Peace River farmers favour wheat over fescue

RYCROFT, Alta. — Peace River farmers used to seed creeping red fescue as a way to spread out the harvest season and the risks of spring seeded crops. Low fescue prices have prompted many farmers to plant winter wheat instead. “Winter wheat has replaced fescue acres as the other crop to help spread out harvest,” […] Read more

Paul Thoroughgood says winter wheat plants transplanted from his snow-bare field near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan responded well. He hopes to put growers' minds at ease about winterkill. | Paul Thoroughgood photo

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Unseasonably warm weather in February provided Paul Thoroughgood with the opportunity to dig up some of his winter wheat plants and inspect them for damage. He removed the plants from a field on his farm south of Moose Jaw, Sask., that hadn’t received a flake of snow and stuck them in a plastic Tupperware dish […] Read more