Canola Watch – February 8, 2019

February 8, 2019

DRY CONDITIONS ELEVATE HERBICIDE CARRYOVER RISK


Residual herbicides need a moist environment for herbicide breakdown to occur within the expected timeframe. In dry conditions, the two major breakdown methods – hydrolysis or microbial degradation – will slow down, which elevates the carryover risk.

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CPT DATA ADDED TO ONLINE TOOL

Canola variety results from the 2018 Canola Performance Trials (CPTs) have been added into the searchable database on the CPT website, so all your queries can now include 2018 data in addition to the 2011-2017 datasets. Find out average yield, lodging, height values or days to maturity for specific varieties or for all varieties grown in any number of years by using the searchable database at the bottom of the home page at canolaperformancetrials.ca.

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CHANGING WEATHER MEANS MOISTURE MOVEMENT IN BINS

As temperatures shift from frigid to mild, warming of grain at the outside edges of bins will trigger new movement of moisture throughout the grain. This could increase the spoilage risk for grain stored tough.

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WHAT IS SEED DORMANCY AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Dormancy happens when a canola seed experiences unfavourable germination conditions and ‘decides’ not to invest in germination until a later date. This is the main contributing factor in the persistence of volunteer canola, which may not germinate for years after the seeds first fall to the ground.

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INTERPRETING BLACKLEG RACE ID TEST RESULTS

Step 1. Sample Collection The ideal time to pull and assess plants for blackleg infection is at 60% seed colour change, which is around swath timing. Plants should still be green. Cut just below the crown of the plant into the root material to assess. “Look for black discolouration within the hypocotyl tissue, often appearing […]

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CLUBROOT MANAGEMENT: DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE DEAD PATCHES

Healthy-looking plants can still have galls that release millions, possibly billions of spores.

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TOP NOTCH FARMING MEETINGS, SASKATCHEWAN

SaskCanola’s Top Notch Farming meetings continue next week at three locations – Melfort, Humboldt and Davidson. SaskCanola will accept walk-up registrations onsite at each meeting. Meetings are FREE to attend.

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TAKE PART IN CROWD-SOURCED INSECT REPORTING

Think how on the ball we could be with insect management if everyone shared their scouting results? We could see hot spots flare up early in very localized areas, providing a highly valuable alert to farmers within and beside those areas. Provincial entomologists tracking insect outbreaks would welcome your input.

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PARTICIPATE IN A STUDY TO IMPROVE WETLANDS MANAGEMENT

The Saskatchewan study will look for practical solutions to better manage wetlands in agricultural fields to (1) harness the agriculture benefits of the wetland while (2) minimizing producer losses.

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COMING EVENTS

Canola coming events. Mark your calendar. Register. Learn.

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COMBINE COLLEGE: GET TO KNOW YOUR COMBINE

Combine settings can be a big factor in reducing canola losses during harvest. So how well do you know your combine and its best settings for canola harvest? And do you know how to adjust settings to reduce losses as conditions change throughout the day? Winter is a good time to review the combine manual […]

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LEADING CHANGE AT THE FIRST CANADIAN CROPS CONVENTION

The Canola Council of Canada is working together with the Canada Grains Council to bring you the 2019 Canadian Crops Convention. This event combines the annual CCC Convention and CGC Symposium and will attract people from across the grain, oilseed, pulse and special crop value chains to work towards the united goals of Canadian agriculture.  […]

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CANOLA WATCH 2018 EXAM: ANSWERS

The official exam period for our annual quiz is closed, but you can still test your knowledge. ANSWER KEY is now included.

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