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Stop Good Canola From Going Bad

Hot canola, even if it’s dry, needs to be cooled or it could go bad in the bin.

“Canola will respire for about six weeks after you stick it in the bin,” said Anastasia Kubinec, the oilseed specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. “And it can heat and the moisture can go up pretty quick without you realizing it.”

Even canola harvested at nine per cent moisture, which is considered dry, is at risk when harvested during hot weather like we’ve had in September.

Farmers should start their aeration fans as soon as they start filling their bins, Kubinec said. If the bins aren’t aerated farmers should check the bin in a week and be prepared to turn the crop.

Farmers have been harvesting a bumper crop of good-quality canola so far, Kubinec said. She said she’d heard of one farmer getting 70 bushels-an-acre, but most of the early canola will fall in the 40-to 50-bushel an acre range.

The cool, moist summer that corn and bean growers

“This is a way to recognize these teachers that are

going the extra mile in agriculture literacy.”

– AITC-M EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOHANNE ROSS

recognizes that only about one in every 50 teachers in this province has actually ever used their resources.

AGRICULTURAL LITERACY

This award will recognize a teacher who is not only using these resources but finding other creative ways to teach agriculture.

“This is a way to recognize these teachers that are going the extra mile in agriculture literacy,” she said.

AITC-M president Scott Van Alstyne said the organization can be very proud of the Amazing Agriculture Adventure and all its other accomplishments. They’ve also had excellent support from volunteers and sponsors over the years. But they’d always welcome more help, he added.

Since it began over 25 years ago, AITC-M has developed and distributed extensive resources for teachers to use to instruct about agriculture in their science and social studies curriculum. Additionally, the organization has run a Made in Manitoba Breakfast program, organized farm tours and run teach the teacher tours and training to help teachers themselves become more cognizant of agricultural basics.

AITC-M staff say about 70 per cent of all Manitoba’s 1,000 public schools have used its resources over the years.

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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