Frost Damage in Alberta

2009 – Issue 17

Damage from last week’s frost (with temperatures as low as -3oC recorded) is now appearing in the Peace Region of Alberta. Pod formation on the top of plants has been affected and yield will be impacted in the High Prairie, Manning and Kenzie areas. Generally, pod formation on lower branches appears to be unaffected. Severe frost damage has occurred in the Worsley area where up to 80% of plants in some fields have suffered extensive damage. After a frost, producers should wait several days to determine the extent of damage before making any decisions. Fields in the Peace Region are being assessed for damage on a case-by-case basis and in some instances are being cut for hay and/or greenfeed. Information on assessing frost damage and action to be taken is available at the following link:

https://canola-council.merchantsecure.com/canola_resources/product23.aspx

More information on using canola as forage is available at the following link:
http://www.agriculture.gov.sk.ca/Default.aspx?DN=8733c510-d266-45ae-8904-f00b02a36b04

 

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