Heat blast, drones, rail bridges, and dad jokes — LIVE! with Jay Whetter


How do you keep online events interesting? What’s the next big thing in canola agronomy?

This is where we kick off the LIVE! Q&A with none other than Jay Whetter, editor of Canola Digest! Whetter joins host Shaun Haney to talk about some of the biggest agronomic challenges of 2020 and what’s ahead for 2021, with just a few meandering discussions on history, trains, bridges, and dad jokes.

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  • What’s top of mind for canola coming out of the 2020 season?
  • Should broadcast N be completely removed from 4R? That was debated this year.
  • Menti poll: added a neat level of interaction for the online event — made it interactive and fun!
  • And if it’s fun it gets done!
  • What was some of the forward looking stuff? These:
  • What can we test soil nutrient levels on-the-go? The tech is coming, and that is super exciting
  • Hybrid goals: nitrogen use efficiency? And choosing a hybrid for your region and soil zone
  • Stories on the go: aerial applications by helicopters, and drones
  • Drones have been on the tech “next big thing” for 1o years
  • Next: indigenous farming prior to western settlement
  • And was this near Dand?
  • Back to summer 2020 — not just hot days, but also warm nights
  • There’s plenty of research that shows that too much heat, especially for those first 14 days, eats yield and yield that can’t be made up
  • What about too cool?
  • Whatever happened to juncea’s promise?
  • Now we hear about a railway bridge! (Editor’s note: I love trains)
  • It’s a giant bottle neck, three fold. Marine traffic gets the right of way.
  • Jay loves trains, too. He’s done the Vancouver to Winnipeg trip
  • DAD JOKES. There is groaning.
  • 2021 story? Les Henry’s soil moisture map shows that soil moisture is going to be a big story heading in to the growing season. ouch.

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