Par­tic­i­pate in the 2018 Al­berta wheat sur­veys

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Agri­cul­ture -

In­sect tech­nol­o­gists with Al­berta Agri­cul­ture and Forestry and ap­plied re­search as­so­ci­a­tions are about to do their big­gest sur­veys of the year, and they are look­ing for wheat pro­duc­ers to vol­un­teer the use of their har­vested fields.

Tech­ni­cians need 340 wheat fields to sur­vey for wheat midge.

For this sur­vey, tech­ni­cians will take about one litre of soil from a har­vested wheat field. They will take the sam­ple back to Brooks where they will look at the vi­a­bil­ity of the midge and see if there are any par­a­sitoids present. This data will be in­cor­po­rated into the wheat midge fore­cast map that comes out at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber. Par­tic­i­pat­ing pro­duc­ers will re­ceive a re­port of the midge num­bers in their field at no charge.

The wheat stem sawfly sur­vey is tar­get­ing dryer ar­eas in the south­ern part of the prov­ince. Tech­ni­cians are look­ing for 125 dry­land fields from High­way 12 south and east of High­way 2. The sawfly sur­vey is con­ducted by count­ing the wheat stems in four one me­tre spots along the head­land. Tech­ni­cians will also count the num­ber of cut stems.

A per­cent­age of stems cut is the data that will be pre­sented in the wheat stem sawfly map that will also come out the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber.

Con­tact shel­ to par­tic­i­pate in these sur­veys and to find out about the cri­te­ria for the fields. Find more in­for­ma­tion about the Al­berta In­sect Pest Mon­i­tor­ing Net­work at $Depart­ment/dept­docs.nsf/All/prm13779

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