You can’t really blame mice and deer from taking a bite out of overwintering canola swaths — your crop is literally a giant buffet for them. And, of course, animals have never heard the saying “don’t poop where you eat,” and so, to add insult to injury, not only has overwintered canola been downgraded by quality issues, now there’s excreta to worry about.
In this second Canola School tackling the problem of overwintered canola, Veronique Barthet, oilseed research scientist at the Canadian Grain Commission, explains that it’s more than just off-colours and free-fatty acids downgrading the crop. Animal excrement has been showing up in combined samples, and the tolerances for such are very, very low.
Watch below for the second part of Barthet’s explanation on overwintered canola issues, and where you can go to get the full report of what the Canadian Grain Commission learns from this year’s testing.