What we know, and don't know, about canola production in the brown soil zone


Demand for canola is still very high across the globe, and domestic processing demand is set to explode in the coming years.

But where will all that canola come from? Rotations are already too tight in many areas, and the spectre of clubroot and flea beetles alone has perhaps capped acre expansion. That’s got some looking to the brown soil zone of the Prairies for added acres.

Marissa Robitaille Balog, agronomy specialist for the Canola Council of Canada, joined RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis at the Alberta Canola Conference last month to talk about what recent research and analysis suggests is possible — or very challenging — with growing canola here.

Rainfall is a limiting factor, for sure, but for growers in the region who need or want to rotate away from pulses, for example, there may be an opportunity with canola. Robitaille Balog says that there is still some knowledge gaps on the agronomy side, however, that still need filled.

Nutrient management, specifically fertilizer placement, is one area that still needs more attention, she says.

Check out the full conversation, below:


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