Tag: Troy Prosofsky

What Happened to the Canola Yields?

If there is a pattern developing in the 2012 harvest across Western Canada it would have to be the disappointing canola yields. Farmers have taken to Twitter to display there disappointment in the yields.  One of the common threads has been, “I have 50 bushel swaths and 25 bushel yields.” With over twenty million acres… Read more »

RealAgriculture’s Best of Canola Swathing Timing Videos

“How do I figure out when to swath my canola?” is one of those questions that comes up every year without fail. It’s a question that doesn’t have a broad, simple answer, which is why it’s restated every year.  Even though there are over 20 million acres of canola in Western Canada producers still struggle… Read more »

Canola School – Did I Make the Right Call In Reseeding?

It was over a month ago when we stepped into a disagreement between two brothers over whether or not to reseed their frost damaged canola field.(SEE VIDEO HERE) In the end a compromise was reached where part of the field was reseeded and part was left to recover on it’s own. SEE MORE CANOLA SCHOOL… Read more »

Canola School – Invasion of the Cabbage Seed Pod Weevil

It’s easy to understand why producers have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to pests. When you walk into a field and see the damage pests are doing to your crops, you want to deal with it yesterday. However, if you pull the trigger to soon on that pest situation, you’ll not only be… Read more »

Canola School – How Do I Know I Have Cutworms?

A proper diagnosis is the only way to get a successful treatment. So it is in everything from health issues to car troubles to trouble in the field. When we talk about in-field pest issues, it’s extremely important to get that diagnosis right, and quickly. SEE MORE CANOLA SCHOOL. Cutworms are one of those pests… Read more »

Canola School: Making the Decision to Reseed Your Canola

In this episode of the Canola School,  Canola Council of Canada agronomist, Troy Prosofsky discusses the issue of reseeding.  Less than ideal plant stands are not good for yield but neither is late planting.  It is a very difficult decision whether to reseed. When you do decide to reseed your canola you have even more decisions to… Read more »

Canola School: Identifying Crucifer and Striped Flea Beetle

The flea beetle is a menace to canola crops.  Typically seed treatments like Helix Xtra and Prosper have controlled flea beetles with ease and uncontrollable populations were relatively rare.  The feeding of seed treatment protected plants controlled the crucifer flea beetle which was great for farmers. The striped flea beetle has been showing up in… Read more »

Canola School: Evaluating Your Frost Damage

When temperatures drop below zero degrees in the spring, canola growers cringe at the possibility of a canola stand wipe out.  This spring has created some real opportunity for stomachs to turn as some canola stands have faced temperatures as low as minus eight Celsius. SEE MORE CANOLA SCHOOL EPISODES Troy Prosofsky, Canola Council of Canada does… Read more »

Canola School : Should I Consider Straight Cutting?

Canola School: Determining Swath Timing and 60% Color Change

I have been around canola fields my entire life and when you factor in all of the growing challenges and key points, the most misunderstood is the decision of “when should I swath?”  I get more calls to our office during this time of the growing season than any other.  Swath timing is incredibly difficult… Read more »

Canola School: Lygus Bug Feeding on the Plant

The lygus bug is a pest that continues to be a problem for farmers in the west.  The need to scout the bug is from bolting on through the crop cycle.  The lygus bug can cause significant yield loss and damage to the canola plant.  In the early flowering period it can be easy to… Read more »

Canola School: Assessing Flea Beetle Damage

In this episode of the Canola School, Troy Prosofsky discusses the impact that the flea beetle is having on the Western Canadian canola crop.  Troy also talks about the evaluation of flea beetle damage and when or when not to spray to control the pest. Flea Beetles can be terrible pests and if the damage… Read more »

Canola School: Crusting Can Negatively Impact Your Stand

Many people think that if farmers get moisture you are ensured success. Well this year is proving that moisture can also bring challenges. One of those challenges is crusting (see picture below). Canola has a hard time penetrating any crust. This year the crust in many areas seems to be worse than usual and growers… Read more »