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Harvest closer to wrapping up in North West region

Farmers in the Battlefords and Meadow Lake area in the North West region are reporting steady progress for this year’s harvest.

The province said a total of 70 per cent of the crop has been harvested based on the most recent update, up from 63 per cent the prior week, and ahead of the five-year average of 44 per cent for this time of year.

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture Crops Extension Specialist Matthew Struthers said the weather has been ideal for producers to get plenty of their crop in the bin.

“There was very little rain, so lots of progress was made,” he said.

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What is the Wheat Wise On-Farm Trial program?

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During the 2022 growing season, Sask Wheat launched the “On-Farm Trial” program. There were four trials, one each at Indian Head, Davidson, Cut Knife and Tisdale. Each producer tested low, medium, and high seeding rates, which were based on the desired plant population of 20, 25, and 30 plants per sq ft. In 2023, we re-branded this program to “Wheat Wise – Plotting the Future”.

Wheat Wise trials are unique. They feature treatments replicated several times within a field with the goal of seeing if there is a statistically significant or different result. Through this program, producers have the opportunity to work alongside Sask Wheat’s agronomists and research experts while implementing field-scale trials under the producers’ farm conditions and management practices allowing them to be within their own comfort zone.

The overall goal of the program is to build an on-farm research network which is led and used by producers. This will allow producers to fine-tune recommendations for their specific farm conditions and assist with future management decisions.

Although the work is collective, the end goal remains the same: Maximize wheat yield, quality and economic return.