Canola Watch – September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

QUIZ – FALL COUNTING

Six questions provide tips on what to look for in fields this fall, and how these counts can help with field management in 2021.

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STORAGE RISKS – HIGH MOISTURE TOP FOR 2020

All canola should be conditioned immediately after combining to cool it down, even out the temperature throughout the bin and remove any moisture released through natural seed respiration that occurs in the first hours to weeks after harvest.

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A GOOD REASON TO COUNT STEMS AT HARVEST

Average stem counts for each canola field harvested this year can put yield, quality and harvest date results in perspective and help with seeding rate decisions in 2021.

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SEED TIP: COMPARE VARIETY PERFORMANCE OVER MULTIPLE YEARS

You can get a good sense of the consistency of a cultivar by looking at performance over various locations and years. The Canola Performance Trials website includes many years of data, so you can check height, lodging, maturity or yield averages over the past three to five (or even more) years.

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SEED TRAITS: WHAT ARE THE STANDARDS?

This list covers the options available for canola seed traits and describes official standards (if any) for each trait.

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FALL WEED CONTROL – TIMING AND TARGETS

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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HOW TO REDUCE COMBINE LOSSES

This article explains how to measure losses, and then how to set the combine to reduce losses.

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STRAIGHT COMBINING: THREE TIMING SCENARIOS

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

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CONNECTIONS

Canola Watch has many valued connections, including the Canola Council of Canada, SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and Manitoba Canola Growers, as well as research institutions, government extension departments, ag businesses, universities and other commodity groups. This section provides timely support for canola-related projects outside of Canola Watch.

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