Canola Watch – April 30, 2020

April 30, 2020

HARVEST SAMPLE PROGRAM FOR SPRING-HARVESTED CANOLA

The Canadian Grain Commission has restarted its project researching the quality of late-harvested (i.e. spring harvested) canola and flax.

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EARLY WEED CONTROL IS ESSENTIAL TO CANOLA PROFITABILITY

Weeds that emerge before the crop will out-compete the crop for moisture, nutrients and sunlight. That is why just a small number of weeds – even just a few per square foot – emerging before or with the crop can be much more damaging to yield potential than a larger number of weeds flushing later.

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PODCAST: UPDATE ON CHINA, COVID-19

Canola Watch re-posts this April 28 audio presentation with two timely themes – trade with China and COVID-19. Presenters are Jim Everson, president of the Canola Council of Canada, and Rick White, president and CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association.

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HOW TO IMPROVE CANOLA SEED EMERGENCE

The percentage of canola seeds that emerge to form plants is typically in the range of 50 to 60 per cent. The goal is to move the Western Canadian average closer to 75 per cent, and give more seeds a chance to contribute to the crop’s profitability. Here’s how to do it.

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FERTILIZER: SAFE-SEED PLACED RATES

The recommended practice for canola is to place no more than 20 lb./ac. of phosphate (40 lb./ac. of MAP, for example) with the seed and put all other fertilizer outside the seed row.

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PRODUCTS TO DISINFECT SCOUTING TOOLS

Bleach is a low-cost and highly effective disnfectant for clubroot spores on equipment, scouting tools, boots and tires. But you have other product options. While you prepare your scouting tool kit, here is the whole list of stuff to include.

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