Plant establishment

  • Stand establishment: Little things that made a big difference this year

    Plant establishment

    For many farms across the Canadian Prairies this year, dry soil conditions delayed germination, emergence and crop establishment. We note a few little details that seem to have helped canola emergence in these challenging conditions.

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  • Missing plants. What’s the cause?

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    Many factors can cause a thin canola stand. Proper diagnosis is important for effective management. Here are common factors, with diagnosis tips for each.

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  • Reasons for missing plants

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    With very dry conditions in many fields across the Prairies this spring, the most likely cause was probably seed beds too dry for germination. But what else might be at work?

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  • How to work through the reseeding decision

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    An established canola stand with as few as 1-2 plants per square foot generally has higher economic potential than a crop reseeded late. But reseeding can make sense if…

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  • Canola Watch PHOTO quiz – Scouted this week

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    Scouting for the season should start right at emergence. That way you can spot some of the early-season issues featured in this week’s photo quiz.

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  • Canola Watch quiz – Stand establishment

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    Six questions to test your skills for assessing canola stand establishment.

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  • Two common questions after a spring frost

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    Growers have two common questions after a spring frost: 1. Did the crop survive? (Do I need to reseed?) 2. When can I resume weed control? This article will help you answer both.

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  • Seeding-time decisions to improve profit

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    Marketing and environmental challenges often have farmers reviewing ways to best-manage inputs to improve profits. Here are common agronomy practices that can greatly influence crop profitability.

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  • How to increase canola seed survival rates

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    Only about 50-60 percent of canola seeds survive to become plants, on average. With the following tips, canola farmers can increase seed survival and get more from their seed investment.

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  • Timely seeding and stand establishment topics

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    Five topics: Take time and seed right; Use the Canola Calculator to determine the ideal seeding rate; The ideal time to seed canola; Seeding into dry soil; Flea beetles will keep eating on cool days.

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  • Top 10 canola-related jobs for April

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    1. Prep for good seed placement. 2. Use the canola calculator to set seeding rates. 3. Know the risk of seed-placed fertilizer…and more.

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  • Dry conditions elevate herbicide carryover risk

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    Residual herbicides need a moist environment for herbicide breakdown to occur within the expected time-frame. In dry conditions, the two major breakdown methods – hydrolysis or microbial degradation – will slow down, which elevates the carryover risk.

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  • What is seed dormancy and why does it matter?

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    Dormancy happens when a canola seed experiences unfavourable germination conditions and ‘decides’ not to invest in germination until a later date. This is the main contributing factor in the persistence of volunteer canola, which may not germinate for years after the seeds first fall to the ground.

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  • Consider yield and profit when choosing a seeding rate

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    A target of five to eight plants per square foot allows for the loss of a couple of plants to frost, insects or other establishment threats while maintaining yield potential. This seeding rate is extra insurance to reduce risk. This target density range is also wide enough to allow for some uncertainty due to emergence percentage and seed size variations within a seed lot. Here are the economic considerations for five to eight versus two to three plants per square foot…

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  • Sentinel story: Plant count case study

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    By Ian Epp Plants are fully emerged, making it a great time to take a look at canola plant stand and decide if you’re feeling satisfied or disappointed. The first herbicide application is a great way to extensively “scout” fields from the sprayer, but trying to scan plants as they pass under the sprayer just […]

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