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  • Top dress: How to identify nutrient deficiency

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    In-crop fertilizer applications can rescue a deficiency situation. But what nutrients are deficient? Look for these symptoms.

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  • How much fertilizer does canola need?

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    Canola generally needs nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur fertilizer each year. A small percentage of fields will also benefit from a potassium application. The following article suggests what canola needs and what soil and crop residue could provide. The rest will come from fertilizer.

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  • Conversations from canoLAB at FarmTech

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    The Canola Council of Canada agronomy team held a mini canoLAB at the Alberta Canola booth during FarmTech in Edmonton last week. Three common conversation topics came up as farmers and agronomists visited the booth….

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  • Fertilizer applications in November

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    The combination of warm weather and moist soils is almost ideal for losses. Growers may want to reassess the nutrient situation with a time-of-seeding soil test, then top-dress if amounts are less than expected.

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  • Fall soil sampling and snow

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    Snow in October is not usually a major problem for fall soil tests. Temperatures often improve before winter sets in for good, so sampling opportunities usually present themselves.

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  • When you see something new

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    Mystery symptoms 2016. Credit: Warren Ward

    Before spending money on a treatment, growers will need to identify the cause. The Canola Diagnostic Tool can help you work through the possibilities. A few localized tests can also help with the diagnosis….

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  • Novel products: Run your own tests

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    Rescue treatments for hail, excess moisture and other stress factors are rarely tested in broad scientific studies. Growers considering these treatments have to remember the decision comes down to “buyer beware”.

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  • Fertilizer rate in dry conditions

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    Growers with dry soil conditions may be tempted to reduce fertilizer rates. After all, if crops do not reach yield potential, reducing the cash outlay at seeding may mean that a lower-yielding crop could still be profitable. However, when it comes to canola in particular, fertilizing for average or target yields in spring is often the most economic practice — especially since seasonal moisture is so difficult to predict.

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  • Spring soil tests

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    Spring soil tests are the most accurate in predicting the soil nutrient situation at seeding time. Labs may be able to provide results within a few days or a week, so spring tests can be done without holding up the seeding process.

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  • Ultimate Canola Challenge: 2015 results, 2016 plan

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    The UCC website has protocols and objectives for 2016 and results from 2015.

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