January 15, 2020 – Issue 2

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  • What is your farm show strategy?

    How do you get the most of a farm show so you feel like the experience was worthwhile? Here’s one answer: Select the top 3 booths you want to visit and visit them in the morning when people are still fresh.

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  • Seed decision: What clubroot resistance to choose?

    Canola growers should use clubroot-resistant (CR) canola varieties and extend their rotation to canola once every three years. But which CR variety should they use? The long list of CR canola varieties available in Western Canada is posted and updated regularly in the “Control clubroot” section at clubroot.ca. Varieties with asterisks (**) beside the name […]

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  • How did new varieties perform in 2019?

    The final 2019 Canola Performance Trials small plot and field scale data report is now available on the CPT website at canolaperformancetrials.ca.

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  • Does seed size matter?

    Seed size will influence seeding rate (in lb./ac.) to reach the target stand. A recent AAFC study found that seed size did not have any significant effect on emergence, yield or seed quality, but found that plants from larger seeds did have increased early season biomass and their flowering period started and ended a little earlier.

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  • What to do with acres that always lose money?

    Farmers have three good reasons to take chronically unprofitable acres out of annual crop production: (1)
    Stop spending money on acres that don’t provide a return. (2) Non-farmed spaces can increase yields for cropped acres. (3) Slow the proliferation of weeds and disease.

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  • Is your stored canola OK?

    Reports of heated canola have trickled through all winter. High moisture seed and dockage, as well as green seed can increase the storage risk for canola. Please check bins. If they are at risk, farmers can take advantage of colder days to aerate or turn the bins by removing a few loads and putting them back on top.

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  • How bad are harvest losses?

    PAMI has released results from its 2019 canola combine loss survey. Average loss was 1.3 bu./.ac., or 2.8% of total yield for the participating farmers.

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