Canola Watch – February 7, 2018

February 7, 2018

INSECT DISTRIBUTION MAPS FOR 2017 AND FORECAST MAPS FOR 2018

Prairie Pest Monitoring Network (PPMN) regional maps for insect pests affecting canola are provided in this article.

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HOW MUCH FERTILIZER DOES CANOLA NEED?

Canola generally needs nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur fertilizer each year. A small percentage of fields will also benefit from a potassium application. The following article suggests what canola needs and what soil and crop residue could provide. The rest will come from fertilizer.

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CONVERSATIONS FROM CANOLAB AT FARMTECH

The Canola Council of Canada agronomy team held a mini canoLAB at the Alberta Canola booth during FarmTech in Edmonton last week. Three common conversation topics came up as farmers and agronomists visited the booth….

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MOVING SOIL, MOVING CLUBROOT: MACHINERY REMINDER

Going to an auction sale this spring? Before bringing home a new machine, check that it’s clean outside and in. Soil on used drills, combines and basically any field machinery could contain clubroot spores.

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CLUBROOT: RESPONSIBILITIES FOR AGRONOMISTS, CUSTOM OPERATORS AND SOIL SAMPLERS

Anyone who moves from field to field has a responsibility to reduce their risk of spreading clubroot (and other pests, including aphanomyces and noxious weed seeds). That means avoiding build up of soil on vehicles and boots and, if the vehicle or boots do get muddy, taking time to remove that mud before moving to another farm.

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THE VARIETY YOU WANT IS SOLD OUT? USE CPT TO FIND ALTERNATIVES

As canola varieties sell out, canola growers can research alternative choices at . The website provides independent, third-party variety performance data from small plot and field scale trials across the Prairies.

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WHY ADD A TANK MIX TO PRE-SEED GLYPHOSATE?

Of all the glyphosate applied in the pre-seed window in Western Canada in 2017, 73% was applied alone. Only 27% was tank mixed. That’s according to data Monsanto presented at meetings this winter. Tank mixing multiple modes of action is generally considered one of the best ways to avoid herbicide-resistance, so we want to see that tank-mixing number grow.

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BLOWING COLD AIR THROUGH CANOLA BINS

As we exit the winter period of really cold days, growers may wonder whether running fans on cold days to substantially drop the temperature of stored canola is worthwhile? This is not a researched scenario, but we asked grain storage researcher Joy Agnew of PAMI for her thoughts.

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WHAT ARE THE AGRONOMY SPECIALISTS UP TO IN FEBRUARY?

The spread of clubroot in Alberta, including the Peace, and confirmation in Districts 9A and 9B in Saskatchewan has increased the number of clubroot updates conducted over the winter. Many of these events are still upcoming and will feature presentations from CCC agronomy specialists. Read about these and more…

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COMING EVENTS

Canola events for February and March.

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