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Producers are constantly looking for ways to manage and improve the outputs from their operation, and that can include cereal crops for feeding purposes. Rory Cranston, North America Technical Development Manager for Cereals and Pulses at Bayer, has three tips for producers to get the most out of their cereal feed crops.
The most effective way to get the most out of your field, according to Cranston, is to know what is in the field and where it is at. Keeping detailed records on seeding and application histories, by using a program like FieldView™ to track your decisions year-over-year, allows you to establish a strong field management system that employs integrated pest management strategies to reduce, in particular, the risk of weed resistance in the field. Awareness of where patches of weeds are prevalent, or have increased in population, also ensures that you are able to be proactive when it comes to controlling weeds of concern.
Foxtail species, for example, cause detrimental effects to both cereal crops and in livestock production. It reproduces through vast quantities of air-dispersed seeds, easily carried by the wind from nearby areas. The stiff, sharp awns of foxtail barley create a hazard for livestock, as they can become lodged in their digestive system, giving rise to infection, reduced feed intake, and loss of gain. Managing foxtail species through Integrated Pest Management strategies is key to reducing populations long term.
Bayer offers a comprehensive crop protection portfolio that is well-suited to mixed farming operations. With easy-to-use formulations and wide windows of application, Cirray™ herbicide and TilMOR™ fungicide are strong tools for cattle producers to consider use of in producing high-quality feed grains. As a wheat and barley herbicide, Cirray provides top control of competitive grass weeds in-crop. Quality of the feed grain is a high priority for cattle producers in addition to yield. TilMOR yields excellent results as a fungicide on silage and grain crops – applied from flag leaf up to head emergence and flowering stages, to comprehensively protect cereal crops from leaf, stem, and head diseases.
Simplifying the tools used to manage the field gives you more time to focus elsewhere. With effective yet flexible herbicide and fungicide tools that can be used across your cereal crops, it’s easier than ever to increase yield potential and crop performance.
Ultimately, the best thing to put on your field, aside from quality crop protection tools like Cirray and TilMOR, is your shadow. Getting your boots on the ground in the field so you know the stage of the crop and what its needs are is the best practice to maximize yield potential and performance.
With the right field management strategy, producers have the best opportunity to increase the yield potential of their feed crops and provide cattle with the best nutrition, right from the start.
Producers are encouraged to talk to their local Bayer representative to learn more about the comprehensive crop protection portfolio for mixed farming operations or visit CropScience.Bayer.ca.
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This article was first published in Volume 3 Issue 1 of ABP Magazine (February 2023). Watch for more digital content from the magazine on ABP Daily.
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