October 13, 2016 – Issue 28

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  • Alert: What to do with high moisture canola?

    Weather is finally allowing for some harvest to resume across the Prairies, but the concern now is how to handle canola will undoubtedly come off very tough, or damp. Try to make a plan prior to taking it off the field, as even at low temperatures the bulk will likely be quite volatile. Spoilage can occur rapidly. These steps will help improve conditioning results and reduce risk:

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  • Snow on canola. What to do?

    Snow on canola swaths in Saskatchewan. October 5, 2016. Credit: Ian Epp

    Snow on swathed canola will delay harvest, just like a rain would, but all a grower can do in this situation is wait it out. Snow on standing canola could be another matter.

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  • How to reduce fall N fertilizer losses

    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. To keep nitrogen in this stabilized ammonium form and protect it for crop use next year…

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  • Fall soil sampling and snow

    Snow in October is not usually a major problem for fall soil tests. Temperatures often improve before winter sets in for good, so sampling opportunities usually present themselves.

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  • Spraying weeds after frost and snow

    When freezing temperatures stop fall weed control plans, snow is likely more of a help than a hindrance with respect to overall weed condition. The snow layer is likely to insulate the weed leaf material from the colder conditions that follow it. That could mean you’re back spraying earlier than you would be with frost alone. Spray decisions — when to spray or whether to spray at all — will depend on leaf condition after the snow is gone.

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  • Looking for seed? CPT 2016 results coming soon

    If you are thinking about what to plant for next year, a great place to look for unbiased variety data that reflect actual production practices is the Canola Performance Trials website at www.canolaperformancetrials.ca.

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  • 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:

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  • Register for Saskatchewan Oilseed Producer Meetings

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  • Powering Your Profits: Locations and registration

    Get the agronomy, marketing and management information you need to boost your bottom line at one of Alberta Canola’s 12 Powering Your Profits events across Alberta. The tour starts November 15 in Strathmore and Camrose.

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