Canola Watch – August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017

INCREASE YOUR CANOLA YIELD ANOTHER 10% FOR NO ADDITIONAL COST!

Now that we have your attention, we want to make you aware that swathing or straight combining too early can result in lost yield and quality potential. We would also like to provide some ideas of productive things to attend to while waiting for the proper swath or harvest timing so that you have a safe and efficient harvest.

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FARM SAFETY

Harvest time can be a very busy time, but rushing some actions or using shortcuts can lead to unsafe situations and potentially to accidents. Everyone deserves to have a safe harvest, and following these few precautions can help with this.

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HARVEST PREPARATIONS- KEY ITEMS TO MAKE YOUR HARVEST RUN SMOOTHER

While you’re letting your canola fields mature to the level of seed colour change that will be best for your upcoming swath or straight combining operation, check these useful items off your harvest prep list.

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PREPARING TO STRAIGHT CUT YOUR CANOLA CROP?

When preparing to straight cut your canola, consider these factors and potential situations, in order to optimize your operation.

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INSECT UPDATE- DBM, BAW, FLEA BEETLES AND ROOT MAGGOTS

While some areas aren’t reporting much insect activity, there are a few insect hot spots and some regions with insects close to threshold levels. When scouting your canola for insects, go out in early morning or late evening when larvae are mostly active, and try to sample at least five locations (although 10-15 is recommended) of each field. Look at each of these areas of the plant for these insects.

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DISEASE UPDATE- DETERMINE WHAT MAY BE TAKING SOME OF YOUR YIELD AWAY

For a quick estimation of what’s going on in fields, pull at least a dozen plants in every field you scout. Then, inspect the roots for clubroot, take a look at the stems for sclerotinia and cut at the base of the stem to examine for blackleg. Repeat in suspicious-looking thin, dead or drowned out spots. Record your observations somewhere that it will be available for several years. If that seemed easy you can improve your scouting with the procedure below.

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CANOLA WATCH QUIZ: DISEASE ID

Can you identify these diseases?

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UPCOMING EVENTS AND NOTABLE ITEMS

Check out these upcoming events and items!

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Upcoming Events

Cypress Conference 2017

One Day conference in Medicine Hat
Oct 26
Medicine Hat, AB

Alberta Crops Breakfast

Guest Speaker Den Gallimore on the Proposed Federal Tax Changes
Nov 9
Red Deer, Alberta

Powering Your Profits - Lacombe

Join Alberta Canola Director Mike Ammeter for a day of agronomy, marketing and management information
Nov 14
Lacombe, Alberta
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