Category: Canola

Episode 5: The Straight Cutting Experience from BASF

Making straight-cutting choices a little more clear cut. The harvest season is quickly approaching and with it comes an abundance of straight-cutting choices—which varieties are best, what header to use and which fields to desiccate. Listen as Shawn Senko, agronomist for the Canola Council of Canada, discusses what growers should be considering this fall. Be… Read more »

Not too high, not too low — Bayer’s canola seeding rate findings

Canola has been referred to as the “Cinderella of the Prairies,” but the story of Goldilocks might also be relevant. Specifically when it comes to the discussion in the canola community lately about ideal plant populations — not too high, not too low, but just right. The Canola Council of Canada has developed a target… Read more »

Canola School: Scout for blackleg at harvest

The canola pods are almost done filling, if not at full maturity, in many areas of the prairies, and harvest is beginning. We often think of scouting as something we have to do earlier in the season when there are still control options, but don’t always remember the importance of knowing what’s going on in… Read more »

Clubroot confirmed in northwest Saskatchewan

SaskCanola is letting canola growers in the northwest part of the province know clubroot disease has been found at high levels in the region. “We’ve been advised that one new field in the northwest region of the province is heavily infested with clubroot,” says Janice Tranberg, executive director, in a statement issued Monday. “In response… Read more »

Clubroot found in Alberta’s Peace region

Alberta’s Peace region has taken flack over the years for its tight canola rotations. The snow-canola-snow rotation was once a laughing matter, but after today’s announcement the joke is no longer funny. The Canola Council of Canada has announced that clubroot has been discovered in the southeast corner of the northern Alberta region. This changes… Read more »

Episode 4 – The Straight Cutting Experience from BASF

Uniform crop. Straight forward harvest. Chris Zemlak is planning to straight cut over half his canola acres this year. But if he had it his way, he would be straight cutting all of them. “There’s something fun about straight cutting canola with a 40-foot header, at 5 miles an hour and putting 40 to 50… Read more »

Bayer retiring InVigor 5440 and L130 canola varieties

At some point you have to say goodbye to your favourite variety. We all have our favourites for different crops. Some varieties last one year and others have more staying power based on a wider geographical fit or superior agronomic profile. In canola, Bayer’s Invigor 5440 has been one of the varieties that has been seeded… Read more »

Canola School: Gambling with nitrogen and the weather

Canola crops across the prairies are in many different stages — some are coming out of bloom, and some are still in the window where dribble banding nitrogen could work. When it comes to making nitrogen available to your canola crops, weather plays an imperative role. After all, wet conditions are the reason many acres… Read more »

Canola School: Making the call on when to spray for sclerotinia

When you see the stem rot in the field, it’s too late. And that’s just one of the reasons why managing sclerotinia is a challenge, as exerienced in 2016, a severe year for the disease in canola fields in Western Canada. In this Canola School episode, we talk to Michael Harding, plant pathologist with Alberta… Read more »

Canola School: The two parts to a proper spray tank cleanout

Most problems around the farm are better prevented than solved, especially when it takes two weeks for the problem to show up. In this Canola School episode, we talk to Tom Wolf with Agrimetrix and Sprayers101.com about the importance of properly cleaning out your sprayer. “There are usually two parts to a cleanout. The first… Read more »

Bayer combining clubroot resistance and reduced pod shatter in new canola variety

With clubroot disease spreading and the number of straight-cut canola acres climbing, clubroot resistance and reduced pod shatter traits have become valuable tools for growers. Bayer announced today it will be combining both in one canola hybrid. Invigor L255PC will be available starting this fall through regular retail channels. With ‘very strong’ standability, an R… Read more »

Canola School: It’s time to start thinking about harvest loss management

As canola fields start to turn yellow, It may feel like it’s a long time away, but weknow all too well, harvest comes very quickly. And with harvest, comes harvest loss management. After a season full of nurturing crops to get the best possible outcome, we don’t always realize how much of the final product… Read more »

Episode 3: The Straight Cutting Experience from BASF

Take control back at harvest. Despite being new to straight cutting, Mark and Matt Ferguson have already seen a lot of progress. After trying the practice with a shatter-resistant variety on a small number of acres, they gained the confidence to expand to a larger number of acres. Find out how the Ferguson’s use straight… Read more »

Canola School: Sweep net monitoring for aster leafhoppers

Aster yellows is a ‘phytoplasma’ disease carried by aster leafhoppers. It’s known for the odd-shaped canola pods it causes later in the growing season. Problems with aster yellows are hit and miss, depending on your area and the year. “We are kind of waiting for the next leafhopper infestation with aster yellows, the next big… Read more »

Canola School: The trouble with flea beetles…

Less than ideal conditions have slowed down canola development and left the crop vulnerable to tiny 2.5 millimetre beetles in some areas this spring. Flea beetles are the number one pest in canola on the Western Canadian Prairies. In this Canola School episode, we talk with Tyler Wist, entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, about how… Read more »