Canola Watch – May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021

Take the CanolaCounts survey to map canola plant density and emergence plus qualify to win prizes.

Canola Quiz – Plan for Success

Canola Counts is a new crowd-sourced survey from the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). The survey tool will map canola plant densities and emergence percentages while helping to drive the adoption of regular plant counts as an important step in achieving target yields. This quiz will get you primed to count!

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In This Issue

Count your canola — win prizes
Canola Counts, the new crowd-sourced survey from the Canola Council of Canada (CCC), is now live at The survey will map canola plant densities and emergence across the prairies in the spring and fall.

How can you participate in Canola Counts? It’s easy, mobile-friendly, and only takes about 60 seconds to input data:

  1. Take several plant counts across a canola field to get an average number of plants per square metre or square foot.
  2. Visit
  3. Enter field info including average plant density and let the tool calculate emergence.
  4. Share summary email with partners, clients or staff.
  5. Review end of season maps to see how your fields measure up to regional norms.

Each field entered at is a chance to win weekly gift cards Prizes will go to the users who enter the most fields in each Prairie province.

Don’t panic: here are some post-frost tips
Most growers’ first question after a spring frost is “Did the crop survive?”. Like many ag-related questions, the answer is “It depends.” This article offers some tips on when and how to determine the damage and whether you should re-seed. Another common question post-frost is when to resume weed control. Read this Canola Watch article for some rules of thumb.

Timing is everything with burnoff
The window between seeding and emergence is critical for early season weed control, especially if weeds are starting to emerge and seeded canola is taking a long time to emerge. In some cases, a pre-emergence spray may be required. A common method is to combine two or more compatible crop protection products (often glyphosate with a tank mix partner). This post-seeding spray can be particularly useful if a grower missed a pre-seed burnoff due to unfavourable environmental conditions. However, there is usually a small window available for post-seeding/pre-emergence spraying, so timing is everything. More information is available here under “Post-seeding/pre-emergence spray window.”

Attack early-season insect threats as soon as possible
Depending on when you seeded your canola, percentage of plants emerged and your location, your crop may have already been a victim or may be at risk to damage from early-season crop insects such as flea beetles and cutworms. Hitting a target stand of five to eight plants per square foot will sometimes require sprays to protect young plants from these pests. How to assess leaf area loss from flea beetles can help you determine if your flea beetle population has reached the action threshold of 25 per cent or more (watch this short video for a refresher on thresholds), while this article can help you make timely scouting and spray decisions for cutworms.

Scout Checklist

How to Scout?
Management options?

Seedling Diseases
How to Scout?
Management options?

How to Scout?
Management options?

Community Connection

Talk It Out – May 19, 6:00 PM CST. The Do More Agriculture Foundation offers Talk It Out sessions. They are a free opportunity to join your peers every second Wednesday to chat about mental health and ask questions.

WEBINAR – Last Minute Checklist For In Crop Spraying – May 27, 10:00 AM CDT. This one-hour presentation will cover topics and scenarios to maximize in-crop spraying performance. Guests are Tom Wolf, Ian Epp and moderator Jay Whetter. CEUs available. Registration and information.

Safety checklist – Canadian Agricultural Safety Association encourages all farms to have a safety checklist, and go through the checklist at the beginning of each season. The CASA template includes: Is all equipment equipped with proper lighting and reflective markings? Do I have enough fire extinguishers and are they maintained? Is everyone trained for the tasks they will be performing? And more.

Pests and Predators Field Guide – Field Heroes has a new publication with images and practical tips to help identify and manage insect pests, and identify and protect beneficial insects.

Canola Watch is a free, unbiased, timely and research focused weekly newsletter from the Canola Council of Canada Crop Production Team

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Upcoming Events

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