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  • Spring frost risk and seeding date

    Seeding date decisions are often driven more by historical frost risk than present conditions. That is why many growers will not seed canola before May 1, even if their area had what seemed like favourable... more

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  • Frost quiz – April 26, 2016

    These seedlings suffered severe frost damage. Credit: Deanna... more

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  • PODCAST: Spring frost risk and seeding date

    Ralph Wright, who leads the agro-meteorology division with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, joins Canola Council of Canada agronomy specialist Autumn Barnes and host Jay Whetter in a discussion about frost... more

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  • Pros and cons of early seeding

    If you have perfect seeding conditions in late April, should you seed canola? Early seeding usually improves canola yield potential and quality, but these benefits depend on survival of a sufficient plant... more

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  • Use this time to control weeds

    Rather than seeding early, weed control may be the bigger priority. University of Saskatchewan research has shown that early application of pre-seed herbicide treatments provide greater yield benefits for... more

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  • Seeding in dry conditions

    In dry soil conditions, growers may be tempted to seed deep enough to reach moisture. This is not necessary from April to mid-May. The common recommendation to seed no deeper than 1” still applies in dry... more

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  • Fertilizer rate in dry conditions

    Growers with dry soil conditions may be tempted to reduce fertilizer rates. After all, if crops do not reach yield potential, reducing the cash outlay at seeding may mean that a lower-yielding crop could still... more

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  • Clean used equipment from clubroot areas

    Make sure soil is cleaned off any used equipment recently purchased from areas known to have clubroot. This is good biosecurity practice. Ideally, this should be done at the purchase location before bringing... more

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  • Residue management in the spring

    Tillage and harrowing in the spring can further dry out the seedbed. It does not conserve moisture. A moisture probe in tilled versus untilled land will demonstrate this. And instead of improving residue... more

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  • Seeding into forage land

    Transitioning land from perennial forages to annual crops is best done with herbicide applications the fall before. Brome and fescue can be hard to kill, and growers will be fighting these plants all season if... more

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