March 2, 2017 – Issue 3

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  • Dealing with ruts

    There are two problems with ruts in fields:
    1. Ruts increase wear and tear on machinery, reduce operator comfort and disrupt the seed bed. They need to be filled in and levelled off before seeding in spring.
    2. Ruts can mean potential hidden soil compaction which could extend to 24 inches below the depth of the rut. Soils are most susceptible to compaction when soil moisture is near (but not at) field capacity.

    How to fix them….


  • The right nitrogen system for you

    Each farm will base its nitrogen application practices on time, labour, equipment and cost. Often losses in efficiency in one area can be compensated for by improvements in another. The “best” nitrogen (N) system is not universal, but will depend on the major limiting factors on each individual farm. Here are key points to consider for the six most common systems.


  • Canola now worth $26.7 billion to Canadian economy

    A report released today, March 2, shows that canola’s value to the Canadian economy has tripled over the past decade to $26.7 billion a year.


  • Spring harvest tips

    Combining is the best way to remove canola still in the field. Quality will likely be down, but it will still be worth something. If canola isn’t too tough and ground is still frozen, it may be worth a try sooner than later — especially if soil moisture was high heading into winter.


  • Wildlife go for grain bags

    Hungry wildlife may have discovered your grain bags and opened them up for a snack. With the ground still frozen, it may be a good time to empty bags if wildlife damage is evident and spoilage is likely.


  • How to set up check strips

    Want to run check strips to see if a new product or technique will pay off on your farm? Here’s how:


  • Find your seeding rate at

    The new Canola Calculator has two tools to help growers set seeding rates and plant stands that match seed size, risk factors and estimated seed survival.


  • Scouting tool kit

    In preparation for a season of effective scouting, gather these tools into your scouting tool kit.


  • Coming events

    Soils & Crops in Saskatoon, canoLAB in Dauphin, Science-o-Rama in Lacombe and canolaPALOOZA’s 2017 tour.


  • Audio and video

    Canola Watch podcast, SaskCanola radio shows and a new swede midge video…


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