Canola Watch – September 12, 2018

September 12, 2018

SNOW ON CANOLA. WHAT TO DO?

Snow on canola swaths in Saskatchewan. October 5, 2016. Credit: Ian Epp

Common scenarios growers face with the snow on canola are:

  1. Canola is immature when snow falls.
  2. Canola is ready to swath when snow falls.
  3. Canola left standing for straight combining is hit with snow.
  4. Canola in the swath was already dry and has been hit with snow.

Here is a description of each scenario, along with some tips to help with decision-making…

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CANOLA WATCH QUIZ – WHEN TO SPRAY WEEDS?

Fall is a good time to control perennial and winter annual weeds, but when exactly is the best time to spray? This quiz can help.

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MAP OF THE WEEK – SOIL MOISTURE

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DISEASE WATCH 2018: BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER HARVEST

Here is a compilation of timely disease tips based on observations in the fields this week. Look for blackleg (shown above) and clubroot in particular this fall.

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DELAYED HARVEST GETTING YOU DOWN? TALK ABOUT IT

Cool temperatures and a prolonged harvest are making farmers anxious. Are you too stressed? Is stress starting to affect your life? Good people are here to listen.

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SWATH TIMING: FROST FORECAST, SLOW COLOUR CHANGE AND CALENDAR DATE

The ideal swath timing for top yield is when average seed colour change across the field is at least 60% on the main stem. But canola growers may want to reassess that approach based on the following considerations.

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WHEN IS CANOLA “READY” TO STRAIGHT COMBINE?

How many days delayed am I going to be with straight combining versus swathing? It depends on your expectation of “ready”.

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CANOLA DISCOVERY FORUM: SEEDING EQUIPMENT PANEL

This year’s Canola Discovery Forum (CDF), October 22-23 in Banff, Alberta, takes a deep dive into canola stand establishment challenges and opportunities, with perspectives from seed companies, producers, equipment manufacturers and academia. One of our panels features representatives from Vaderstad, John Deere and Bourgault who will highlight the research and development efforts their companies are making to improve canola stand establishment.

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STORAGE: FAN LIMITATIONS IN LARGE BINS

Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) recently studied air movement through a 25,000-bushel bin. With canola, they found that a standard, single phase 10-hp centrifugal fan could not push air through canola when the bin was full. In fact, the threshold for that bin seemed to be about 17,000 bushels. The situation was worse with two […]

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GIVE WEEDS TIME TO RE-GROW BEFORE SPRAYING

Fall is a good time to control perennial and winter annual weeds, but spraying immediately after harvest may not provide the best results. Before spraying, identify the weeds present. Are they perennials? Winter annuals? Annuals? Clubroot hosts?

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DRY SOILS: FALL MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS

Dry conditions throughout the summer and heading into winter could have ramifications for field management decisions this fall and rotation planning for next year.

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FALL FERTILIZER PLANNING: SAMPLING AND APPLICATION

Whether taking a soil sample or applying fall fertilizer, mid September is generally considered to be too early for both.

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OUR MOST-CLICKED ARTICLES FROM LAST WEEK

Alberta: Frost hits canola: What do you do?
Saskatchewan: Frost hits canola: What do you do?
Manitoba: Frost forecast and swath timing

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FROST HITS CANOLA. WHAT DO YOU DO?

Default to waiting. Don’t make a snap decision to swath. Before taking any harvest action, start with this sequence….

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