Plant establishment

  • Plant stand evaluation: Frost, drill performance, disease and more

    Plant establishment

    About a week after seeding, growers and agronomists can start to evaluate stands to make sure they’re emerging as expected. Look throughout the field for issues that could be related to drill performance, frost, excess moisture, insects or disease.

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  • How late is too late to seed canola?

    Plant establishment

    Factors in this decision are maturity of the variety, average date of first fall frost, crop insurance deadlines and profit potential of alternative crops.

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  • Spring frost: Take a few days to assess the situation

    Plant establishment

    Growers have two common questions after a spring frost:

    1. Did the crop survive? (Do I need to reseed?)
    2. When can I resume weed control?

    Here are our answers….

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  • Insurance deadlines and last-frost dates

    Plant establishment

    AFSC in Alberta has extended its recommended seeding date deadlines for yield and quality coverage to June 5 for Argentine canola and June 15 for Polish canola. The original deadline was May 31. Yield-only insurance deadline is still June 20. Read more.

    For seeding deadlines in Saskatchewan contact your local SCIC office. Find office contacts and more information here.

    Seeding deadlines for Manitoba are June 15 for Argentine canola in risk area 1, June 10 for Argentine canola in risk area 2 and June 20 for Polish. Read more.

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  • Broadcast seeding canola – Tips

    Plant establishment

    This canola was broadcast onto fairly heavy residue. Source: Justine Cornelsen

    In late springs with wet conditions, broadcast seeding may be the only way to get the job done. In fact, broadcasting may actually provide better seed placement than “mudding in” seed with a drill. Broadcast seeding now could also have higher yield potential than waiting two weeks for the ground to support the drill.

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  • Seed survival: Are you at 60%?

    Plant establishment

    The seeding rate calculator at canolacalculator.ca defaults to 60% seed survival, which is fairly typical for canola in Western Canada. If choosing the default isn’t your style, the best way to find out the typical seed mortality in your system is to start doing your own stand counts and cross-referencing that with your actual seeding […]

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  • Seed right the first time

    Plant establishment

    Taking time to seed right can improve seed survival and produce an even stand with top yield potential.

    In early to mid May, when seeding is in full swing and conditions are good, growers can slow down and take their time. Canola growers have four good economic reasons to do so….

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  • Calculator sets target stand and seeding rate

    Plant establishment

    The new Canola Calculator has two tools to help growers set seeding rates and plant stands that match seed size, risk factors and estimated seed survival.

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  • An objective view on seeding dates

    Plant establishment

    Many areas of the Prairies — particularly central and north regions — are at least one to two weeks away from seeding. This would put seeding at mid to late May. Those dates are still good for yield potential and are within crop insurance deadlines.

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  • Common questions for wet and unharvested acres

    Plant establishment

    CCC agronomists are getting three common questions with regard to wet fields and unharvested. They are:

    1. What if I plant canola on canola acres that are still not harvested?
    2. What can we expect for seed mortality in excessively wet soils?
    3. What to do about ruts?

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