May 11, 2011 – Issue 7

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  • Issues of the week

    It will be a busy week of seeding in Alberta and western Saskatchewan as long as the weather holds. Soils are warm and seeds are germinating quickly. Rain delays continue in eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba, but growers are reminded that canola seeded this week or next week will still have high yield potential. Many growers […]

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  • Crop and weather update

    Peace (B.C. and Alberta): Some growers have started seeding, and most growers will start before the end of the week. Alberta: Seeding is underway and the province looks set for a busy week in the fields. Alberta crop report. Saskatchewan: Western Saskatchewan should see a lot of land seeded this week. Eastern Saskatchewan continues wet […]

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  • Try the drill before broadcast seeding

    Given the importance of a good seed bed for canola, it may be worth waiting an extra day or two for fields to dry out some more instead of rushing to seed canola into or onto mud. Try the drill first to assess the seed placement situation before choosing the broadcast option — which can be especially risky on no-till fields with high residue.

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  • Consider split fertilizer when soggy seeding

    Growers seeding into less than ideal conditions or using less than ideal seeding equipment — broadcast, for example — may want to lower their fertilizer rates at seeding then top up if a good stand emerges and if growing conditions improve.

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  • Spray weeds now, even if seeding is delayed

    Early weed control is best. Even if growers don’t expect to seed for 10 days or more, they may want to consider a pre-seed burnoff now (as long as fields can support a sprayer) to get weeds at smaller stages.

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  • Consider herbicide residue before switching canola fields

    Growers switching crop plans this spring should consider their herbicide use last year, especially last fall, before seeding canola on any fields not originally planned for canola. Canola is sensitive to many residual herbicides, and herbicide carryover can be higher than expected when fields are saturated.

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  • Tips to help canola mature faster

    Before growers take steps to encourage earlier maturity (some of which may hamper yield potential), they should first calculate whether these measures are necessary. Canola seeded any time in May has a good chance of reaching maturity. If growers decide that measures to hasten maturity are warranted, here are steps to consider:

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  • Start insect scouting right after seeding

    Once crops are seeded, check fields on a twice weekly basis for flea beetles and cutworms. Canola in the western Prairie will emerge quickly, and highs for the region are in the high teens for the coming week. This will promote more insect activity.

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