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Winter Cereals - Diverse & Dynamic Crop Rotations (Delia, AB) - Direct Seeding Advantage 2003
Author: Barry Mason
Date Created: November 18, 2003
Last Reviewed: November 18, 2003

Winter cereals, to be more specific for this farm, winter wheat, has been an integral and important part of the farm’s crop rotation. It offers, when managed properly, a diversity which increases opportunities for land expansion, continuous cropping, and cropping efficiencies by spreading work load over a greater part of the growing and harvesting season. Winter cereals, in general, can also improve prospects for greater yields because winter cereals
make better use of early spring moisture. 

On my farm, winter wheat used to be seeded into canola stubble, but found that the stubble was sometimes not thick enough to create a reliable, winter hardy environment and the volunteer canola in the spring was often very competitive. When the switch was made to seed into barley stubble, winter kill became a non-issue and yields improved. I also found that volunteer barley was not a problem, as the winter wheat would easily get ahead of any stragglers in the spring. Most years, the volunteer barley would start in the fall.

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