Category: Canola

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 17: Western Canada leads #plant17, leaf burn woes, and crusting corn

Cork-screw corn, good-looking western spring crops, heat unit discrepancies — it’s been a wild week of major seeding progress in Western Canada, while much of Ontario’s planting progress has been hamstrung with extremely cold and wet weather. Some Ontario farmers, including Wheat Pete’s Word host Peter Johnson, are on to plan C for field prep as rain… Read more »

Canola School: Options for seeding canola in wet conditions

For some farmers in some southern parts of Western Canada, seeding is starting to wrap up. But others are still have the challenge of getting last year’s crop off, all while trying to get this year’s crop in the ground. In this Canola School episode, we talk to Brittany Hennig, agronomy specialist for the Canola Council of… Read more »

BASF presents: The Straight Cutting Experience

Listen as canola growers and industry experts from across Western Canada discuss their straight cutting experiences and tips in this five-part podcast series presented by BASF. You won’t want to miss it. In episode 1 we’ll hear from Lee Erikson of Alberta. Since taking a stab at straight cutting almost 30 years ago, Lee was… Read more »

Record Colony Numbers, Neonics, & the Single Largest Threat to Bees

Contrary to what some headlines and marketing campaigns would lead us to believe, honey bee numbers in Canada are at record highs and trending higher. At the end of 2016, there were a record 750 thousand colonies in the country, according to Statistics Canada. “The state of the bee industry is quite strong right now,”… Read more »

Corn School: Knowing vs Hoping — Randy Dowdy’s Principles for Growing Record Yields

There are many aspects of farming that are beyond a farmer’s control (weather, markets…), but there are also variables that can be managed better than they have been in the past, according to the Georgia farmer who has set world corn and soybean yield records. “We make big yields and we blame the weather. We make… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word,March 15: Early Cereal Seeding, Clover Choices, and Too-Early Nitrogen

It may not be the Great One, but this sure is the number 99 episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. To celebrate, your host Peter Johnson answers your questions from the week that was, and there are some great ones. From how early is too early for wheat in Western Canada, to why canola is a… Read more »

The Canola Acre Cage Match: Liberty Link vs Roundup Ready vs Clearfield

In Western Canada, we have few acre battles that get much attention, but one that intrigues our editorial staff every year is the battle of the canola herbicide tolerance trait race. It really is a three-way cage match that has swings in advantage every year. All three systems have unique characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. So here… Read more »

The Making of the Canola Pod Shatter Reduction Trait

Developing a new crop trait requires capital, time, and most of all a vision. All great new traits start with an idea or vision of trying to make a difference in the marketplace for farmers or end users. Dr. Bart Lambert and his colleagues had a vision, a canola seed trait that allows for producers… Read more »

New Canola Midge Pest Confirmed in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Guelph say they’ve found a new midge species causing damage to canola in northeastern Saskatchewan and east-central Alberta. This new species is similar to the swede midge, and belongs to the same Contarinia genus, but has yet to be named and scientifically described, according to a… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Jan 25: Wheat Dormancy, Peaola, and Traveling N

Will bare fields and warm weather cause wheat to break dormancy? And if so, could we be looking at a wheat price rally for 2017? That’s where we start with Wheat Pete’s Word, and from there Peter Johnson takes us on a wild agronomy ride that covers strip-tilling dry beans into hay ground, what to… Read more »

Canola School: Blackleg Resistance Gene Labels On the Way

Canola seed in Canada could soon come with a label describing the variety’s blackleg disease resistance package, similar to the labeling system used in Australia. After around four years of discussions between seed companies, researchers, and growers, an agreement-in-principle has been reached on blackleg resistance labeling, says Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada,… Read more »

Sclerotinia Biosensor Could Text You When It’s Time to Spray

Timing is critical when it comes to managing a disease like sclerotinia in canola, so what if you could receive a text message telling you it’s time to spray? The concept of real-time disease monitoring with nano biosensors that can communicate with your cell phone might sound futuristic, but the steps in the process have been… Read more »

Traveling Ag Museum Exhibit to Celebrate Canola in 2017

2017 marks several milestones, most notably Canada’s 150th birthday. But 2017 also marks 50 years since the genesis of the Canola Council of Canada, and to celebrate, the canola industry will host a traveling exhibition that tells the story of canola’s success. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, based at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm, and… Read more »

Canola School: Breeding Better Blackleg Resistance

Seed companies are turning to new sources of resistance to protect canola against blackleg disease, as the pathogen population in Western Canada has adapted over the years. Until recently, most of the varieties marketed as “blackleg resistant” relied on what’s known as the Rlm3 gene, explains Sakaria Liban, pathologist with DL Seeds, in this episode of… Read more »

Cibus Pushes Ahead with SU Canola

With the rise in acres of glyphosate-resistant soybeans and corn across the prairie regions of the U.S. and Canada there is a growing thirst for additional options in canola traits. At least this is what Cibus is banking on.  Sulfonylurea-tolerant (SU) canola has been approved in the U.S. but the varieties are still waiting for… Read more »