Some growers, weighing the risk of early-season killing frost against the rewards of early establishment, opted to get into the fields last week. Will Van Roessel, a pedigreed seed producer who farms near Bow Island, announced this load of wheat seed was going into a customer's field Thursday.
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The same day, producer Jorge Koethler tweeted this photo from a field near Bow Island, where he said he was seeding hard red spring wheat.
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About 150 km west, Ernie Tschetter, farm boss for the Thompson Colony at Fort Macleod, tweeted this photo on Saturday, citing advice from Ontario agronomist Peter Johnson.
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Other producers, however, remain cautious about the #plantearly philosophy.
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On Monday, producer Paul Laqua, in the Foremost area, about 50 km south of Bow Island, also took to the field.
It’s not even St. Patrick’s Day, but with a long string of warmer-than-normal days and bare fields, a handful of farmers in southern Alberta have already broken out the #plant2016 and #plant16 hashtags on Twitter.
Have you already started spring seeding? If so, what led you to take the early leap this year? Contact us at [email protected] or tag us (@AGCanadadotcom) in your tweets to let us know — and if it’s not too much trouble, as they say on Twitter, #PicsOrItDidntHappen. — AGCanada.com Network
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