Plant establishment

  • Canola Watch quiz – Seed theme

    Plant establishment

    The seed sales push for 2020 is going strong, as it usually is this time of year. If you’re thinking about next year’s seed while trying to harvest this year’s crop, this quick quiz might provide a few buying tips.

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  • Why count canola stems in the fall?

    Plant establishment

    While doing harvest disease scouting, why not do a plant count at the same time? Compare final plant populations for each canola crops to its days to maturity, evenness, harvestability and yield to determine your favourite plant density this year.

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  • 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?

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment

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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

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment

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

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  • Two common questions after a spring frost

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment

    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

    Plant establishment


    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?

    Plant establishment

    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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