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  • Broadcast seeding canola – Tips

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    This canola was broadcast onto fairly heavy residue. Source: Justine Cornelsen

    In late springs with wet conditions, broadcast seeding may be the only way to get the job done. In fact, broadcasting may actually provide better seed placement than “mudding in” seed with a drill. Broadcast seeding now could also have higher yield potential than waiting two weeks for the ground to support the drill.

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  • Broadcast seeding canola — Tips

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    This canola was broadcast onto fairly heavy residue. Source: Justine Cornelsen

    Broadcast seeding is a last resort, only to be used when proper placement with a drill is not possible. In late springs with wet conditions, for example, broadcast seeding may be the only way to get the job done.

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  • Prep jobs for April

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    Seeding small

    Seeding in April is not usually recommended or beneficial for canola (except perhaps late-April seeding in southern Alberta). Here are a few things you could do now….

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  • Bought a used combine? Check it for soil

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    Buying used equipment from a clubroot area can create an unexpected transfer of the disease. We heard this week of a grower from northern Alberta who bought a used combine from a known clubroot area. The grower was surprised at how much soil was on and inside the combine, and this soil very likely contained clubroot spores.

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  • Assess seeder performance

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    This canola was seeded 2+ inches deep as a result of poor drill settings. Dry soil conditions made the situation worse.

    Did the seeding tool meet expectations this year? A moist soil bed and rain in the days after seeding can make any seeding job look passable. Problems are more obvious when the crop is under stress.

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  • Tips for residue management in spring

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    Harrowing April Clint

    Residue management to improve canola seed placement is best done in the fall with a well set combine and, if necessary, with harrowing. Residue issues in spring are more difficult to manage, given that straw tends to be cool and tough. Waiting for sunny and warm conditions will allow straw to break up and spread, improving results from harrowing.

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  • Top 10 things to inspect when prepping the drill

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    While growers wait to hit the fields, this is a good time to pull out the drill and give it a good inspection. A large flat concrete pad is ideal for leveling.

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  • Get the drill ready for spring

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    How to get the drill ready for spring: Level side to side and front to back, check each opener for wear, check shank trips, inspect all moving parts, inspect electronics, and do a sock test to make sure the air delivery system is not cracking seed.

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  • Residue management starts at the combine

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    Spread cereal residue evenly and chop it well to improve seed placement next spring.

    An important factor in canola stand establishment next spring is the crop residue situation this fall. An even mat of cereal residue is preferable to clumpy distribution that can affect drill performance, seed survival and overall crop uniformity next year. Fall is the best time to make sure residue is spread evenly. A properly adjusted combine straw chopper and spreader is key, and may eliminate the need for harrowing or stubble burning.

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  • Residue rescue: Survey results

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    High cereal yields last year mean more residue issues this spring. If the drill cannot cut through or dig under the residue to place seed into soil, then some sort of residue management may be the lesser of two evils. We ran a survey the past two weeks asking Canola Watch readers for their thoughts on effective spring management for residue.

    Following are the detailed responses we received. Note that the opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Canola Council of Canada and may not represent the best management practices….

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