April 4, 2018 – Issue 4

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  • Moisture situation: How much snow-melt enters the soil?

    Farmers can count on 20-50% of the moisture from snow-melt to enter the soil. This variability depends a lot on surface soil moisture conditions. A North Dakota study (Willis and Haas) concluded that 50% of snow-melt moisture runs off or evaporates when surface soils (top 30-40 cm) are dry and up to 80% runs off when surface soils are wet.


  • What pulses are best for your canola rotation?

    What pulse is right for you? Canola growers looking for a pulse crop to add to their rotation can use the table to compare soybeans, peas, lentils, chickpeas, fababeans and edible beans.


  • Enter seed size into canola calculator

    As you pick up canola seed, look at the thousand seed weight for each lot and run that through the seed rate calculator at canolacalculator.ca. This will indicate the seeding rate required to hit your target stand.


  • Top 10 Canola Digest articles for 2017-18

    Canola Digest has five issues per year, including the Science Edition. All articles are posted online at canoladigest.ca. Here are the top 10 most-clicked articles from the September 2017 to March 2018 issues.


  • Quick comparison: Blackleg, clubroot, sclerotinia stem rot

    Use this quick-reference table to compare key distinguishing features, mechanisms for spread, and management options for blackleg, clubroot and sclerotinia stem rot.


  • Saskatchewan ramps up random clubroot survey for 2018

    Saskatchewan wants to increase its understanding of the distribution of clubroot in the province. The Ministry of Agriculture will conduct an extensive clubroot survey in the highest risk regions of Saskatchewan, which will include (1) areas in close proximity to clubroot infested areas along the Alberta-Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan-Manitoba borders; (2) high canola production areas; and (3) regions with favourable environmental conditions.


  • Register for the International Clubroot Workshop in Edmonton

    The 2018 International Clubroot Workshop brings together leading researchers, extension staff and industry stakeholders (including canola growers) to develop further understanding and advance new sustainable solutions to this major canola disease.


  • Keep it Clean: 2018 products of concern

    2018 products of concern for canola:
    Quinclorac (e.g. Accord, Clever, Facet and Masterline Quinclorac) – do not use.
    Potential for change; visit keepingitclean.ca after April 23 for status update.
    Metconazole (e.g. Quash) – treated canola not accepted by all grain buyers.


  • Ultimate Canola Challenge 2018: Seeding speed trial

    Ultimate Canola Challenge 2018 is for growers interested in learning how to better target their seeding speeds to improve profitability and risk management in their canola crops. To participate in UCC 2018, please contact Nicole Philp at philpn@canolacouncil.org or 306-551-4597.


  • Help with insect surveys for 2018

    Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be doing bertha armyworm and diamondback moth surveys again in 2018. To put up a trap and help with the monitoring program (including trap checking), please contact your provincial entomologist:

    Alberta: Email Shelley Barkley at Shelley.Barkley@gov.ab.ca or Scott Meers at Scott.Meers@gov.ab.ca
    Saskatchewan: Email James Tansey at james.tansey@gov.sk.ca.
    Manitoba: Email John Gavloski at john.Gavloski@gov.mb.ca.


  • Mark your calendar for canolaPALOOZAs 2018

    Saskatchewan canolaPALOOZA – June 25, AAFC Saskatoon Research Station. Check here for details.

    Alberta canolaPALOOZA – June 27, AAFC Lacombe Research and Development Centre. Check here for details.

    Manitoba crops-a-PALOOZA – July 25, AAFC Portage la Prairie Research Station/CMCDC. No link at this time.


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