Evaluating frost damage

May 16, 2012

When temperatures drop below zero degrees in the spring, canola growers cringe at the possibility of a canola stand wipe out.  This spring has created some real opportunity for stomachs to turn as some canola stands have faced temperatures as low as minus eight Celsius.

Troy Prosofsky, Canola Council of Canada does a great job of showing us how to properly evaluate the frost damage to make sure that you understand the decision of whether to re-seed or not.  We get deep into the furrow and take a really close look at which plants will survive and which canola plants are dead like Elvis. Evaluating whether the growing point is pinched off or is still viable is a critical evaluation.


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