February 3, 2016 – Issue 2

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  • Clubroot maps — What do they tell you?

    Alberta clubroot map 2003-15

    Alberta and Manitoba have maps showing the range of clubroot across each province, but the maps are based on different criteria.

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  • Clubroot: Put a firebreak around your farm

    Think of clubroot like a grass fire. The best way to contain the spread of clubroot is to work diligently outside the hot zone using whatever tools available to keep the “fire” from spreading to your farm. Seeding clubroot-resistant (CR) varieties is a good early action.

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  • Do you think Canola Performance Trials should continue?

    Do you think Canola Performance Trials should continue? If yes, in what fashion? You have only a few more days to have your voice heard on the canola variety trial information you see in your provincial Seed Guide!

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  • Ultimate Canola Challenge 2016 — Growers wanted!

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    Growers who want to run an Ultimate Canola Challenge trial in 2016 can contact CCC agronomy specialist Nicole Philp at philpn@canolacouncil.org or 306-551-4597. This collaboration gives growers a chance to learn first-hand how to run an effective on-farm trial.

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  • Boron — Understanding the soil test

    Figure 5. Relative yield of canola in relation to HW boron levels in the 0-15 cm depth at 18 sites from the preliminary survey-type research and 19 research sites carried out across Western Canada.

    One challenge with boron is the hot water extraction (HW) soil test commonly used to test boron levels does not seem to be a reliable indicator of available boron. A 1999 study by Rigas Karamanos showed no relation between HW boron levels and canola yield, as the graph shows. Yet soil analysis continues to use the HW test for boron.

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  • Grab a last spot at canoLAB

    canoLAB is close to sold out for most dates and locations, but you may be able to grab one last spot. Manitoba is actually sold out but a few spots are being held for growers.

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  • Warm winter days can increase storage risk

    How air moves in the bin in fall and winter.

    Moisture migration in a canola bin peaks when the temperature difference between inside and outside the bin is high. If canola in the bin is -20C and the outside air warms up for a week, this can increase air flow and moisture concentration inside the bin.

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