One topic that is dominating many coffee shops is the planting indecision of farmers across the prairies. Canola is one of the crops that does hold some promise for profits in the 2010 growing season. I wanted to discuss the things farmers should be thinking about in 2010 in terms of the canola market, especially… Read More
A famous saying is that, “Knowledge is power.” One of the ways that we acquire knowledge is through research. We must engage research in order to make sure that we continue to learn and improve on the way we did things yesterday. Denice Maurice is the Vice President of Crop Production at Canola Council of… Read More
As we put the final touches on this long season we are getting ready for next year already and canola seems to be near the top of most lists. So when looking for a canola variety what should be your main reason for growing a variety? Is it yield, harvest ability, disease resistance or maturity?… Read More
Winter time brings the end of harvest and the beginning of the crop input selling season. With this comes flyers, trade shows, and farmer events. This selling season has produced two very cool and creative commercials or videos for canola seed. One is produced by Bayer and the other is by Canterra Seeds. Both do… Read More
It seems that trade issues are at the forefront right now in Canadian agriculture. We have country of origin labelling (COOL) and a volatile Canadian dollar to keep us busy. We now also have a serious situation in China where the Chinese have decided Canadian canola may be not fit to enter Chinese ports without… Read More
This year, perhaps more than ever, swath timing is critical for all varieties of canola. With the cold soil temperatures and dry spring and summer, there are many canola fields in Alberta and across Western Canada that are in a variety of stages and maturing at different times. Multistaged canola can make it difficult to… Read More
In this edition of the canola school Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada breaks down the issue of lygus bugs and their impact on the canola crop. Knowing the correct timing for spraying is very important in terms of lygus bugs.
When the canola canopy is thick and moisture is abundant applying fungicide is necessary. Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada helps you go through the process of why or why not in terms of applying fungicide this season. See more of the Canola School
Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada takes a close look at what bugs we find in the bug sweep net. Cabbage seed pod weevils and lygus bugs can cause real havoc on the canola crop and Matt helps you identify them.
Finding out what pests are in your canola field starts with sweeping for bugs. It is essential that you do it correctly if you want to monitor the threshold levels. Matt Stanford demonstrates the proper technique in the following video.
At the International Livestock Congress I spoke to Brant Randles, President of Louis Dreyfus Canada regarding his outlook for feed grains and oilseeds in the future. Brant and I also talked about the future of grain handling as it pertains to identity preserved crops and the future of the rail system for handling grain from… Read More
Early irrigation management is very important to achieving yield targets. Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada, provides great insight into how to properly manage your irrigation early on. Matt demonstrates the proper way to check for moisture and how to manage your wheel moves or pivots.
On Monday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with Jon Driedger, a market analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions in Winnipeg. A day before the Canadian StatsCan acreage Report was released, Jon provided great insight into the dynamics facing the grains, oilseeds and pulse markets this summer and fall in North America. A special… Read More
Weed Identification is key before you spray your canola crop. Depending on whether you have a glyphosate, liberty or clearfield tolerant variety, your spraying strategy may be different depending on what weeds are in the field. In this edition o the Canola School Matt Stanford of the Canola Council talks about how forming a spraying strategy is… Read More
Plant stand is very important and in this segment of the Canola School, Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada talks post seeding evaluation work that needs to be done. Matt also talks about some of the adversity canola growers have been experiencing this year with seeding and plant stands across Western Canada. If… Read More