It won’t be long before final decisions on seeding rate, seeding date, and pre-seed burndown are made. Every year holds a certain level of unknown, but a few key pests are proving to be a likely issue for the coming growing season.
For this episode of the Canola School, Lyndsey Smith is joined by editor of Canola Digest, Jay Whetter, to recap the main lessons and alerts discussed during Canola Week held earlier this month.
While flea beetles were not as fierce as feared in ’23, there’s some new data to suggest that seedling plant density could play a significant role in overcoming feeding, Whetter says. Plus, where grasshoppers were bad this last year they may in fact be worse next year. And, the rising rate and type of herbicide resistant weeds has many farmers seriously considering new modes of action (hint: not found in a jug).
For that discussion, smash the play button, and for background information on the topics as referred to in the School, scroll down for links!
- Dr. Charles Geddes’ study on kochia resistance, including the triple stacks: https://canoladigest.ca/science-edition-2023/widespread-triple-resistance-in-kochia/
- Integrated weed management: https://www.canolacouncil.org/canola-watch/fundamentals/integrated-weed-management-best-practices/
- Costamagna study on flea beetles: https://canoladigest.ca/science-edition-2023/strategies-to-improve-flea-beetle-control/