Research scientists and inspection experts at the Canadian Grain Commission have been evaluating near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) instruments for measuring chlorophyll in canola. The Western Standards Committee recently recommended one more year of study before deciding whether to adopt it.
“Before the industry goes with a new grading technology, it’s important that the decision to use it is based on solid research,” says Elwin Hermanson, chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission.
“Once the research is completed on NIR, the standards committee will consider the full impact of changing canola- grading procedures for measuring chlorophyll.”
Headline on canola
BASF has received registration from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to expand the use of Headline, its innovative broad-spectrum fungicide, to include canola.
“Headline is the only fungicide that provides excellent disease control as well as the plant health benefits of AgCelence,” says Mark Kuchuran, brand manager, fungicides for BASF Canada. “When plants are not challenged by disease, they are able to grow more efficiently and tolerate short periods of cold, heat and drought. This has certainly been the case across a broad range of crops and over many years with the use of Headline.”
To protect against early season blackleg infestations, Headline should be used preventively. It can be tank mixed with all canola herbicide systems and applied before the appearance of blackleg disease symptoms.