Canola Watch – September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019

CANOLA WATCH QUIZ – HARVEST LOSS SCENARIOS

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PRE-HARVEST SCOUTING: THINGS TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK

CCC agronomy specialists are seeing more verticillium stripe this year. Look for shredding of the outer stem tissue. As the stem’s outer skin peels back, you can see tiny black microsclerotia beneath the surface.

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BEST TIME FOR… TIPS FOR VARIOUS HARVEST-TIME SCENARIOS

Best time for… perennial weed spraying, disease surveys, swathing, straight combining and pre-harvest glyphosate/Reglone/Heat LQ,

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HOW TO REDUCE COMBINE LOSSES

Simple kitchen measuring tools also work. Credit: Angela Brackenreed

Canola producers can lose up to five bushels per acre – perhaps even more – if the combine isn’t adjusted properly. Here are tips to measure combine losses and make adjustment to limit those losses, putting more canola in the bin and reducing the volunteer canola seedbank in your fields.

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PAMI HARVEST LOSS SURVEY BEGINS

PAMI is surveying canola fields this harvest to measure combine losses. Results will be posted over the winter.

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STORAGE RISKS: CANOLA BINNED HOT

With a couple of surprisingly hot days, canola harvested in those conditions may have gone into the bin at a high-risk temperature.

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RESIDUE MANAGEMENT: THE COMBINE CAN INFLUENCE STAND ESTABLISHMENT

Give your future seedbed a good start by managing residue this fall. Here’s how… Combine adjustments. Let the combine do the work to provide a thin even layer of residue. This could eliminate the need to go in again to harrow or burn off residue. Before making any changes, get out and check spread patterns […]

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DO YOU NEED TO SPRAY GERMINATING VOLUNTEERS?

Volunteer canola.

The general advice is to leave them. As annuals, frost and winter will kill off most of them, and any money spent trying to control these volunteers would be wasted. Possible exceptions that may change your approach….

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A FEW TIPS TO CELEBRATE ‘PHOSPHORUS WEEK’

In celebration of Phosphorus Week and the 350th anniversary of the discovery of this essential element for agriculture, Fertilizer Canada launched “4R Management of Phosphorus Fertilizer in the Northern Great Plains: A Review of the Scientific Literature”, written by Cindy Grant and Don Flaten.Here are a few key messages….

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RAIN DELAYS HARVEST. WHAT TO DO?

Harvest delays due to soggy soils, frequent rains and even mist have canola growers wondering about risk to the crop and what, if anything, they can do reduce these risks

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FROST RISK RISING. SHOULD I CUT THAT GREEN CANOLA?

A lot of canola crops across Western Canada need a couple of weeks before all seeds are physiologically mature. With the frost risk rising with each passing day, farmers wonder if they should hurry up and cut that crop – even if cutting it green means a big sacrifice of yield.

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