Seven questions based on things CCC saw or talked about this week.
The flea beetle situation seems worse than usual. The simplest reason seems the most logical: Warm and dry weather favours flea beetle emergence and activity. The same dry weather slows crop growth, leaving plants at a vulnerable small size for longer.
Patches of missing plants will prompt farmers and agronomists to start scouting for cutworms. This scouting step is important because other factors, including dry seedbed conditions and others, can also cause patchy growth. You need to identify the cause so you make accurate action decisions.
If weeds are present, then yes, you should spray. In some ways, dry conditions should do more to encourage early spraying because you don’t want weeds taking up what moisture is there.
We know that canola harvest losses can be significant, but what is the current canola harvest loss situation across the Prairies? You can help us find out.
Call your provincial farm stress lines to talk about anything causing stress for you or someone you care about. Here are the numbers….
This year, Alberta canolaPALOOZA will have 25 learning stations and over 125 speakers to teach you everything you need to know about canola production (including how to grow other crops in a sustainable crop rotation).
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