Stratford, Ont., wheat grower Andy Timmermans says anyone who is half serious about growing wheat in Ontario should enrol in the Great Lakes Yield Enhancement Network (YEN).
Timmermans has been involved in the Great Lakes YEN since it started two years years ago. In 2022, he finished second in both the yield and per cent of potential yield categories with a 150.19 bu/ac and 79.07 per cent yield potential. Jeffery Krohn, from Elkton, Michigan, finished first in both, harvesting 165.92 bu/ac while achieving 87.97 per cent of potential.
Coordinated by the Grain Farmers of Ontario, Michigan State University, Michigan Wheat Program, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the University of Guelph, the Great Lakes YEN project helps farmers learn from each other about new ways to improve winter wheat yields.
The program kicked off in 2021 with 43 growers before expanding in 2022 with 98 growers completing the project. For 2023, enrolment will soar to 170 growers.
On this episode of the RealAgriculture Wheat School, Timmermans joins Peter Johnson to share how he manages his wheat for high yield and the role the YEN is playing in his success.
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