Canola Watch – May 2, 2018

May 2, 2018

HOW TO INCREASE CANOLA SEED SURVIVAL RATES

Only about 60 percent of canola seeds survive to become plants, on average. With the following tips, canola farmers can increase seed survival and get more from their seed investment.

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WHY WAIT TO SEED? SOIL WILL ONLY GET WARMER

While warmer soil will speed up germination and will help with seed survival, canola seeded early May generally out-yields canola seed late May. If fields are dry enough to support the seeding tool and tractor, seeding can begin no matter the soil temperature today. If seedbed conditions are good and the forecast is dry, farmers may want to take advantage of a good situation for crop establishment.

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QUICK TEST FOR SAFE RATES OF SEED-PLACED FERTILIZER

A quick test for the safety of seed-placed fertilizer is to turn off the fertilizer feed for about 100 feet, mark the spot, and go back and compare stand establishment in treated and untreated areas.

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WEED CONSIDERATIONS FOR EARLY MAY

For best results, spray winter annuals when they’re small. They’ll be growing fast this week.

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CHECK WITH YOUR GRAIN BUYER ABOUT QUINCLORAC USE IN 2018

Growers are advised to contact their grain buyer BEFORE using quinclorac in 2018 as processors and grain handlers remain concerned about market risk.

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CLUBROOT, WET SPRINGS AND MUD

Moving soil means moving clubroot. Because more soil clings to machinery in wet conditions, wet springs will increase the risk of clubroot movement.

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MANAGEMENT AND MORE AT INTERNATIONAL CLUBROOT WORKSHOP

The 2018 International Clubroot Workshop is August 7-9 in Edmonton, Alberta.

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BIOSECURITY FOR FIELD CROPS: WHY AND HOW?

Biosecurity is something that livestock and horticulture producers have used for years to keep diseases from spreading to their barns, greenhouses and orchards. It is time for broad-acre crop producers to think biosecurity, too.

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MORE CROPS, MORE FUN AT CANOLAPALOOZA 2018

canolaPALOOZA, the free fun learning event for canola producers, will be better (aren’t they always) and broader (not just canola) in 2018. Click the links below to see the long list of topics and presenters for each location. Set aside the whole day for learning, food, friends and fun.

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INSECT TRAPS IN SENTINEL FIELDS

Nicole Philp has her diamondback moth trap set up at her sentinel field near Regina. She will report her moth counts to Saskatchewan Agriculture.

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GET TO KNOW THE CANOLA RESEARCH HUB

The Canola Research Hub at canolaresearch.ca translates agronomy research findings into tangible on-farm practices to improve productivity and profitability. Here are a few ways to find out more about the Hub.

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MAP OF THE WEEK – PRECIPITATION FORECAST FOR MAY-JULY

Environment Canada forecasts shows a 40-60% probability that precipitation will be BELOW normal across the Prairies for May-June-July 2018. The forecast leans dry.

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CANOLA WATCH QUIZ – WEED SEEDLINGS

How well do you know your weed seedlings? Test yourself with these five photos.

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