How effective can wetlands be at filtering higher nutrient water and even slaughter plant water? Very good apparently!
VR irrigation has taken a while to catch on because it is complicated.
How can this be streamlined to make and use predictions.
Needs to be easy and on the fly.
Testing of sensors to help make maps based on zone of the field.
Living labs - trying to connect the researchers and farmers and more.
Snowpack for our irrigation is measured in many locations and helps determine water diversions and policy for the year!
70-100% of average snowpack right now.
River levels are more even through the year than they used to be due to more even drawing.
Special areas history had lots of people!
Lots of opportunity for that area if they can make this large irrigation project happen!
Growing season has lengthened a lot in last 70 years with days over 30 and days of very cold increasing in past 70 years.
Thought is too wet event and too dry events will increase due to the jet stream movement slowing down. Evapotranspiration may continue to increase.
Irrigation modernization in Southern Alberta involves converting canals to pipelines mainly as well as structure replacements. .
Construction rate is limited by pipe manufacturing.
200,000 acres could be made w efficiencies / modernization though out all districts.
Remote sensing moisture meters vs microwave sensors at 30 cm. Needs more work yet to remote sense moisture reliably. #IrrigationUpdate
I was able to join a Saskatchewan Pulse Growers virtual variety update on Peas, Faba Beans, Lentils and Chickpea varieties.
They talked about variety acre trends, and new pea varieties, new lentil varieties, new faba beans varieties, and new chickpea varieties.
They also talked about Aphanomyces root rots breeding as well as root rots in general. It will take them 10 years for breeders just to get the traits into our lines plus any time to cross with current high yielding lines.
Pulse Canada also talked about how each variety of peas has a different protein fractionation profile, fat profile and the geographic area it was grown in will change its nutrient profile as well year to year.
Have you been following along with Dr. Brain Beres research on ultra early seeding? (January, February, March for spring cereals!) We are hosting Dr. Brian Beres - Senior Research Scientist - Agronomy with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
He will talk about his ultra-early seeding system research to exploit on-farm GxExM synergies - can we gain yield by seeding earlier?
This event is hosted during Ag- Expo at Heritage Hall
The Food Professor Podcast
Dr. Sylvain Charlebois has a podcast that has some interesting episodes. I think I like listening to his and some others because it's outside of the main farming bubble and gives an alternative perspective of the food system.
This episode he interviewed Robert Andjelic - Canada's largest farmland owner. https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-food-professor/id1512660219?i=1000593923535
Malt Markets Changing
The malt market is changing faster than I can ever remember with new varieties gaining acres fast and old ones dropping off quickly. See the CMBTC report here https://cmbtc.com/publications/recommended-lists/
CDC Fraser seems to be on a huge increase with a number of buyers and it's a great variety. We started growing it about 5 years ago and stopped due to slow sales, but now are back selling it due to increasing demand.
AAC Synergy is still being grown (lots just grown for feed use) but I think malt use is decreasing.
In a future email we will be able to talk about malt new crop contracts from Molson Coors (& Canada Malt for those North of highway 1 & in SK) with Bill Coors 100 variety but new crop contracts are not out yet.
Soft Wheat Options
We have always sold a lot of soft wheat and most of our sales are used for the silage market. Some is grown for milling and a small amount for ethanol when close to those facilities. Distilling/malting is also bigger use than I would have guessed. If growing a SWSW or SWSP for the first time, make sure your AFSC crop insurance enrolment has these classes selected or you do not have insurance!
Sadash VB Soft Wheat SWSW - S rating for FHB, stands well, industry standard soft wheat seeming to be making a comeback in the market.
Paramount VB Soft Wheat SWSW - S rating for FHB, sales seem to be switching back to AC Sadash VB
Awesome VB Soft GP Wheat SWSP - I rating for FHB, highest yielding spring wheat registered, great for forage, feed, ethanol, can be taller vs the others.
We do not sell a lot of CPS wheat unless new varieties come out or the CPS market is above other markets. CWRS yields have grown in recent years, and soft wheats have increased in feed use making CPS wheat not as attractive in our local area. We do have AAC Penhold CPS wheat available now, and one to watch for in a few years is a new one called AAC Westlock (traditional type of CPS)
For any seed bookings you can call Blair Balog at 403-634-4349 (calls & text)
Chuck Penner presented at the Western Canadian Crop Production Show this week. The general idea I get from him is that stocks to use ratio's are tight over a wide group of crops and that the world cannot take a major weather problem in the coming year without making market prices rise.
I think farms will grow less peas & flax. Farms likely stick to what they know and are reliable for growing, selling and pricing more so than in the past few years.
Wheat - acres forecasted to be up, I think that is possible.
Durum - global supplies look flat on durum so acres could be up in response to ok prices,
but last year European acreage did not respond as expected
Barley - substitutes for barley like corn are more available this season, China as a barley
buyer is the key to keeping buying high and price support. generally tight supplies
Corn - Ending stocks in the USA look to be lower, & locally corn railed in to feedlot is the
floor price for barley. So corn prices have been good, and net returns to the farmer
may stay relatively comparable other cereals.
Canola - acres forecasted to be up - I agree as the margins look good and canola is low
risk to grow
Lentil - Chuck is forecasting flat, with slightly more greens and slightly less reds. I feel like
in Alberta red lentil acres will continue to replace pea acres causing red lentil acres
Pea - Chuck is forecasting lower pea acres vs last year and I agree
Flax - acres expected to be very low, I agree as they don't pencil out well this year
Mustard - I think acres will be up more than Chuck has forecasted
Wheat, Durum, Pea, Canola:
Lentil, Flax, & Gross Margins
Kristjan has a unique perspective about agriculture and I enjoy reading his work. Here is a post with 10 myths about running a successful farming operation: https://kristjanhebert.com/blog/running-a-successful-farming-operation-myths-vs-facts/
Join us live for a virtual zoom event this Thursday January 5th @ 9am Alberta time for a repeat of our Seed Update for those of you who missed it or want a recap, but we will only have Blair and Greg's presentations.
Jan 5, 2023 09:00 AM Edmonton
Meeting ID: 848 7804 0994
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I like to look at all the information I can when comparing varieties including hearing from you on comparisons.
Saskatchewan has published their seed guide yields from last season here. https://saskseed.ca/seed-guides/
Manitoba is always first in publishing yields https://www.seedmb.ca/digital-edition/ and we are still waiting for Alberta's to be published.
Pea sales have been a little slower vs some years and this season quality is better compared to last year.
CDC Lewochko yellow pea is a new variety to us this season. It's a medium season, smaller seed size, has good cracking resistance and higher protein by 1% vs checks. It seems like a nice meadow replacement. Some buyers like https://lagrain.ca/ are offering new crop contracts and this past fall I noticed some $1 per bu over market bids for higher protein varieties similar to this.
AAC Chrome yellow pea is still the highest yielding and consistent irrigated pea we have grown. In dry areas a longer season pea like Chrome can suffer but in areas where an extra shot of rain is possible the Chrome can be a winner.
AAC Carver yellow pea - making available if needed this season
AAC Delhi jumbo yellow pea - making available if needed this season
AAC Julius yellow pea - available fall of 2024
CDC Forrest green pea - making available if needed this season
DL Lacross forage pea - white flowered
For those of you with root rot problems or wanting to explore a different pulse market we will be talking about faba beans in one of our next few emails. https://www.stampseeds.com/faba-bean.html
Sales of lentils has been strong, the split is about half and half CDC Simmie CL and CDC Proclaim CL Small Red Lentils. Proclaim is the industry standard and Simmie is the up and coming variety that may have a yield edge. As you can see from the top chart, if you are growing CDC Maxim CL in Alberta you are not taking advantage of about $50-90 per ac!
For non lentil growers Red Lentils cost about half of peas to grow due to lower use rates but grading can be riskier, crop is close to the ground and disease can be more of a risk with lentils.
CDC Lima CL Large Green Lentil sales have been slow but they can be more risky vs Red Lentils to grow. Lima yield reports vs other greens have been very good! It seems the CL yield drag in large greens is not the case with Lima.
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