October 7, 2015 – Issue 28

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  • Consider tillage wisely


    Western Canada has made great strides in adopting minimum tillage practices that save time and diesel fuel, improve soils and improve sustainability scores. Here are factors to consider before choosing the tillage option….


  • Use good data to evaluate products

    Decisions on what variety, nutrient or crop input product to buy are improved with good data. When looking for data, here are a few clues as to the quality of the data set…


  • The right time for fall soil tests

    Soil sampling is good practice in the fall — whether crop was better or worse than you thought. Why fall? Growers often have more time in the fall than in the spring. And with results and recommendations in hand before winter, growers can use the winter months to plan their fertilizer programs for next year, to order fertilizer, and to take advantage of reduced pricing opportunities that may occur.


  • Seed decisions and CPT

    Take notes at harvest to compare harvestability, lodging as well as yield for all varieties on the farm. Growers can use that first hand experience as well as variety comparison data when making seed decisions for next year.


  • Podcast: Conditioning tips for canola

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    Turn on aeration fans to condition canola right after it enters the bin. Monitor all canola bins, including canola that went into the bin dry but hot back a few weeks ago.


  • Welcome Ian Epp

    Ian Epp

    Canola Watch welcomes Ian Epp, the newest agronomy specialist on the Canola Council of Canada crop protection and innovation team. Ian represents the territory of Northwest Saskatchewan. Click here for contact information for Ian and the whole team.


  • Canola Watch poll — 2015 in review

    Please take our seven-question survey to help us understand the key issues growers faced in 2015. This will help keep our presentations and articles on target through the winter and help with planning for 2016 Canola Watch content.


  • Residue management starts in the fall

    Shawn Senko's combine looks to be produces an even spread of residue.

    Good residue management in the fall will help enhance drill performance, allowing for increased seed survival and an overall better field uniformity in the spring. Changing the angle of vanes on the back of the chopper will help with the width and uniformity of residue spread.


  • Agenda set for Canola Discovery Forum

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    On behalf of Curtis Rempel, Canola Council of Canada vice president crop production and innovation, please join us for the 2015 Canola Discovery Forum October 27-29 in Canmore Alberta.

    Registration and information


  • Fall fertilizer timing: Wait for cool soils

    The key strategy of fall fertilization is to store nitrogen over the winter in the ammonium form – which is held on clay and organic matter – and is referred to as stabilized N.  Urea and anhydrous ammonia are both considered ammonium based fertilizers. When the ammonium form N is converted to nitrate by soil microbes, […]


  • Top 10 considerations to prep for next year

    Check for disease, plant counts, weeds and other factors that will help with planning for next year.

    1. Assess the disease situation.
    2. Consider disease severity when choosing varieties.
    3. Recognize which issues were agronomic versus environmental.
    4. Evaluate variety performance.
    5. Manage residue with the combine.
    6. Identify weeds before making fall weed control decisions.
    7. Manage volunteer canola. (Key is to prevent losses in the first place.)
    8. Count stems after harvest.
    9. Do a fall soil test.
    10. Sample soil for clubroot.


  • Fall weed control and frost

    frost on dandelion

    The onset of lower temperatures and shortened days in the fall trigger perennials such as Canada thistle, dandelion and quack grass to start moving sugars to below-ground tissues. Winter annuals and biennial are also doing this, but they don’t need a temperature trigger. Spraying these weeds in fall takes advantage of this downward flow into the below ground buds on the crown or creeping roots of perennials, providing better control for next year.


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