Apr 7 2011 – Issue 5

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  • Meet your CCC crop production staff

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  • New drill? Try peas first

    Growers may encounter a few glitches the first time they take a drill to the field. A large investment in canola seed can escape out the drill pretty quickly if the seed metering system is set wrong. Peas run through the drill a little more slowly. And because fine tuning a drill means getting out […]

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  • Seed only registered varieties

    Growers are reminded to make sure they seed registered varieties. Some older varieties that were once registered have been “deregistered” — they have been removed due to their negative effects on export markets. More than 80% of Canada’s canola crop is exported around the world, so it is critical that our canola meets the requirements […]

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  • Soil nutrient levels a mystery

    Growers in areas with excess moisture in 2010 or 2011 or both may not have a good handle on their soil nutrient reserves unless they get a soil test. Nitrogen levels may be very low in the top 6” due to denitrification and leaching, which both increase when soils are wet. Nitrogen reserves may be […]

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  • Still time for spring soil tests

    While fall and winter soil tests give growers more time to plan fertilizer rates and place orders, spring fertilizer tests are the most accurate in predicting the soil nutrient situation at seeding time. Labs may be able to provide results within a few days or a week, so spring tests can be done without holding […]

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  • When trying a new fertility product…

    A number of new fertilizer products are on the market, including seed coatings that contain small starter amounts of macro- and micronutrients. On canola seeded at the equivalent of 5 lb./ac., the rates per acre of any seed-coated nutrient will be very low. Growers considering these products are encouraged to leave test strips (link to […]

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  • Questions and contacts

    If you have general questions about Canola Watch, direct them to Jay Whetter, whetterj@canolacouncil.org or 807-468-4006. If you have questions on regional issues, contact one of the following Canola Council of Canada regional agronomists or provincial oilseed specialists: Derwyn Hammond, resource manager, crop production, hammondd@canolacouncil.org, 204-729-9011 Kristen Phillips, agronomy specialist, Manitoba, phillipsk@canolacouncil.org 204-761-2143 Jim Bessel, senior agronomy specialist, Central […]

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