As a rule of thumb, you only get about 40 chances to grow your canola yield of dreams. So, when it comes time to plan out your next planting season, you’ve got a couple of big decisions to consider. Which seeds to go with? What volume to seed at to maintain your yield potential, by achieving the ideal target plant population? We’d like to tell you about something new that will help make this easier.
Give your canola the target plant population advantage
Our research has shown (consistent with the Canola Council of Canada*) that a target plant population of 5 to 8 plants/ft²* will maintain the yield potential of your canola crop. It’s important to find the balance. Any less, and you leave your field more vulnerable to weeds. Any more, and you risk fields filled with potentially thinner, less productive plants, that are more prone to lodging. To put it another way, 5 to 8 plants/ft²* is the perfect way to set your canola crop up for success.
Here at DEKALB®, our recommended seeding rate is 10 seeds/ft². With average canola survivability in Western Canada ranging from 50 to 80%, this seeding rate supports a target plant population of 5 to 8 plants/ft². Now, here comes the good (and easy) part.
Optimal seeding rates. It’s not about bag weight. It’s about precision
When it comes to seeding for a successful season, it’s not about how much a seed bag weighs- it’s precision that counts. It’s about making sure you get the right number of seeds in each and every bag of canola you plant. We have a long history of packaging by seed count with corn and soybeans, and now we’re applying the same methods of precision to canola seed.
The power of TSW (Thousand seed weight)
Using our unique ability to accurately measure TSW (Thousand seed weight), we can ensure that every bag of DEKALB canola contains no less than 4.25M seeds – the proven optimal target plant population for every 10 acres. Just choose the hybrid that’s right for you and you’re on your way to optimizing the agronomic performance of your DEKALB canola.
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