Oct. 5, 2011 — Issue 26

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    Green seed is the major issue for most growers waiting to finish canola harvest. Green seed levels in some fields are not dropping and are unlikely to drop further without a long period of moist and warm weather. Growers may have to accept the losses, combine now to salvage the quality they do have, then […]

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  • Crop and weather update

    Peace (B.C. and Alberta):  Harvest is nearly complete in the north, two-thirds complete in B.C., and further behind in central and east regions. Very little has been combined in the extreme east. Cool and moist conditions continue to delay dry down. Alberta: Southern Alberta is 95% harvested. Central Alberta is nearly complete on the east […]

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  • Do you have time for high-green canola to cure?

    Growers waiting for green seed levels to drop before combining should weigh the risks. The best bet may be to harvest the crop now to maintain the yield and quality that’s there, and start looking for buyers.

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  • High oil, high green = higher heating risk

    For every 1.0 percentage point increase in oil content, canola should have 0.1 percentage points lower moisture for safe long-term storage. For example, if canola with 40% oil is safe at 8.5% moisture, then canola with 45% oil should be stored at 8% moisture.

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  • Clubroot intensifies, check fields

    Two cases of clubroot have been confirmed in Saskatchewan. Growers in fringe areas where clubroot is at low levels or has not yet been detected are encouraged to check their fields. If clubroot is present but undetected, then growers, custom operators and whomever else visits the field can spread infested soil throughout the farm and to neighboring farms that much faster.

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  • Clean equipment to limit disease spread

    Growers considering tillage for fall weed control should clean equipment between fields to limit disease (and weed seed) spread. Tillage equipment carrying soil and stubble from field to field can also carry soil- and stubble-borne diseases such as clubroot and blackleg.

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  • Why is desiccated canola not drying down?

    If canola is not drying down after a Reglone application, the following may provide some insight as to why…

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  • Spread residue evenly in fields planned for canola in 2012

    Good canola stand establishment, especially in direct seeding situations, starts with straw and chaff management for the previous crop. Spreading residue evenly across the field is critical.

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  • What weeds will you be dealing with next year?

    Growers don’t have much time left to control weeds in fields planned for canola next year. But if you saw higher numbers of key canola weeds, such as cleavers, in your cereal crops this year, make a plan now to control them.

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  • GM Canola: The Canadian Experience

    AAFC research scientist Hugh Beckie et al published an article called “GM Canola: The Canadian Experience” in Australia’s Farm Policy Journal. Click “Read more” for a highlight of key findings and a link to the article.

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