2009 – Issue 1

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  • Soil Moisture Poor to Excess

    Soil moisture conditions across western Canada range from poor to excess. In Manitoba, the Red River Valley still remains submerged under the swollen Red River although water levels have receded 2 ½ feet. The majority of agroManitoba has good to excessive moisture. In Saskatchewan, soil moisture conditions range from dry to excellent. Moisture from the […]


  • Seeding Tips

    Although soil moisture conditions are dry in many areas, seed shallow to promote rapid and uniform crop emergence. Soil temperatures should average 5°C over the coolest and warmest parts of the day. Cool soil temperatures will slow emergence, putting seedlings at more risk from seedling diseases and insect attack. As well, protection from most seed treatments starts […]


  • Know Your Seed Size

    Canola seed size can be quite variable. A sample of thousand seed weights (TSW) this spring is ranging from 2.8 to 6.0 grams per 1000 seeds. Essentially the number of seeds (and ultimately plants) in one pound of seed can vary significantly. Take note of the seed size (TSW should be marked on seed tags […]


  • Grow an Export Ready Variety

    Ensure your variety is Canola Export Ready. It is very important that no de-registered varieties be planted because they can jeopardize export markets. For more information on which varieties and pesticides are NOT approved for use in Canada visit the Canola Council of Canada’s Export Ready site: http://www.canola-council.org/export_ready.aspx  


  • Pre-Seed Burnoff Gives Canola the Edge

    Weeds that emerge before or with a canola crop will cause greater yield losses than weeds that emerge after the crop is established (approximately the 4- to 6-leaf stage). The purpose of both a pre-seed burnoff or post-seed, pre-emergent herbicide application is the same: to protect a young canola crop from the yield losses that […]


  • When Pre-Seed Burnoff is Not an Option

    Continued cool conditions may result in fields being seeded without a pre-seed burnoff application. In these fields, weed control may be achieved post-seeding but prior to emergence. Post-seeding herbicide applications of glyphosate can be effective when well managed. Weeds should be assessed post-seeding for mechanical damage and dust cover. With this approach, be aware of […]


  • Clean for Clubroot

    A soil test in west-central Saskatchewan has shown the potential presence of the clubroot pathogen’s DNA. Further testing is being conducted to confirm the results and determine whether the pathogen is viable. This incidence emphasizes the importance of equipment cleaning, especially when moving from affected or suspected areas to clubroot-free areas. Check the following news […]


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