Canola Watch – June 8, 2016

June 8, 2016

TOP 10 THINGS TO NOTE IN EARLY JUNE

Most crops are now emerged and getting established. This is a good time to take a close look for any issues that may need immediate action and crop establishment mistakes that can be corrected next year.

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TOP DRESS TIPS FOR NITROGEN AND SULPHUR

The ideal timing for fertilizer application is at seeding. This saves an extra pass over the field and ensures that the expected fertilizer requirement is in place when the crop needs it. But if nutrient loss or increase crop yield potential have changed the situation, in-crop applications may be economical. Here are tips…

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SEE SYMPTOMS BUT DON’T KNOW THE CAUSE? TRY THIS TOOL

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The online Canola Diagnostic Tool is designed to help growers and agronomists work through symptoms to find the likely cause.

Try it:

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CANOLA USUALLY RECOVERS FROM EARLY-SEASON HAIL

Hail on canola, June 21, 2015. Credit: Val Katerenchuk

The later hail occurs, the higher the chance of yield loss, given that the plants have less time to recover. Hail on seedlings rarely results in yield loss. Heavy hail at the 6-leaf stage will have more yield loss but recovery can occur.

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SPRAYING FOR BLACKLEG — THE DECISION

Blackleg lesion on young canola. Credit: Angela Brackenreed

Scouting now for lesions on young canola plants and for pseudothecia on blackleg stubble is one step in blackleg management. Here are factors that increase the blackleg risk….

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ONGOING ISSUES: FLEA BEETLES, CUTWORMS, EXCESS MOISTURE

If flea beetles, cutworms and excess moisture stress are still affecting canola in your region this week, here is a recap of a few articles and links from the past few weeks.

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NOVEL PRODUCTS: RUN YOUR OWN TESTS

Rescue treatments for hail, excess moisture and other stress factors are rarely tested in broad scientific studies. Growers considering these treatments have to remember the decision comes down to “buyer beware”.

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BROADCAST SEEDING CANOLA — TIPS

This canola was broadcast onto fairly heavy residue. Source: Justine Cornelsen

Broadcast seeding is a last resort, only to be used when proper placement with a drill is not possible. In late springs with wet conditions, for example, broadcast seeding may be the only way to get the job done.

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SURVEY SAYS: TAKE PART IN OUR CANOLAPALOOZA FAMILY FEUD SURVEY

Part of the fun at canolaPALOOZA in Lacombe on June 28 will be a Family Feud style game show. Contestants will be canolaPALOOZA attendees. To make the game more canola-y, we have a to use in the show. In Family Feud, the host asks two teams a question, like “Name something farmers often exaggerate.” Teams then compete to fill in the top survey responses.

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CANOPY CLOSURE: CANOLA VS. WHEAT

It may seem that canola grows slower than wheat, but consider what variables may influence this observation. Wheat is often seeded earlier, which is one major reason why it may appear to be growing faster. A 2006-08 5-location study* by Neil Harker with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, Alberta, compared two canola hybrids and […]

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WEED CONTROL CAUTIONS FOR PLANTS UNDER HEAT STRESS

Performance for the following canola system herbicides will drop off at the given temperatures:

Glyphosate — 30°C
Glufosinate — 28°C
Clearfield system products — 28°C

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