Worldwide, cereals are some of the most important crops grown in agriculture as both a food and a feed resource. Wheat itself covers more acres around the world than any other crop, including canola. Consequently, continued research into cereal crop agronomics is a large priority in the cropping program and the information gathered will aid producers in making the most economical decisions for their operations.
Regional Variety Trials
Variety selection is a key aspect to any cropping system and with new varieties available each year, current and comprehensive data on established, new and emerging varieties is essential to producers. The regional variety trials have been grown in the Lakeland since 1991 with each variety tested for three years. The information gathered from these trials is important to producers first, to aid in crop variety selection and, second, to improve economic returns.
The function of herbicides is dependent on the metabolism of the crops and weeds, which changes through the day. Recently, the question has been raised as to whether the effectiveness of various herbicides changes as spraying times are altered from daytime spraying to nighttime spraying. Consequently, the Night Spraying Trial was created to assess the effectiveness of different herbicides for the control of grassy and broadleaf weeds sprayed at varying times throughout the day in wheat and canola.