Help for volunteer canola management

Harvest

July 13, 2011 - Issue 16

Volunteer canola is one of the more challenging weeds. It can provide a disease bridge for blackleg and clubroot in non-canola rotation crops, and it can create weed management and crop staging difficulties in following canola crops. Growers can significantly reduce their volunteer canola seedbank by reducing losses at harvest. Canola losses at harvest can be up to 5 bushels per acre, which is 50 times the typical seeding rate.

The Combine Clinic July 18 and 19 (pick one day) in Westlock, Alta., will explain how to reduce harvest losses, putting more yield in the combine tank and reducing the volunteer canola seed bank. Click here to register.

Here is what a few canola growers said about the Combine Clinic last year in Vegreville, Alta.:

Brad Lockhart of Viking, Alta: “I learned why correct placement of filler plates in the concave is important. We heard that no two combines are exactly the same so if you’re running two or more machines, each needs to be set individually.”

Tim Nerbas of Waseca, Sask: “I’ve been running the same machine for the past 15 years but I still came away from the clinic with some good information. It was good to tap into Les Hill’s 35 years of experience and knowledge on every combine.”

Nico Rookmaker of Ohaton, Alta: “It was helpful to see things pointed out while we walked around the machine.” Rookmaker also met a technical representative from the manufacturer who pointed out updates on the Lexions that Rookmaker was not aware of.

Click here for an audio podcast describing the clinic.

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