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Get the lowdown on plant growth regulators and crop varieties

PGR fact sheet looks at lodging and staging while crop fact sheets examine performance in Alberta

New fact sheets on plant growth regulators and crop varieties are now available. Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are synthetic compounds that can modify plant growth and development by altering plant hormonal activity. While PGRs are popular in other regions of the world like Western Europe, their use in Western Canada is relatively new. “The plant […] Read more

PGRs can be a valuable tool, but use with care, say Alberta producers 
Tom Eppinga (l) and Greg Stamp.

The trick is in the timing with plant growth regulators

FarmTech: The hormone reduces lodging and makes harvest a lot easier, 
but proper staging is a challenge

Plant growth regulators can work, but use with caution. If the conditions aren’t right, you could have a wreck, said participants in a plant growth regulators panel at FarmTech. “If you’re going to use a plant growth regulator, focus it on situations where you are pushing yield limits,” said Emile deMilliano, manager of training with […] Read more


Phil Bernardin of Engage Agro explained some of the ins and outs of using plant growth regulators at Farming Smarter field days.

Get your timing right with PGRs

By increasing or decreasing hormone production, plant growth regulators can either promote or limit growth

Plant growth regulators may offer some benefits, but the timing and staging of their application is critical. “Plant growth regulators change the hormone relationships within plants and can increase or decrease hormone production,” Phil Bernardin, a technical rep with Engage Agro, said at Farming Smarter’s recent field day. In cereals, plant growth regulators act as […] Read more

Plant growth regulators are designed to prevent lodging, a situation usually caused by environmental conditions.

Plant growth regulators aren’t for everyone, says researcher

Producers need to choose a responsive variety and get their staging right 
when using plant growth regulators on wheat

Do plant growth regulators offer a good bang for your buck? Sure — if the conditions are right. If not, you’re wasting your money. “Plant growth regulators aren’t to be used on every acre, like a herbicide or nitrogen fertilizer,” said Sheri Strydhorst, a research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “Producers need to […] Read more


“We lost money with most advanced agronomic practices. Most things actually resulted in a net economic loss.”


Fungicide application offers best bang for your buck — in the right conditions

Expert says fungicides paid off big for wheat in wet conditions, 
but plant growth regulators and extra nitrogen weren’t worth the cost

You know the old saying: In order to make money, you’ve got to spend money. But spend it wisely, says an Alberta Agriculture research scientist. “There’s a lot of different agronomic practices out there that you can spend money on — but which ones are going to make you money?” Sheri Strydhorst asked attendees at […] Read more