How well do you know your canola stem infections? Take this photo quiz to brush up on the distinguishing features of common stem diseases.
The following table will help you identify the diseases present, which is necessary in order to make the right management decisions.
Clubroot continues to be confirmed in new areas. Random scouting of healthy looking plants is important because by the time galls are big enough to cause above-ground symptoms, clubroot has taken a firm hold in the field.
Optimal swath timing for canola yield and quality is when at least 60% of seeds on the main stem are showing some colour change. Here’s how to determine seed-colour change.
Late season hail can damage pods and increase the shattering risk for those pods. Before jumping the gun and swathing too early, take these decision-making steps:
The goal is to have bins clean before the next crop. This includes sealing or patching (if necessary) to prevent moisture from getting in, and cleaning to remove stored-grain insects.
Bertha armyworm numbers are at thresholds in more Peace-region canola fields this week. Growers in the Birch Hills, Saddle Hills and Northern Sunrise areas in particular are encouraged to scout.
Growers who participate in the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program get an unofficial grade, including dockage, oil content and chlorophyll (green) content for their canola.
Europe is buying Canadian canola to make biofuel, but each farmer who delivers into the program must answer a short questionnaire. The questions ask about on-farm practices and sustainability standards that growers must meet to qualify for sales into the European Union.
If the priority is getting the crop in the bin (not maximum yield), swathed canola can be ready to combine earlier than standing canola…but swathing early does not necessarily mean combining early.
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