June 10, 2020 - Issue 13

June 17, 2020 – Issue 14

June 3, 2020 – Issue 12

Canola Watch has many valued connections, including the Canola Council of Canada, SaskCanola, Alberta Canola and Manitoba Canola Growers, as well as research institutions, government extension departments, ag businesses, universities and other commodity groups. This section provides timely support for canola-related projects outside of Canola Watch.

Remembering Phil Thomas. Phil Thomas, known to many as Mr. Canola, passed away peacefully last week. Thomas was a former Alberta oilseed specialist whose 50+ years in agriculture meant he was a lead in canola production and agronomy practices since the beginning. As a leading canola expert, he had a knack for relating very practically to growers and agronomists. He authored the first ever Canola Growers Manual which has since evolved into Canola Encyclopedia and continues to be the foundation to growing canola in Canada. Phil always made time to talk about canola agronomy and had many great tales of canola in far flung places around the globe. We wish our deepest condolences to Phil’s family and thank him for his tireless and long-standing contributions to our industry. Obituary

Manitoba Crop Diagnostic School goes virtual. The virtual part of the School is password protected and goes live as of July 7 and continues to be live until August 7.  Early bird pricing is $100 until June 26, then goes to $125. Focus areas for 2020 are: weeds, crop nutrition/soil health, entomology, crop pathology, cereal management and pulse management. Registration and information.

Plant count photo contest. Manitoba Canola Growers has a contest to encourage people to check their canola stands. Next time you are out in your field assessing your canola establishment, snap a picture and share it on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using #canolachat to be ENTERED TO WIN. The prize is a pack of great items including a $100 gift card to a local restaurant of your choice.

SaskCanola Top Notch Farming Tips. In lieu of hosting its Saskatchewan CanolaPalooza field day (which has been cancelled), SaskCanola has launched Top Notch Farming Tips to support farmers throughout the 2020 growing season. SaskCanola continues to partner with the best Saskatchewan experts to provide a wide range of canola agronomic knowledge and tools in a variety of virtual formats. You can find the latest tips and best management practices by following SaskCanola on Facebook or Twitter, or by visiting where weekly summaries are being posted.

Manitoba updates clubroot map. The RM of Hillsburg-Roblin-Shell River is now in the highest category with ­­well over 80,000 spores/gram of soil found in a single field. No symptoms were observed, since this field was tested in spring 2020. See the map.

Help with cutworm collection. CCC agronomy specialist Keith Gabert has a contact looking to collect cutworms for a research project. If you have an outbreak and are willing to allow researchers to collect samples, please text or call Keith at 587-377-0557.

Re-entry protocols. When can a person safely re-enter a field after it has been sprayed with insecticide? Re-entry interval information for pesticides can be found in each product’s information/label document or the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) documents available on the manufacturer’s website. Re-entry interval for Decis 5EC, for example, is 12 hours.

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