particular to a wheat crop in Ontario?
Vermey says that knowledge assortment begins even earlier than seeding, beginning with soil pattern assortment earlier than planting, adopted by tissue testing at Zadoks stage 31 and 39 earlier than bolting, after which following up with a grain pattern at harvest.
“Even including all that scientific stuff that takes a lot of lab work, we’re also actually looking at population, fertility programs, fungicide programs and just analyzing the whole project,” says Vermey.
Outcomes from every website are benchmarked towards different outcomes inside the community, utilizing College of Guelph crop fashions. As Vermey explains, it’s not nearly yield at the finish of the day; it’s additionally about the per cent yield potential a farmer can achieve — how you bought there and the efficiencies in manufacturing gained alongside the means.
Extra data will be discovered at greatlakesyen.com together with easy methods to apply for subsequent 12 months, starting in September.
Catch the full dialog between Tobin and Vermey together with all the components that go in the direction of yield, and the way the highest heads per sq. meter and tillers, won’t equal the highest potential. Issues like head size, the variety of kernels per head, the measurement of kernels, and holding the discipline clear of ailments, can all result in a much bigger potential.