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Prairie canola harvest slows in wet weather: CCC

Cool temperatures along with steady precipitation resulted in the canola harvest being slowed across most regions of Western Canada, according to the Canola Council of Canada’s (CCC) crop briefing for the period ended August 29.

Swathing was just getting started in parts of west-central Alberta and the Peace region, whereas combining was up to 60 per cent done in parts of central and eastern Manitoba, the report said.

Cool weather continued to delay maturity and seed colour change in standing crops and rain delays continued to limit combining progress in many areas.

Frost was reported in many areas of western Saskatchewan as well as central Alberta and the Peace region. Although the frost damage was light in many areas, some low lying areas likely experienced more damage, the CCC said.

Reports of late-season diseases continue, including high levels of sclerotinia in untreated fields in parts of Manitoba, northern Saskatchewan, central Alberta and the B.C. Peace.

The CCC report said the hot and dry weather earlier this summer caused purpling and premature plant colour change in many canola fields.

There were also reports from parts of central and western Saskatchewan regarding insects in newly harvested canola. Although there were concerns that these insects were rusty grain beetles, initial reports indicate that these insects are fungus feeders. These beetles feed on fungus that grows on crop residue or damp seeds.

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