Allelopathy in Volunteer Rye, 6 Row Barley, Seeding Rates & New Crop Contracts in Malt Barley, BY RR & CL Canola Options & a New Brown Flax Variety
We are about 85% done harvest and about 30% of our winter crop plan has been seeded. We have 3 varieties of seed canola on 4 fields to go, a barley plot, Arborg oats, & 2 fields of flax. Last week's smoke slowed us down, but we are going again!
We have harvested some AAC Marvelous Flax and it has stood and yielded great for us. We had some customers trial it this season with irrigated field averages that are in the mid 60's!! It will be a hot variety this winter as bookings are starting.
New Crop Malt Barley Contracts
Molson Coors has been contracting the malt barley variety Bill Coors 100 for its Canadian malt program for the past few seasons. It yields very well, stands great & is very early. In 2020 our yields were in the high 140's bu per ac.
New crop contracts will be available early this fall and they want to work with irrigated farms in the Southern AB region. If you are on irrigation and near the Highway 3 corridor please let me know if you may be interested, and your acres so I can put you on a list to give to Cody the new Molson Coors Rep.
Sugar beets is a nice crop to have malt barley follow behind because residual nitrogen is often lower, but that is not necessary for rotation. If you are an existing BC 100 grower let Cody or myself know if you want to be on the list again and acres requested.
Seeding Rates for Bill Coors 100
We tried to compare a lower rate (110 lbs) vs a higher rate (130 lbs) for seeding the BC 100 variety and it did not seem to impact maturity or yield. We thought it may because seed size is so large at 50-52 g/1000. The variety seems to tiller out very well and not need the higher rates. We may still stay on the high side but it does seem to do well at the lower rates also.
AB Cattlelac 6 Row Silage &/or Feed Barley
We have had really good customer success on launch year in 2020 with AB Cattlelac 6 row barley. Many took it to grain with great yields and those who silaged it were very happy with the results vs other crop types or varieties.
It's a semi smooth awn, so it is good for green feeding and grazing.
Those wanting to try a spring triticale for this use we do have Sunray spring triticale also.
Allelopathy in Volunteer Rye
We have talked to a few farms about volunteer rye next spring where they want to seed canola, there is some risk for allelopathy from the rye to impact the canola. It has been suggested to make sure the rye is fully dead well ahead of seeding the canola. If spraying do so 20 days head of seeding, if tilling there is not data but I would think a week ahead would be a good idea.
CL & RR Canola Seed
We have pricing available on CL & RR canola from BrettYoung let me know if you would like pricing as there are some early pay discounts.
In my opinion, the top CL for our area is the 5125 CL as its yield is the best for the CL segment. It is a swathing type.
For RR canola I like the 6090RR or the 6204TF (RR) if you want a TrueFlex RR canola
Below: AAC Marvelous flax & Bill Coors 100 malt barley
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