Canola School: Why You Should Seed Canola First Once it Dries Up

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The weather in Western Canada this spring has really been unbelievable. With portions of March that felt like June and an April that felt like January, farmers have been stalled in the field. Many tractors and seeders were trapped in snow drifts for a couple weeks and many people were without power a couple times.

When it does dry up it is important to know what you should be seeding first.  Many farmers would base this decision completely on the longest days to maturity needed.  Ross McKenzie from the Lethbridge Research Station says that more needs to be considered when planning your seeding order. You need to consider not only days to maturity but also crop value and seeding depth.  In the below video Ross does a great job of also discussing the yield loss by seeding date research that he has been doing at the Lethbridge Research Station.  Make no mistake about it, once it is dry enough you need to seed your canola acres first.  In the video below Ross tells you why. 

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Shaun Haney

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