DELAYED SEEDING: What works best for a shorter growing season?

This information is brought to you by Sask Wheat, SaskBarley, Manitoba Crop Alliance, Alberta Wheat Commission, and Alberta Barley Commission.

On the Prairies, a late cold snap, late winter storms, high snowfall, excessive rain, flooding, and spring harvest from the previous crop all result in the same thing – delayed and late seeding.

Most of the time, farmers strive to get in the field in late April or early May. They work hard to get seed in the ground, because earlier seeding generally results in higher yields and often better quality than later seeding. But sometimes Mother Nature washes the best plans down the creek.

Seeding in late-May and into June results in accelerated crop development, increased exposure to disease, and in general, reduced yield potential. Adapting to the challenge of late seeding through agronomic management can help mitigate potential impacts.

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