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  • Check suspicious weeds for herbicide resistance

    Surviving weeds are growing strong and some of them — like kochia and wild oats — start to look really obvious by this time of year. Kochia stands above the canola canopy. You might want to check them... more

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  • Scouting those sickly patches

    Patches that seem to be maturing early while the rest of the crop is still green do warrant closer inspection. With all the rainfall in some areas, die-off due to excess moisture could be the prime suspect —... more

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  • Strong growth plus wind and pounding rain = lodging

    Excessive plant growth due to ample fertilizer and lots of moisture combined with high winds and pounding can lead to lodging. Green and bendable canola stems can often straighten up again (somewhat) after... more

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  • Harvest planning: Swath timing and straight cutting

    Some of the earliest canola fields could be ready to swath in two weeks. For those growers, we provide this short primer on swath timing and straight combining. Seeds in this pod would be counted as colour... more

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  • Why so few insects this year?

    Pod-eating insects — including bertha armyworm, lygus and diamondback moth larvae — are at low levels in general in 2016. The biggest factors regulating insect populations are (1) weather, (2) natural... more

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  • Curled pods are usually thrips damage

    Curled pods are usually the result of thrips feeding, but lygus can cause them, too. For both insects, feeding along one side of the pod at early growth kills cells and causes the pod to curl up. Three... more

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  • 7 causes for missing pods

    As canola starts to move from flowering and into pod formation, growers will often notice blanks up the raceme where pods did not form. Here are 7 possible reasons: Missing pods due to heat blast on... more

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  • Sclerotinia: Late or second applications

    Heavy rains can increase the sclerotinia stem rot risk but they also make fields too wet for ground sprayers. This can delay timely applications, especially because demand for aerial applicators can make for... more

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  • Crop tours and other coming events

    Crop tours give you a first-hand look at new varieties or products at work and a chance to ask questions of company specialists and bounce ideas off other farmers. Here are a few tours and events sponsored... more

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