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Cool Soil Temperatures Canola Sprouts

Across the Prairies this spring, canola emergence is very slow and in some fields, uneven. Research has shown much lower and slower canola germination at low temperatures. Soil temperatures above 5C have little effect on the time to 50 per cent germination; however, the number of days to 50 per cent germination increases dramatically at



Spring Canola Storage: It’s All In The Numbers

Two numbers should be on the minds of producers with canola in their bins – eight and 15. “For long-term storage canola needs to be kept below eight per cent moisture and 15C,” says Canola Council of Canada agronomist Matthew Stanford. “As oil content goes up, the potential for storage issues increases, so with the

Cutting Fertilizer Rates In Canola Can Cut Profits

Think twice before cutting back on fertilizer rates this spring. “With canola prices having backed off of last spring’s highs and fertilizer prices remaining relatively high, growers might be tempted to shave fertilizer rates in order to reduce costs,” says Canola Council of Canada senior agronomy specialist John Mayko. “But canola growers who cut fertilizer

Clean Equipment

If you knew that investing some time now could save you thousands of dollars later, would you do it? “Clubroot is a serious disease of canola, particularly in Alberta right now, with the potential to seriously harm crops,” says Canola Council of Canada agronomist Erin Brock. “By taking the time now to properly clean equipment,


Don’t Risk Export Access With Deregistered Varieties

Growers must keep deregistered canola varieties out of fields this spring, says Arvel Lawson, program manager for crop production with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “Canada’s bulk-handl ing system for canola means that all growers play a role in keeping canola export ready,” says Lawson. “Each and every load of canola delivered to the

Steer clear of deregistered canolas: CCC

Growers must keep deregistered canola varieties out of fields this spring, according to crop production program manager Arvel Lawson of the Canola Council of Canada (CCC). “Canada’s bulk handling system for canola means that all growers play a role in keeping canola export ready,” Lawson said in a council release Thursday. “Each and every load

Spread sulphur now, save money on 2009 crop

Applying elemental sulphur now can boost next year’s canola crop and save money, the Canola Council of Canada says. “If growers are interested in applying elemental sulphur for next year’s canola crop, look at broadcasting it this fall,” senior agronomy specialist John Mayko said in a release. Growers choose elemental sulphur fert i lizer because



Hit weeds hardest in post-harvest window: CCC

Post-harvest spraying is a great opportunity to control perennial weeds and winter annuals. Effective control this fall, while the weather co-operates on much of the Prairies, will prevent these weeds from robbing fields of moisture and nutrients early next spring, according to the Canola Council of Canada. “With high input costs, making sure nutrients are