Canola Watch – May 9, 2018

May 9, 2018

CANOLA WATCH QUIZ – FERTILIZER

Three questions on fertilizer applications to test your knowledge.

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MAP OF THE WEEK – HERBICIDE CARRYOVER RISK

The map shows herbicide carryover risk in Saskatchewan based on summer 2017 precipitation. In-season moisture from last season is the measure that influences herbicide breakdown.

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“FERTILE THOUGHTS” BY SHAWN SENKO

… Part way through the harrowing job, I asked myself: “Why am I doing this?” …

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QUESTIONS ABOUT SEEDING INTO DRY SOILS

Should I seed now or wait for the moisture situation to improve?
What seed-placed fertilizer rate is appropriate in dry conditions?
Should I seed deep enough to reach moisture?

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SEEDING SPEED: EVERY SEEDER, EVERY FIELD IS DIFFERENT

Each seeding tool has a different ideal speed for consistent placement. And soil type, residue cover and moisture will mean different ideal speeds from field to field and year to year. Every field could be handled differently to find a balance between placement and speed.

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WEED COMPETITION IS COSTLY

Weeds that emerge before the crop can be highly damaging to crop yield potential because they out-compete the crop for moisture, nutrients and sunlight. When the crop emerges, all early weeds need to be dead.

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TAKE 2 MINUTES TO ENTER SEED SIZE IN CANOLA CALCULATOR

Take the thousand-seed weight for each canola seed lot and run it through the seed rate calculator at canolacalculator.ca. This will indicate the seeding rate required to hit your target stand. It takes two minutes – or less.

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AGRONOMY: SCOUTING WITH AN OPEN MIND

Crop scouting can begin the week after seeding to check on early emergence issues. The key with scouting at any crop stage and for any issue is to make a proper diagnosis before taking corrective action. Here are common early-season problems in canola and the set of symptoms often associated with each….

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FARM SAFETY: FIRES IN DRY FIELDS

Step one: Call 911 as soon as possible, and use the fire extinguishers if it is safe to do so. Know the legal land location (Township Road and Range Road) to provide directions to the fire department.

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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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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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