September 6, 2018 – Issue 23

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  • Frost hits canola. What do you do?

    Default to waiting. Don’t make a snap decision to swath. Before taking any harvest action, start with this sequence….

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  • Canola Watch quiz (survey actually) – Sclerotinia assessment

    Predicting sclerotinia stem rot severity is difficult. This quiz is a review of management decisions for 2018, including a specific look at DNA petal tests. Please take a minute to do this quick survey.

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  • Map of the Week – Frost

    General frost areas for the morning of September 4, the morning we sent out the frost action alert.

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  • Top 10 things to look for during harvest down days

    Weather delays? Canola not ready to swath? Waiting for the next crops to be ready to combine? Take advantage of harvest down days to check canola fields for the following….

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  • Check for combine losses as conditions change

    Combine losses vary throughout the day. If using the same combine settings all day long, losses in the morning and evening could be significant if the combine is set for easy-threshing afternoons. Or losses in the afternoons could be higher if the combine is locked in for those tough-swath times of day. Checking for combine losses under various conditions will help you get a feel for best settings for various conditions.

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  • Harvest timing: Fastest way to get canola in the bin?

    Swathing later will increase yield because more of the later seeds in side branches will reach maturity and contribute to yield. But what if harvest is moving slowing and the priority shifts from highest yield to just getting the crop in the bin?

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  • Test blackleg races in a field; make better seed decisions

    New tests allow farmers to identify the blackleg races in their fields. With this information, farmers can choose canola varieties with resistance to those races.

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  • Clubroot and your 2019 seed decisions

    As we learned at the International Clubroot Workshop, genetic resistance to clubroot is failing at an increasing rate all around the world. To help reduce selection pressure for clubroot pathotypes that can overcome the current resistance traits, the Canadian approach is to deploy clubroot-resistant (CR) canola seed varieties as soon as clubroot is seen in […]

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  • What is the best time for fall weed control?

    Fall is a good time to control perennial and winter annual weeds, but spraying immediately after harvest may not provide the best results.

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  • Storage risks and bin notes

    Keep a record of every load that goes into a bin. Include date binned and condition of each load, including temperature, moisture, green seed percentage and dockage situation. If not using sieves to check dockage, at least make note of weed seeds, brown plant material, green plant material, insect bodies in each sample. These notes will help you assess storage risks for each bin.

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  • Safety tip: Preventing fires in fields and on machinery

    The following tips to prevent field and combine fires are from this Safe Farms document. 1. Have operational fire extinguishers mounted on equipment and ensure everyone is trained to use them. Fire extinguishers need to meet the requirements of the provincial fire code. As a safe practice, ensure you have one in the cab and […]

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  • Harvest surveys: Drought impact and Harvest sample

    AAFC drought impact survey. AAFC is currently collecting information on conditions and impact of the drought in western Canada. Harvest Sample Program. The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) Harvest Sample Program monitors hundreds of samples each year to make sure quality standards are upheld in delivered grain.

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