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Evaluation of different Inoculants on the Soybean Productivity (2016)

Crop Types: Soybean

Centre(s): PESAI

Soybeans grown in Manitoba are usually inoculated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum to ensure adequate bacteria populations are present to maximize nodulation and nitrogen fixation. Soybean farmers in Manitoba have a variety of inoculant choices available. The effectiveness of different inoculant types, however, is not fully understood in the various soybean-growing regions in Manitoba. The current study is planned to determine if there is any additional yield benefit to: 1. Using in-furrow granular inoculant (instead of seed-applied liquid) 2. Double inoculating (seed-applied liquid + granular in-furrow) (compared to seed-applied liquid only) 3. Increasing the rate of inoculant (from 1x to 2x) 4. Using "enhanced" inoculant products

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Evaluation of different Inoculants on the Soybean Productivity (2016)

Crop Types: Soybean

Centre(s): PESAI

Soybeans grown in Manitoba are usually inoculated with Bradyrhizobium japonicum to ensure adequate bacteria populations are present to maximize nodulation and nitrogen fixation. Soybean farmers in Manitoba have a variety of inoculant choices available. The effectiveness of different inoculant types, however, is not fully understood in the various soybean-growing regions in Manitoba. The current study is planned to determine if there is any additional yield benefit to: 1. Using in-furrow granular inoculant (instead of seed-applied liquid) 2. Double inoculating (seed-applied liquid + granular in-furrow) (compared to seed-applied liquid only) 3. Increasing the rate of inoculant (from 1x to 2x) 4. Using "enhanced" inoculant products  

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Evaluation of different Nitrogen decision guides in fertilizing Corn (2016)

Crop Types: Corn

Centre(s): PESAI

Manitoba Agriculture nitrogen rate guidelines for corn were developed before 1990 and are out-of-date for current yield levels. Recently North Dakota State University (NDSU) has released N rate guidelines for corn and a number of in-crop scouting measures can be used to assess sufficiency and need for more N. The following study was initiated with the objective to evaluate a number of N decision guides for suitability in fertilizing corn in Manitoba.

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Evaluation of different Nitrogen decision guides in fertilizing Corn (2016)

Crop Types: Corn

Centre(s): PESAI

Manitoba Agriculture nitrogen rate guidelines for corn were developed before 1990 and are out-of-date for current yield levels. Recently North Dakota State University (NDSU) has released N rate guidelines for corn and a number of in-crop scouting measures can be used to assess sufficiency and need for more N. The following study was initiated with the objective to evaluate a number of N decision guides for suitability in fertilizing corn in Manitoba.

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Flax Council of Canada Agronomy Evaluation (2016)

Crop Types: Flax

Centre(s): PESAI

There is a sizeable gap between the yield potential of flax and the average yields observed in the Prairies. Whereas the 10-year average yield for Manitoba is 21 bu/acre (Yield Manitoba 2016), Flax Council of Canada (FCC) has set up an ambitious goal to raise yield levels up to 32 bu/acre by 2025. In order to achieve higher yields on a commercial scale, best management practices (BMPs) are required. FCC planned four flax research trials to develop BMPs for the following elements: A) Seed treatment and fertilizer rates; B) Seeding date, rate and row spacing; C) Herbicides and fungicide use; and D) Crop stubble and flax production interaction.  

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Flax Council of Canada Agronomy Trials (2016)

Crop Types: Flax

Centre(s): PESAI

There is a sizeable gap between the yield potential of flax and the average yields observed in the Prairies. Whereas the 10-year average yield for Manitoba is 21 bu/acre (Yield Manitoba 2016), Flax Council of Canada (FCC) has set up an ambitious goal to raise yield levels up to 32 bu/acre by 2025. In order to achieve higher yields on a commercial scale, best management practices (BMPs) are required. FCC planned four flax research trials to develop BMPs for the following elements: A) Seed treatment and fertilizer rates; B) Seeding date, rate and row spacing; C) Herbicides and fungicide use; and D) Crop stubble and flax production interaction.

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Hemp Fibre and Grain Variety Evaluation (2016-2018)

Crop Types: Hemp

Centre(s): PESAI

Hemp is remarkably versatile, capable of producing large yields of both fibre and grain. Varieties grown primarily for fibre are typically taller than grain varieties, although dual-purpose varieties are also available. Recent changes to legislation around hemp production are designed to simplify the process for growers. For a detailed list of those changes, see the Health Canada Notice to Industry, Section 56 Class Exemption in Relation to the Industrial Hemp Regulations (Health Canada 2016). It is expected that changes will enhance the industry’s production and market development goals (Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance 2016). A new company, Hemp Sense, will be setting up a hemp fibre processing plant in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. The plant will buy fibre left after the grain harvest, and will process hemp grain. Contact Hemp Sense Inc at info@hempsense.net for details. The present study was planned to evaluate different varieties of hemp for fibre and grain quality.  

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Hemp Fibre and Grain Variety Trial (2016)

Crop Types: Hemp

Centre(s): PESAI

Hemp is remarkably versatile, capable of producing large yields of both fibre and grain. Varieties grown primarily for fibre are typically taller than grain varieties, although dual-purpose varieties are also available. Recent changes to legislation around hemp production are designed to simplify the process for growers. For a detailed list of those changes, see the Health Canada Notice to Industry, Section 56 Class Exemption in Relation to the Industrial Hemp Regulations (Health Canada 2016). It is expected that changes will enhance the industry’s production and market development goals (Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance 2016). A new company, Hemp Sense, will be setting up a hemp fibre processing plant in Gilbert Plains, Manitoba. The plant will buy fibre left after the grain harvest, and will process hemp grain. Contact Hemp Sense Inc at info@hempsense.net for details. The present study was planned to evaluate different varieties of hemp for fibre and grain quality.

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Hybrid Fall Rye Fertility and Seed Rate (2016-2017)

Crop Types: Rye

Centre(s): PCDF

To study different fertility and seed rates on varieties Brasetto and Bono

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Late planting of early-maturing soybeans in Manitoba (2015-2017) (2016)

Crop Types: Soybean

Centre(s): PESAI

Soybean varieties currently available in Manitoba range in maturity from 107-123 days. The relatively recent availability of very early maturing soybeans could allow farmers to plant beyond current seeding deadlines. The objective of this study is to evaluate the potential for planting soybeans beyond current seeding deadlines. Three soybean varieties of varying maturity (very early, early and mid) were evaluated within three seeding windows (normal, late and very late) in each of the three crop insurance test areas of Manitoba.

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