May 27, 2020 – Issue 11

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  • Look for seedling diseases and other emergence issues

    Got canola emergence issues? Little canola plants are vulnerable to many different risk factors, including seedling diseases. Seed treatments are usually very good at managing the common seedling disease pathogens of canola, however seed, seedling and root rots can flare up under the right circumstances. Here are details about the three pathogens in the canola seedling disease complex, and the factors that tend to favour each of them.


  • QUIZ – flea beetle risks

    Four questions that will help with your approach to flea beetle scouting and risk assessment.


  • Finding time for sprayer tank clean-out

    With wind delays and pressure to get crops seeded, the weed spraying operation could be bouncing from crop to crop, and from pre-seed burnoff in one field to early post-emergence in another. This requires extra attention to detail for tank mixing and sprayer clean-out.


  • Insects watch: Flea beetles, cutworms

    Cutworm feeding results in notched, wilted, dead or cut-off plants. Patches of missing plants could also be cutworms. Include cutworms on the scouting checklist for the first one to three weeks after emergence.


  • Farm safety: Extracting equipment safely

    How do you safely pull out a heavy farm implement that is stuck in the mud? Here are a few good tips….


  • Will a fertilizer top dress pay off?

    Canola fields may benefit from a top-dress application of nitrogen or sulphur (or both) if logistics and weather prevented the full recommended application of fertilizer at or before seeding, and if improved weather conditions (rainfall, for example) have increased the yield potential of the crop.


  • Broadcast seeding tips

    In late springs with wet conditions, broadcast seeding may be the only way to get the job done. In some cases, broadcast seeding may actually provide better seed placement than “mudding in” seed with a drill.


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